Are the current crop of Victoria’s Secret models too thin compared to other years?

E! is pointing out that the new crop of Victoria’s Secret models are rather tiny when compared to their predecessors from just a few years ago. While I don’t think that the new models are too thin in comparison to high fashion models, they’re skinnier overall than they used to be. I think they look like they’re healthy though and not emaciated. Still, it would be nice to see women that are more realistically fit instead of aspirationally thin for the most part. Victoria’s Secret is a brand to make everyday women look sexy, not a high fashion brand for the elite. Here’s what E! wrote about it:

Millions of fans (or those who merely enjoy seeing half-naked models in fancy undies) tuned in to watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but while you were drooling in front of your television sets, we had to wonder if some of those angels were drooling for a cheeseburger.

This isn’t exactly new news.

Back in April, Candice Swanepoel and her thin frame made headlines when we learned that her contract with the lingerie company was in jeopardy due to her dramatic weight loss (which she later commented on).

But watching the show, we can’t help but remember the days when models like Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bündchen took over the catwalk with their curves. Don’t get us wrong, they still made us question our meal choices, but they were also voluptuous. And now, it seems like the wings on these newbies are literally going to whisk them away.

[From E! Online]

I don’t know. I mean Tyra and Heidi are somewhat more curvy than that current models, but Gisele was just as waif-like. I don’t see any curves on her. I looked up the 2006 and 2005 shows, and there were several other women that were maybe a smidgen larger than the current crop of models. They had hips but were still extremely fit. They really worked those outfits too. Here are a few I found. I’m not saying that it’s some big scandal or anything. They’re models, they’re always going to be skinny. I liked it a little better when they looked like they did in 2005. That’s something I can relate to a little more.

Look at Tyra Banks in 2005. I can’t stand her but she looks hot here:
Tyra Banks in 2005

Heidi Klum is super fit and tiny but she’s got some hips on her. Maybe those are just her bones, though. This is from 2008.
Heidi Klum 2008

Gisele in 2005. She’s about the same as the current models.
Gisele in 2005

Isabeli Fontana in 2005. Hot!
Isabeli Fontana in 2005

Selita EBanks, 2005
Selita EBanks in 2005

Fernada Tavares, 2005
Fernada Tavares in 2005

Caroline Trentini, 2005

Heather Marks, 2006

Marija Vujovic, 2005*

Alessandra Ambrosio in 2005

For comparison, here are some of the current models.

Alessandra Ambrosio, 2011

Miranda Kerr, 2011

Candice Swanepoel, 2011

Chanel Iman, 2011

Doutzen Kroes, 2011

Adriana Lima, 2011

I think this is Lindsay Ellingson, 2011

Caroline Winberg*, 2011

Maryna Linchuk*, 2011

*Thanks to Mu for help with the model IDs! Photo credit: WENN and Fame

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  1. Kimble says:

    It was the thighs I noticed last night – you could drive a bus through most of them – yuck!

    I do think the models from 5+ years ago look way more healthy than this current crop.

    • Lupe says:

      Totally agree! Didn’t watch the show, but looking at these pictures, you can really tell how crazy-skinny some of these girls are by their thighs.

      Candace Swanepole and the Alessandra Ambrosio seem to be the worst, especially since in that 2005 photo Alessandra looks, in my opinion, so much healthier.

      • Sophie says:

        It’s really not fair to compare her to the way she looked six years ago. For most of us, there are only two options as we age: (a) develop visible cellulite or (b) maintain such a low body fat that you look way too skinny.

        Older women simply cannot carry around extra body fat the same way young women can. It will not be distributed the same way.

    • Erin says:

      Look at all the square vaginas! (Where there’s so much room between the legs that the natural “v” looks like a square)

    • carrie says:

      0 size + 6’= insanely skinny

      • Original Tiffany says:

        Insanely skinny, except for the amazing Doutzen! Damn, I wish I looked that good. I read about her workouts, they sound grueling! Lots of boxing and jumping rope-her trainer says she jumps rope better than the boxers. They looked way better on the whole in the past!

    • Lisa says:

      I love thigh gaps, though I’ll never have one, thanks to narrow hips. Bone structure dictates a gap more than anything. Even when I had a BMI of like, 17 — 19 now — I still didn’t have much of a gap.

    • kristiner says:

      It was definitely the thighs! You could totally tell how skinny they are because of the legs.

      I remember the show last year I think where Katy Perry performed. Behati Prinsloo was the first girl out during Teenage Dream and I thought she looked great. The camera panned to the side of her and you actually saw her hip wrinkle and dent like fat and she’s a 6 and considered one of the bigger girls. She’s SO skinny but looks super healthy.

      I don’t know why she wasn’t there. She has a super cute face and great body. Alessandra had the ugliest face. She always has perma-bitch face and now that her cheeks are emaciated she looks worse.

  2. ella says:

    They’re too skinny…….you can see their bones!tyra had a great body!

  3. Cherry says:

    Yes, most of these models are too thin. And no, that’s no news.

  4. merski says:

    You should look up Anja Rubik from this year’s VS show. She makes Candice Swanepoel look like a chubster, it’s terrifying.

    • IAMEROK says:

      Those pics are scary! That model looks ILL! As a fitness trainer I see all body types. Some women ARE naturally thin- add in weight training and cardio they can achieve a tight, tiny, and healthy body. That model looks like she can barely hold her arms up! I want to make her some steel cut oats and a steak STAT!!

    • DarkEmpress says:

      OMG! She looks horrible! Victoria’s Secret is not to blame though. It is the fact that these girls have to model for other companies who want them to be extremely thin. VS asked Chanel Iman and Candice Swanepoel to gain weight. Men do not want to bone a bone! Lol!

    • Lisa says:

      The first picture looks normal, but those arms do not! You don’t have to be a doctor to know that shit’s not right. Poor girl.

    • Ally says:

      I love Anja Rubik! She has a stunningly beautiful face, and she’s a memorable talent as a model, but she’s wrecking herself with her weight loss. Its amazing that her management & clients are okay with it. E.g., I can’t believe that Donna Karan thinks these images of a tortured body (& the imaginary smell of a taxi cab) will sell me perfume:

  5. Lauren says:

    you’re right, for the most part they’re similar sized, but I think there’s a big difference between being model thin but looking healthy like there’s at least SOME softness and being model thin and too gristly/veiny like Madonna. You can be the same size and look completely different. I wish they looked a little more like they *might* eat a cheeseburger instead of like they just finished a juice fast.

  6. Helvetica says:

    The last model with yellow gloves is Maryna Linchuk, belarusian model and super georgeous !

  7. S says:

    you don’t have a pic of her here, but there was a “new” girl that they auditioned for the fashion show and she is WAY too skinny. Watching her strut around in underwear made me cringe because she was so skeleton-like.

    • tapioca says:

      Do you mean the one that Leo DiCaprio was supposed to be into?

      I forget her name*, because they’re all pretty forgettable now – give me Heidi, Tyra & Ana Beatriz Barros any day!

      And Miranda Kerr has a baby’s head. Pics of her in her skimpies make me feel deeply uncomfortable.

      *No I don’t, it’s Karlie Kloss. But she’s supposed to be high fashion for her day job so that’s why she’s so skinny.

  8. Bubulle says:

    Yep no doubt they are way too thin which doesn’t make sense since VS is everything but HF, you need to have curve to promote lingerie. I’ve also noticed the show is getting tackier each year.

    • Carolyn says:

      I read an article which said that research done for VS indicated that normal women are turned off by the hype and unreal bodies in these shows and that their sales were suffering. Their parades 6-8 years ago without the wings and nonsense accessories are much nicer..and the girls look better. They’re on youtube if you really want to compare.

      • Ally says:

        I certainly find them off-putting. Trussing starving women up like turkeys and sending them to barely jiggle down a runway is so not 2011.

  9. UKHels says:

    there’s not that much difference really

    I would want to be that thin if I were walking down a runway in my knickers to be honest

  10. Mu says:

    The one with the sword: Marija Vujovic

    The last two: Caroline Winberg (1st) & Maryna Linchuk (2nd)

  11. Nev says:

    the new girls are boring….all look the same.

  12. CindyBman says:

    In some of the ’11 photos, I can see their ribs! Yikes.

  13. Lynnie says:

    Who are these people????

  14. Delta Juliet says:

    These pictures make me sad 🙁

  15. mememe says:

    Yes! Spot on! It is very noticeable, esp. on the 2 last girls! I am not saying they should gain weight, because I can’t really know that they are starving as opposed to being naturally very thin.Plus, they are really really tall! But… this “trend” has a bad timing, after all this talking about body image/ too skinny models etc. I don’t know if all the new Victoria Secret models are like this. If not, ok. Personally, i find more attractive/ enviable the 2005 crop. :p

  16. fabchick says:

    Miranda looks good imo. Adriiana is a little too thin but she is my favorite so I will give her a pass.

  17. Brit says:

    VS “old crop(Tyra, Giselle, Naomi)” of models walked better and had better bodies, which made the show more interesting.

  18. clare says:

    Even the mannequins are anorexic in the VS stores!

    I think Courteney Stoddard deserved to slut strut down the runway with them.

  19. jinni says:

    I think the big problem is that most of these models have long, boxy, athletic torsos with no define waists or hips. This shape makes even healthy looking models look skinnier than they might be in real life. If they hired girls with better waist to hip ratios, the models would look better.

  20. Quest says:

    VS always highlighted thin frames with big jugs but the 2011 models are not as curvy as most of the past models.

    Models today don’t have much hip,butt or curvy waistlines they usually have a straight cut frame

    • Sophie says:

      Yeah, they’re definitely more athletic. I actually find the 2011 look to be more relatable, since something approaching that physique can be obtained through exercise.

  21. sparkle.burnout says:

    Dang. These new girls look like drag queens.* Give me Tyra/Heidi types any day. *(“body” queens)

  22. MJ says:

    I know everyone was up on Candice Swanepoel’s (sp?) case about being too skinny, but shots of her from this show are actually more fleshy than before. Compared to the average woman, she’s still a waif, but she has a nice hourglass shape for being so thin. She has a very tiny ribcage/waist.

    Doutzen Kroes has an amazing body, more in line with the “old” VS look. I know she’s been outspoken about having lost jobs for being too “fat.”

    • Tiffany S says:

      I was thinking the same about Doutzen! God bless her for not starving herself.

    • KateNZ says:

      Yes! I’m glad someone applauded Doutzen, she has an amazing and healthy looking body, I wish there were more girls that were that sort of body type in the VS show (and in modelling in general).

      I have to admit I really like Miranda Kerr, she’s very small but it looks like she’s small framed and not starving herself.

  23. AquaticMusings says:

    Fashion show? These outfits look like something a first-grader would put together with paper mache, craft glue, sparkles, and lots of pipecleaners. So tacky. I don’t even get why people watch this. I would think that men would be like WTF are they wearing and then wonder why they have no butt or boobs. I don’t think they are too skinny, but many of them have little breasts and flat butts….

  24. AquaticMusings says:

    And I really don’t think most of them are anorexic. I truly believe that we have a distorted view of being thin because we see so many overweight and obese people on a daily basis. Being average is the minority and being thinner than average is an even smaller minority. There’s no shame in being any weight, as long as you are happy and healthy!

    • Krill says:

      I totally agree with this: “I truly believe that we have a distorted view of being thin because we see so many overweight and obese people on a daily basis.”

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        How can average be a minority?

      • jael says:

        Obesity wasn’t common in the 40’s and 50’s yet models were thicker. Being healthy doesn’t mean being skinny, average is not that thin.. sadly it isn’t although a lot of us women wish we were that thin, I wish I was.. only because you feel more comfortable with your body. Depending on your height and bone structure is what is average for you. It is NOT okay to say “I was born with this body” Yes, if you love yourself, do something about being healthier, living longer, lose weight for yourself not for others. It isn’t healthy to be over weight and it isn’t healthy to be rib skinny. If you love your body and yourself you will find ways to be healthier, don’t get comfortable with your body if it isn’t healthy just because you want to feel pretty. We have to take care of ourselves as women.

    • carrie says:

      you really thinks that a 6′ and size 0 woman looks healthy? i don’t know if they’re all anorexic but i feel they don’t eat every day (i talk about vegetables,fruit and meat not hamburger)

    • Jam says:

      I completely agree with you! America is so f’ing fat that when they see someone who’s thin they think they have an eating disorder. I’m so sick of thin shaming. It’s one thing if you PREFER a meatier, curvier woman, but not every “thin” person is starving themselves. People act like overweight is okay, when it’s not. It’s unhealthy.

      With that being said, I DO think Alessandra, Miranda, and Adrianna are thinner than before, and they looked so much better with a little more meat on their bones. Doesn’t mean I think they are anorexic.

      • Isa says:

        Perhaps because all three of them have had children?
        I know that before I had my kids I could gain about 5-8 lbs and still fit in my clothes. After, my hips had spread and well as my rib cage (I think) and 5-8 lbs put me in a bigger size.
        They may have lost the extra weight to get back down to the size they used to be.

    • Tracy says:

      I think we have more of a distorted view of normal since we see soooo many women in the media looking waif thin all the time. We’re bombarded daily with images of women who are tiny so much that size 0 starts to appear normal.

      • Estella says:

        I think Tracy’s statement is more on target. I opened up my V.S. catalog and was DISTURBED by how scary skinny many of the models are. It’s the return of the lollipop-heads like MaryKate Olsen and Nicole Richie when they were both admittedly anorexic. I am glad I do not have teenage daughters who might look at V.S. models and think they have to be this thin to be beautiful. I am 5’10 and a size six by the way and I feel positively curvaceous compared to these twigs. There is no excuse to look like a skeleton unless you are starving to death.

  25. Stubbylove says:

    The pic of Caroline Winberg is too funny – she looks like she’s shakin’ it – but there’s nothing to shake – her body looks like a 12 yr old boy – there’s nothing sexy about that.

  26. coffeeisgood says:

    I don’t understand why Brooklyn Decker or Bar Rafaeli don’t walk in the show. They both have amazing bodies. Wayyy curvier than the current models. I do love Alessandra Ambrosio, but she did look better a few years ago when she had a few more pounds on her.

    • Poirot says:

      They don’t have the legs for it
      Both have rather short legs

      Refaeli in paticluar has a bad catwlk which is why she was always relegated to back of the bus shows in Liverpool, Mexico city etc and never made the big time.

    • Jam says:

      They’re not VS Angels?

  27. Julie says:

    Doutzen is my fav… and I think they are a bit too thin. Overall they used to be fit, beautiful with a tad bit more meat. Alessandra used to be one of my favs but just too skinny now.

  28. tmbg says:

    No, I don’t think there’s a huge difference. They all look great and not malnourished like a lot of the models you see at Fashion Week. Doutzen is my favorite. Her figure is absolute perfection. I can’t believe anyone would think she’s fat, because she looks to be solid muscle.

  29. Fakey says:

    Do these models get to keep their knickers? Or they auction it off to the highest bidding pervy man?

  30. SweetLou says:

    That is just so sad, that as time goes by, women are encouraged to look less like women and more like stick figures, who feast mostly on water and cigarettes. The models of yester-year were curvy and more ‘realistic’ looking. These today are just…strange-looking. Those poor girls, someone give them a cheese-burger already! 🙁

  31. DeE says:

    To imagine the camera adds lbs, and I was looking at majority of them like, wow soooo skinny, such narrow pelvis’. Without some of the implants, they would barely look beautiful if not for some of their beautiful faces. There were a few, whose abs and stuff looked great, but overall, what man could really stuff them right without snapping em in half. Come on now, most men wanna pound and not only gently stroke these porceline dolls. Very little natural color in there….same with news anchors. Can we get a bit more representation while being grateful for the lil bit we do get to see.

  32. Tiffany S says:

    I really doubt any of the scary skinny models are really that thin naturally, especially after Adriana Lima confessed that she does crazy juice fasts and stops eating SOLID FOOD like NINE days before the show. The 2005/2006 girls were still very fit, but the look today is completely unattainable without starvation. From a personal standpoint, I was always naturally thin but struggled with anorexia in my late teens and began experimenting with, and then abusing cocaine in my early 20s because I loved how it kept my weight dangerously low. Maybe I’m projecting because I got that thin by making unhealthy, life-threatening choices, but I really think their figures are the result of extreme food deprivation, anorexia athletica, diuretics, cigarettes, and maybe drugs. Props to the women like Doutzen who look healthy; prayers and sympathy for the rest of them.

  33. Reece says:

    Me & the bf were watching last night and thought the same.
    I don’t know who it was but one of them turned at the end of the walk and her stomach was concave. It was really off putting. Miranda & Adriana are the only two we recognized. The rest all look alike.

  34. Laughing Librarian says:

    Of course they’re thin, but they still have boobies-so they can’t be ultra thin.
    Skinny hit b–ches. Let’s take a moment of silence to hate (and envy) them all.

  35. MellaYella says:

    Not one Tyra in that bunch except maybe Miranda K.

  36. MissVJJ says:

    Two words… LETICIA CASTA!!! The best VS model in history. Beautiful, and always looked a healthy weight! I remember when her and Tyra ruled the VS catalogs! I think these days more really young girls shop at VS than back in the 90’s. So of course now there’s lots o’ skinny minnie models.

    • myTbean says:

      I was flipping through the catalogue (missed the show altoghether) and I thought “wow these *girls* are not sexy at all… they look awkward”. And then I realized that was just it, they look like they just hit puberty and all their parts are out of whonk with each other – gangly, thin, blooming but not quite settled… and I couldn’t figure out why VS would use models built this way to market lingerie. But you know I think you totally pegged it with the market today. Because anytime I go into VS stores I either see girls shopping for their prom boustier or the barely legal girls in there trying to be feel more womanly with lingerie. So, yes – the market has changed for VS and they’re trying to cater to it.

      I wonder who will take VS’s place in the market for women.

      • Original Tiffany says:

        Remember the old days when Stephanie Seymour modeled lingerie for them? It was like this gorgeous woman, albiet thin, but a real woman modeling. At least she and Heidi don’t look like girls.
        I totally co-sign this one.

  37. Cerulean says:

    They look like hungry insects.

  38. Criss says:

    Bot too skinny except Karli, she should have packed on a few. But she and Chanel are the youngest and Karli happens to be working more than any other model. So she’s making MAJOR bank being that thin. She’s been in the featured articles of Vogue month after month. They just really love her. I’d be that thin if I was raking in millions. I noticed a lot of the girls thighs a little giggly, I’m glad to see that.

  39. Jover says:

    You’re right missvjj i think VS is really marketing to teens/younger set – and leticia a blast from the past and beautiful. the fashion industry over the last 10-15 yrs has ruined itself with it’s obsession with pedestrian size 0 models, it’s use of celebs on mag covers, and ceding cosmetic, etc. contracts to celebs, d-listers, hell, even reality show “stars”. Anne wintour needs to go, and fashion needs to go back to stylish clothes and beautiful – and relatable – models and moderate its infatuation with celebrity for the sake of celebrity, none of which this vs show embodies.

  40. Erin says:

    After the whole thing with Audrina not eating solids for two weeks prior to a show, I had had enough. I cut up my Victoria’s Secret VIP card and haven’t been back.

  41. MoMo says:

    K, the 2005 pics just confirmed for me I’m a lesbian lol. This post is hot muff Wednesday!

  42. crys737 says:

    I think Isabeli Fontana has the body type which is the most ideal. Toned plump thighs, defined hips, visible waist, athletic legs, and a good amount of meat on those bones. The new crop of girls looks hungry…

  43. Fakey says:

    Those criticizing these girls and calling them 12 year old boys will have no problem praising grotesquely obese actors like McCarthy and calling them sexy.

  44. Jessica says:

    Why is it that their stomachs all look like they have had plastic surgery or lipo or something???? They look all weird..

  45. Ramona Q. says:

    My 28-yr old brother on his own wrote me a text the other day saying the VS models are nasty skinny. I said if they all gained 15 lbs they would be lovely. He agreed. Nice at least one man doesn’t like the horrible, woman-hating praying mantis model body.

    • gab says:

      The men in my circle of family and friends feel the same way and have said the same.

      • Intercontinential says:

        Ditto x9: our boys here were running for gastro tubes to feed them…!

      • Inesse says:

        I think that it is woman-hating to refer to other women bodies as “praying mantis”. These models are probably healthier than most women bc they stay fit and do not have midsection fat which is dangerous.

  46. hatsumomo says:

    God these pics make me so angry, mostly at myself. I went bra shopping yesterday and its something I truely hate. I went from a 38DD to a 40DD and if one of those skinny twats sashay’d in front of me after I’d come out of the dressing booth, I would’ve punched one of them! Or all of them! Especially if they were wearing a cute lacy bra. The industrial boulder holders they make for my size are getting uglier and uglier.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      @hatsumomo: Try Frederick’s of Hollywood ( They have some really cute full figure bras. I’m a 36DD, so I feel your “Big boob bras are ugly” frustration. 🙂

      What I want to know is: what man thinks any of those get-ups are attractive?? They all look ridiculously cheap and not sexy at all to me. Is clown lingerie the new thing now?

  47. Sara says:

    I’m sorry but Victoria Secrets clothes are cheap and these outfits look ridiculous. Alexandra Ambrosia has a super gaunt face compared to the others, she better gain some weight before those buccal fat pads are gone forever.

    • carrie says:

      VS always look cheap : AUBADE or LA PERLA or CHANTAL THOMASS underwears look beautiful but also are expensive

  48. Jennmarie says:

    And I was just about to eat lunch…. sigh.

    • Intercontinential says:

      Gossip friend, eat it! You won’t do yourself any favours by not doing and everybody on this thread will still love you just the way you are…! 🙂

      Have a good day!

  49. wunder says:

    some real boobage would have been nice. . . but alas, that’s apparently not allowed in model land.

  50. suzymoon says:

    true,but you posted wrong pictures.every time they annouce a new vs angel im like ”WTF shes way too skinny for that”they look tired(which results in old) and overworked (in terms of their bodies obviously) to look ‘hot’

  51. Shannen says:

    Two premises: I don’t particularly appreciate the image of women these ‘fashion shows’ promote, lowering us all to mere sexual objects in males’ fantasies -let’s speak frankly here, the lingerie is not what they’re trying to sell. Also, I find it very likely that in the very least some -if not most- of these models go to great lengths to keep themselves thin.

    These being said, what I find disturbing is the amount of comments ripping off these women’s bodies. Of course, tastes are tastes, and if someone finds curvier figures more attractive, nothing wrong with that, but is it really necessary to be this aggressive toward one another? I believe women should be respected whatever shape, size, weight they come in, heavier, average, or lighter. Some of your comments seem to imply that, in order to truly be a woman, one has to possess curves, in certain places and in a certain amount. Not only this is offensive and hurtful to those who are naturally slender and rather flat, but it is also not what we should be judging ourselves from. Who cares about what ‘men’ supposedly like? Is it our life purpose to try and fit into whatever an imaginary male wants us to be? I say we should be the ones who like ourselves; as long as we stay happy and healthy, that’s all it matters, be it curvy, flat, chubby, naturally skinny etc.

    • Alexis says:

      I get the different body types point you’re making. The problem is that every single girl looks UBER-thin. That seems to make the point that that’s the best way to look in lingerie, which in my opinion (and in the opinion of most other people here) is just plain wrong. I’m not sure why VS wants to hurt their brand by going for thinner models.

      Further, I don’t know why we need to coddle the astonishingly tiny minority of people who naturally have a heroin-chic frame, especially when the consequence might be pushing girls and women who suffer from eating disorders. Many people are naturally slim, very, very, few naturally have the pin-thin figures on display on fashion runways. Many if not most models ARE naturally slim, but must starve to get runway-ready.

      I think the most striking comparison would probs be catalogue pics of tyra, heidi, and the gang from 2001/2003ish compared to current catalogue pics…

      • Shannen says:

        And I get the point you are making. I do, however, think that it is the whole obsession with body image at its very core that is not beneficial to anyone involved. How many women are satisfied with the way they look- and their weight in particular? From my own experience, I can say that almost no one is: most women are always trying -or thinking they should try- to either lose or gain a few/ a lot of kilos/pounds. I do have friends from either side of the spectrum, and those who are really skinny -naturally so- are desperate to make their figures fuller and curvier because they don’t feel womanly enough. The point I’m trying to make is that, in order to sell, this industry prays on everyone’s insecurities, setting standards so high that are almost impossible to achieve: you’ll always have a stomach not flat enough, breasts not large enough, thighs that are too big, back that is not round enough etc. Skinnier does not equal happier or more satisfied with yourself and this war between heavier weighting women and skinnier ones is not going to result in anyone’s victory but those of plastic surgeons.

        About eating disorders, I have had some firsthand experience with those too, and frankly I think their roots are much, much deeper into the human psyche than just flipping a page and seeing a photoshopped picture of a model whose body you covet. I hardly think that someone who’s satisfied -more or less, of course- with the person she is, who’s stable, feels loved and secure would feel compelled to starve herself to death/binge eat/purge just because of that. Often times, it boils down to feeling unloved, not in control of your own life, the need to fill a hole and, again, insecurity.

        @ ilse

        I think too that model sizes should be more varied, as maybe this would -hopefully- show that beauty comes in all shapes and forms, and, possibly, end this pointless conflict between those who weight more and those who weight less.

    • ilse says:

      The complaints probably are not towards the actual models’ bodies per se, but to the VS brand and their marketing, trying to sell these bodies as their view of women.
      Yes, there has been a change in the bodies of their models, no more Stephanie Seymour, or Laetitia Casta, but even some of the models that other years looked “fuller” now they look too thin,too hard.
      I understand preparng for the fashion show, the catwalk because there in no photoshop there, but one thing is that, and another is getting too thin.
      I amnot bashin the thin figure, but it is another thing that the brand is pushing that stereotype as a thing to aspire to. Why are they not keeping some of the “fuller” figures (they were just a bit more volptuous, and not fat at all). even the models, like Alessandra or was it Adriana who said how they have to crash diet for the show?
      VS is a a lingerie company, their models do not need to be that thin.

  52. Dani says:

    If Tyra weren’t Tyra, I’m sure they would have told her to lose weight for the show.

    That being said, the most stunning VS models to me are:

    Tyra Banks
    Isabeli Fontana
    Adriana Sklenarikova
    Helena Christensen
    Mini Anden
    Doutzen Kroes
    Karolina Kurkova
    Adriana Lima
    Liya Kebede

  53. GirlyGIrl says:

    In Japan they titled the show “Skinny Bimbo Butterfly Extravaganza”

    Forget the thinni-ness, the outfits were very silly, and the Moron Five soundtrack made it painful on the ears as well. The show was a bit embarrassing.

    When people ask “Is television dying?”, tell them “No, it’s committing suicide”

  54. A Fan says:

    The girls are very thin (too thin for my taste) and “muscled up” (again, not something I ever find attractive).

    More importantly, many do not have a lovely shape (outline). You know, the hourglass shape: small waist, curving out to hips; heart-shaped ass. You can still be thin (or very thin) and have a nice SHAPE. Many of the girls have overly developed muscles and a low waist-to-hip ratio, which I find boyish (aka masculine). They have lovely legs, but not a feminine shape.

    Gone are the soft, curvy girls from before. Sad…

    • JAY007 says:

      Candice Swanepoel has a real women’s body!Tiny waist, wider hips and heart shaped ass.
      Did you actually see her pics????

  55. Inesse says:

    Seriously, I do not see what is the big deal. Probably at least 20% of girls 20 to 35 are same size. At least where I live. And yes, it is in North America.

  56. Isa says:

    Isabeli Fontana looks amazing! Sigh…

    Why do all the women that have had babies look like their belly button has been raised and their skin looks too tight?

    • MissVJJ says:

      Tummy tuck. You described the classic sign of one 😉

      • Isa says:

        It looks weird! I guess to tighten up the skin? Heidi Klum’s is the worst, although in the picture above it doesn’t look that bad.
        My belly went back to normal after my first and I didn’t even look like them to begin with! My second is another story…

  57. Brit says:

    It’s funny that many on here think being 5’6 or taller and weighing less than 130 lbs is normal, it’s not. Ask ANY doctor! Calling Americans fat, because many notice that anorexia is NOT healthy is interesting. Being boney and having thin legs is not cute nor healthy. You can be a healthy weight like Tyra, Naomi, and still be sexy. Victoria Beckham is not a healthy weight either. And skinny does not equal healthy.

  58. Lisa says:

    I don’t see a difference. The outfits just got tackier.

  59. michelle says:

    one sentence ladies :look at Alessandra Ambrosio’s knees in 2005!!!!

  60. whatevs says:

    you know that the media hates women when tyra, heidi and those other 2005 models look healthy and voluptuous nect to the new girls.

    and i hate how they made Lima backpedal on her honesty about preparing for a VS show. goes to show how dangerous methods are used to sell this anorexia dream to ordinary women.

  61. JessicaSimpson says:

    I think what it is, is that these new models are really young (18-22) whereas, the prior VS models were a little older. Chanel Iman for example is only about 21 or 22. Also, we have come full circle with the anorexic sheik look as being desirable. Models, actors and even everyday people want to be super-skinny.

  62. Justathought says:

    All the above models looked awesome!
    A few of the unknown models looked way too thin with bony extrusions from the neck to the spine and half foot gaps between their panties & thighs along with protruding hip sockets! Not attractive at all..just sickly and should be banned.

  63. Ana says:

    I think these are all clearly very beautiful girls. Yes, many of them would look wonderful with a couple of extra pounds BUT there is no reason to hate on them for having a particular body type. In my opinion, they are still knock outs!

    Also, it is sad that women like these get blamed for creating body image issues but then are the target for some really nasty comments. I hope they stay away from reading these blogs and comments…

  64. Kelly says:

    @Celebitchy: This model on the third last picture is not Lindsay Ellingson, it is actually Toni Garrn! 😉

  65. Vera says:

    Mmm…part of it is the preperation for the runway show..a lot of them generally have a few more pounds on them but exercise a lot more coming up on the VS Fashion Show. Granted, some of them like Alessandra, Candice, and Rosie (if she had been there) have been on the skinnier side for ages. The comparison of years with Alessandra just shows that her hair looks better. But some of the others that have been in previous ones are looking thinner. Adriana has looked better in previous years for sure. But overall, save for a few of them, they don’t look starved skinny so much as very intense exercise regiment skinny.

  66. faye says:

    Lindsay Ellingson’s body looks gross in that pic.

  67. skeptical says:

    instead of hating on these models… since they’re just doing their jobs.. let’s ask ourselves why VS thinks this is what will sell?
    Is there something we do that reinforces this ideal?
    VS is still a business. They wouldn’t be telling their models to starve if they didn’t think it would help their bottom line.
    The models are just trying to keep their jobs. We KNOW it’s possible to lose out on a modeling job for “being too big” because a number of you have already said one of the VS models had that happen to her!

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  69. Design811 says:

    So so sad, who at VS is making these decisions for models
    To look like human skeletons. Would love to know how they would look in their bra and panties

  70. amy says:

    So sad and so dangerous that these women, are a rolemodel for our teenage daughters. These women are way too skinny, but because they are models it is accepted.
    These models dont look healty and they do not represent the majority of real women. Because real women dont look this skinny.

  71. Heather says:

    The 2005 crop is curvier & prettier. The new girls look way too skinny. Tall or not, starving or not, whatever they are doing is not working for them. They need to have a few pizza parties!

  72. Maria L says:

    That’s not lindsay Ellingson.

  73. Madeline s. says:

    Are you guys all retarted? How can anyone call any of these girls grossly skinny? They are probably one of the healthiest models out there. Sorry if they have nice flat stomaches with nice defined arms and legs. I bet half of you that commented are sitting on your fat asses with your gut hanging out of your jeans, feeling sorry for your self because you know you will never look as good as these beautiful models.