Adriana Lima, the longest-serving Victoria’s Secret Angel, has announced that she will no longer take off her clothes “for an empty cause”.
The Brazilian model took to Instagram to vocalise her opinion on society’s expectations for women to look a certain way. “I am tired of the impositions,” she shared, “we can’t [continue] living in a world with such superficial values, it’s not fair.”
Her epiphany came after a friend expressed dissatisfaction with her body. “It made me think,” Adriana wrote, “that every day in my life, I wake up thinking, how do I look? Was I going to be accepted in my job? And in that moment, I realised that majority of woman probably wake up every morning trying to fit in a stereotype that society / social media / fashion etc. imposed.”
Though the 36-year-old mother-of-two told People in September that her plan was “to stay [at Victoria’s Secret] as long as my body allows me, at least until I am 40, so that’s four or so more years,” her social declaration would suggest otherwise. “I will make [a] change… I will start with me,” she said.