Fallen angel: Adriana Lima won't take her clothes off for an “empty cause"
Adriana Lima has had a (potential) career changing epiphany about body positivity, posting a lengthy manifesto to Instagram detailing a shift in her standards of accepting (and declining) particular jobs. The image Lima posted is a message about the unrealistic standards of society: "we...can't [continue] living in a world with such superficial values, it's not fair," she writes.
In the caption Lima details the reasoning behind her change in mindset: "I had received a call for the possibility of filming a sexy video of me to be posted and shared in social media. Even though I have done many of this type, something had changed in me, when a friend approached me to share that she was unhappy with her body," she explained.
"Something had changed in me... that's not physically and mentally healthy, so I decided to make that change..... I will not take of my clothes anymore for [an] empty cause...," she wrote. You can read the full message here:
Understandably, fans and media have jumped to the conclusion that this could mean Lima is breaking ties with Victoria's Secret. The model is the longest standing current Victoria's Secret model, walking her first show when she was eighteen years-old in 1999. It is likely that the "sexy video" is the Love advent calendar featuring other Victoria's Secret Angels including Taylor Hill, Sara Sampaio and Gigi Hadid. Marie Claire reports that Lima has unfollowed most of the Angels on Instagram (bar Lais Ribeiro and Lily Aldridge) and has also unfoloowed Ed Razek, senior creative at Victoria's Secret.
Fellow VS angel Alessandra Ambrosio announced that she would retire from Victoria's Secret following this year's fashion show in Shanghai. At the time Lima said she wanted to stay with Victoria's Secret until her 20th show.
Lima ended the post with: "Let's fucking change the world." Lima is yet to officially comment on the rumours that she is leaving Victoria's Secret, however according to TMZ, "Adriana thinks Victoria's Secret actually empowers women to be confident. The "empty cause" was the video shoot unrelated to the lingerie line."
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