That was the question asked by W magazine this morning and their answer was “Yes, Please!” and I say “Gosh NOOOOO!”.
Don’t get me wrong, I think she is absolutely stunning, feminine, sensuous, voluptuous, sexy, glamourous… Pick one adjective defining woman beauty and she symbolises it. But the only little blip in that picture perfect image is that she is not a woman. For various reasons which I absolutely do not judge, the boy she was never found peace and happiness so she became Carmen Carrera. And she did right because she finally found her path, her equilibrium and success.
The only thing that bothers me is to pick her as the image of woman perfection when she is not a woman, no matter how many operations she underwent or how much hormones she takes. In a society where it is becoming more and more difficult to be a balanced and healthy woman, where beauty canons are so hard to reach that editors photoshop every single model or actress so they meet a distorted reality, do we really need to put a transgender as a beacon of femininity? Cannot we find on the five continents women beautiful enough to embody Victoria’s Secret Angels? Are Gisèle Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio and Lili Aldridge not good enough anymore?
I understand that Victoria’s Secret needs to make an impact, an ad that goes viral. But is this really the only solution? Please artistic and media directors be a little more creative, less provocative and choose wisely.