‘"Real" women posed in swimwear for Victoria’s Secret and what happened …  


The models that are displayed in magazines represent beauty standards often unreal or where the majority of women do not recognize. 

This revealing photo-series compares  models wearing Victoria’s Secret swimsuits and everyday women working  for BuzzFeed. The shoot took place on a beach in Malibu where each woman  tried to re-create the pose and look of the original Victoria’s Secret  shot. Although there was ample opportunity to feel self-conscious, the  experience yielded some insightful commentary.

One woman reflected, “I think everyone  should get photographed on the beach in a bathing suit at some point in  their life…it is a really fun experience that kind of helps you to get  over any insecurities.” Another shared a similar sentiment: ”We may not  all be models, but the world is a runway for ALL of us.”

These women tried to recreate swimsuit-model shots in Malibu 

They wore the same Victoria’s Secret bathing-suits
“It’s really hard to be objective about your own body — so when someone says something nice about you, you should believe them”

“Don’t compare yourself to the model. Very few of us are the model”
“You don’t have to look like Behati to wear a swimsuit. Do what makes you happy and you’ll be OK in the end”
“We may not all be models, but the world is a runway for ALL of us”

“I think everyone should get photographed on the beach in a bathing suit  at some point in their life… it is a really fun experience that kind of  helps you to get over any insecurities”

“Having airbrushed skin and zero fat doesn’t make you beautiful, having confidence and radiating that confidence makes you beautiful — ‘flaws’ and all”

The Truth About Competition Suits
  • swimmer:*looks at the suit* ...oh man
  • coach:well do you want to go fast?
  • swimmer:um..well...but....yes
  • swimmer:how the hell am I gonna be able to fit into this??!
  • swimmer:*putting it on* ow ow ow. this isn't going to fit. this isn't going to fit....someone! I need help putting this thing on
  • *after 10000000 minutes, 3689 other swimmers helping, and 3498237020 groans of pain*
  • swimmer:phew finally got this thing on.
  • swimmer:...ow my shoulders
  • swimmer:*is scared to breathe too hard or scratch an itch in fear that the suit just falls apart and then swimmer will have to pay an entire years worth of college tuition and give up first born to pay for another one*