Wednesday, December 8, 2010

To Victoria's Secret, re: Your fashion show

Dear Victoria's Secret,

Congratulations on another amazing show of beautiful women wearing fantastically impractical lingerie. This year your fashion show brought 9 million American viewers to CBS -- your largest audience in seven years! There was a breath-taking brigade of 34 models, six of whom were of color (and I'm including lone Asian model Liu Wen as a numbers boost). I'm not complaining -- Chanel Iman, Selita Ebanks, and Lais Ribeiro contributed an impressive 18 percent of boobs of color to your show. Lord knows how "difficult" it is to find decent models of color, so one behalf of the colored population of the world, I thank you.

And what a theme! "A Night of a Thousand Fantasies" featured six different themes to represent different types of women: heavenly bodies, pink, country girls, game on, tough love and wild things. The costumes were wonderfully creative and inventive, but one of the more notable scenes in your show was the "wild" segment, where, no doubt coincidentally, the models of color were prominently featured.

That was an accident, right?

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