The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show may be stirring negative press for cancelling acts like Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry, but for Ashley Graham, the annual lingerie event poses a different problem. On Sunday, the 30-year-old supermodel took aim at Victoria’s Secret and its historic lack of curvy models with a Photoshopped Instagram post, shading the company’s preference for thinner models.
The post featured a photo of Graham walking the runway for Addition Elle, a curvy lingerie brand with which Graham has a collection. The background of the photo—which included a glittery runway, flashy lights, and giant angel wings protruding from Graham’s back—was Photoshopped to resemble a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
In her caption, Graham clarified that the wings (a VS staple) were not for Victoria’s Secret, but for Addition Elle. “Got my wings! 🦋💐🌈😜 .. my #AdditionElle wings!,” Graham wrote, accompanied by the hashtag, “#thickthighssavelives.”
This isn’t the first time Graham has criticized Victoria’s Secret’s lack of body-inclusivity. In September, the model shared an ad for curvy brand, Lane Bryant, in which she declares, “I’m no angel.” In December 2016, shortly after the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Graham spoke to TMZ about the need for curvy VS models. Though she admitted she’d jump at the opportunity to walk in the show, she pointed out a serious flaw in the brand’s image.
Given Graham’s statements, as well as cries from other curvy models (such as a viral woman who created Victoria’s Secret’s model poses), we hope the the brand takes a hint and adopts a serious change for 2018.