Ashley Graham slams Victoria’s Secret for not using plus-size models in Shanghai show

Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret.

Plus size model Ashley Graham has taken a swipe at Victoria’s Secret for not using plus-size lingerie models in its 2017 fashion show, which took place in Shanghai last night.

In a post directed at the US brand, Graham Instagrammed a picture of herself walking down the runway in her underwear, with wings – similar to those worn by Victoria’s Secret Angels – photoshopped onto her back.

Alongside the image, she wrote the caption, “Got my wings! My #AdditionElle wings! #thickthighssavelives”.

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Got my wings! 🦋💐🌈😜 .. my #AdditionElle wings! #thickthighssavelives

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This is not the first time Victoria’s Secret has come under fire for casting only the thinnest models in its shows and photoshoots.

In April 2016, former Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton opened up about her decision to leave the brand in 2013, explaining that she spiralled into depression after she was told to lose weight.

“My last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight,” she said in an interview with TIME’s Motto. “I look back like, ‘Really?’”

In October 2014, more than 8,000 people signed a petition demanding that Victoria’s Secret apologise for its Perfect Body advertising campaign.

The petition, launched by three students from Leeds, criticised the marketing campaign for sending out a “damaging message” by failing to “celebrate the amazing diversity of women’s bodies”.

And in November 2015, JD Williams slammed Victoria’s Secret in a campaign against unattainable body images.

The British retailer revealed its own version of the infamous angels – three ‘curvy’ models aged over 40 – to encourage diversity in the fashion industry.

Nicknamed Aliza’s Angels, models donned Aliza Reger lingerie – a range exclusive to JD Williams – and angel wings for an appearance outside Victoria’s Secret’s store on London’s New Bond Street.

The stunt was in reaction to the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which celebrated its 20th anniversary that year.

 

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