According to a study in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, the average American woman wears a size 16. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show hasn't featured a model above a size 6 in its entire 20-year history and size-8 model Nadia Aboulhosn doesn’t see that changing any time soon.
"I think they have a brand image for themselves," she toldMic. "That's just what they've done for years. I can't expect everyone to turn a new leaf as quickly as I'd like them to. I love VS, I wear them all the time. I really think with time, they will. Maybe that's me thinking positive or maybe that's because I never give up on trying to break down doors."
Aboulhosn has appeared in campaigns for H&M, Addition Elle, and Khloe Kardashian’s Good American. In April, become the second “plus-size” model in history to appear on the cover of Women’s Running magazine. She also has more Instagram followers (503k) than many of the models who appear regularly in the Victorias Secret Fashion Show. So what is it going to take to get her, or someone like her, into the show?
"I think it's just going to have to be pushing down doors and really being persistent," said Aboulhosn. "The more we show and demand that women of all sizes and ethnicities are beautiful, then they'll come around."
Victoria's Secret is notoriously known for being slow to embrace diversity. It wasn't until last year that they finally celebrated natural hair by letting Angolan model Maria Borges walk down the runway with her afro. Even in that show out of the 44 models, only seven of them were black and two of them were of Asian descent. Aboulhosn is still holding on to hope, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
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