Victorias Secret has a lot to learn from Rihannas Savage x Fenty show

The show managed to get it so right because Rihanna has lived life as a woman who has once been left out of a narrative (Picture: Rex; Rihanna/Instagram)

Its safe to say Rihannas Savage x Fenty show arrived on Amazon Prime Video with an empowering bang that just knocked all of Victorias Secrets out of their drawers.

As a lifelong fan of the Victorias Secret brand, their annual fashion show was one of my favourite events in the showbiz calendar. There were times I would count down the days until I could see the likes of Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Ming Xi, Jasmine Tookes and Candace Swanepoel strutting their stuff down the runway.

I praised the ladies for working out like athletes to get in the best shape to strap on those heavenly wings and dazzling bras. And I watched in horror when Lais Ribeiro sprained her ankle the day before the 2012 show, leading Behati Prinsloo to step into her carefully customised undies instead.



In my head, the incident explained the practical reason why Victorias Secret models all had to be around the same size. But then Rihanna launched Savage x Fenty in 2018 and shook the damn table. And if we thought her first show was unique, then her latest presentation at New York Fashion Week was out of this world.

It was a masterclass in diversity, living up to the brands promise of celebrating fearlessness, confidence and inclusivity. Savage X Fenty once again brought us a show from a female lens, and unsurprisingly, it made women like me feel incredibly empowered.

Rihanna and her team simply wants every single persons body to be seen and celebrated like a work of art, rather than just a clothes horse to be outshone by the art.

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Victorias Secrets Achilles heel in recent years has been the lack of complete inclusivity and diversity. While they do have a variety of ethnicities and skin tones in the show, every model on the runway was pretty much the same shape and size.

Meanwhile, the models chosen to play a part in Rihannas game-changing revealed just how well size inclusivity and diversity can work in the world of fashion. In fact, the very first woman to model an outfit in the show was a plus-size black woman, and theres no stronger statement than that.



As the mix of professional models and normal women walked, danced and twerked their way around the Grecian-inspired set in Brooklyns Barclays Center, we were given the best advertisement for lingerie Ive ever seen in my life.

Big names like Gigi and Bella Hadid, Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls walked alongside women who would never have been given a chance to participate in such a high profile celebration of sexiness. Amputees, trans superstars and curvier models that would never have been highlighted in this fashion world had an equal opportunity to shine and it was a joy to behold.

Plus, if you ever wanted to know how well a piece of underwear would hold up during the wildest of movements, then look no further than watching dancers shake what their mama gave em under the slick direction of choreographer Parris Goebel.

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A long-time collaborator of Rihanna, Parris is famous for her mesmerising, powerful and unapologetically sexy dancing style and her vision merged perfectly with Rihannas to deliver a show that was crazy, sexy and oh so cool.

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