It seems as though nowadays, celebrities can’t catch a break. They lose a bit of weight to feel a bit better about themselves but now, they’re too skinny. Or in an inverted position: they put on some weight for health reasons and now they’re cellulite is deemed ugly. We hiss and moan at celebrities who are seen at an event wearing something out of the norm or an actress who has spent most of her life blonde but has decided to go brunette – but when does too much complaining become just that: too much?
We all know the gorgeous and desired Rosie Huntington-Whitely, right? Not only is she in a relationship with action-man Jason Statham, a famous Victoria Secret model and also starred alongside the handsome Shia LaBeouf in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but she’s now a clothing designer. Or more correctly so – a lingerie designer – for retail giants Marks and Spencer.
Although Rosie is known for her sleek and slim figure, it is great to know that her line caters for ladies who are sized between 8 to 20 and cup size A to E (and in some styles, a G). But for once, it’s not the sizes of the clothing that has critics raging – it’s the advertisements.
After seeing some of the digital advertisements of Huntington-Whitely advertising a particular light pink lingerie set with a floral dressing gown in a bedroom, members of the public complained. An industry watchdog described the advertisements as “degrading to women” and that they began to “reinforce sexual stereotypes” within women.
However, Marks and Spencer have fought back at the critical comments from watchdog, denying that the advertisements were inappropriate or offensive. They said that the line was “designed by a woman for women and not for the titillation of men.”
Personally, I find that there is nothing wrong with the digital advertisements of Rosie Hungtinton-Whitely modelling her line, except that maybe she’s too pretty. (Wait, sorry, that’s just my jealousy interrupting.) She’s a great, successful and talented young woman who is using the means of digital advertisements to show off her dainty and gorgeous underwear – not her dainty and gorgeous figure or face. That’s where people have their own underwear in a bit of a twist: they understand that maybe just because Rosie is a model for underwear empire Victoria Secret, (who are known for seductive pieces) that she has to incorporate that style into her own designs. Which of course is a ridiculous idea!
Thankfully, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) took a look at the advertisements and classed them as inoffensive, they also said “[the underwear] did not draw attention to particular parts of her body in a way that was sexually suggestive.”
See, Britain, just because a woman has designed her own lingerie line – doesn’t mean she is degrading every woman who likes and buys it!