Why Candice Swanpoel Should Have Little to No Impact On Your Self Esteem

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is tonight, which means you get to drool over the pretty wings, live performances, and outrageous lingerie that you would never wear. Oh andddd Candice Swanpoel’s insane body. Though the show attracts plenty of male spectators, I have to admit that I look forward to it each year. It’s fun and girly and colorful. But I also know that looking at these women’s impeccable bodies while you’re at home sitting on the couch is not always the best thing for your self esteem.

But here’s the thing: when you think about it, these Angels’ bodies have little to nothing to do with you. The truth of the matter is that everyone could have abs like Adriana Lima if they had the resources she has access to. If you had nothing to do all day but workout with a trainer and eat healthy meals that a chef prepared for you, it wouldn’t be difficult to be shredded in a matter of months. Add in some great makeup, leg lengthening heels, and a killer spray tan and you’d nail the Angel look.

Also: why are we so quick to compare ourselves to supermodels and not other professionals? Essentially, these women are paid to have great bodies. It’s their profession. Yet we somehow feel as if they’re the standard of comparison for normal women across the country. If that’s the case, then we should be comparing our athletic prowess to LeBron James, our vocal chops to Lady Gaga, and our rapping ability to Jay-Z. But we don’t. So why should professional supermodels be any different? These people are at the tippy top of their game. They’re paid millions to look the way they do. They’re professional hotties. Yet if you wouldn’t expect yourself to be a professional baseball player or chef, why would you expect yourself to have a body like a professional supermodel? It seems crazy when you think about it that way.

Let’s use these women as an inspiration to get active. Find out how they train or what they eat. But enough looking at them and seeing our own faults. You dig?

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