Ali Tate Cutler has become the first plus-size model in Victoria’s Secret history.
The U.S. size 14 model was hired to front the brand’s new racy collaboration with British lingerie line Bluebella, which features garter belts, bodysuits, thongs, and bras.
Speaking to E! News, she revealed that she wants her groundbreaking modelling gig to enable young girls to feel empowered and self-confident, whatever their size.
“I am most excited about the fact that a young girl is going to walk into Victoria’s Secret who maybe looks like me and see a picture of me on the wall and be like, ‘Oh dang, she’s beautiful and she’s my size and don’t need to change my size to be beautiful.’ That’s my biggest dream regarding this partnership,” Cutler shared.
However, she is worried about negative comments about her appearance in the ad campaign.
“My biggest worry would be that it’s not received well. Receiving hate for my size… That people will respond negativity to women of bigger body types on these huge brand like Victoria’s Secret. That’s a worry, but not a huge worry,” she candidly explained.
Cutler said the experience so far, including the launch of the Bluebella for Victoria’s Secret collection at the brand’s flagship store in New York, has been “surreal”.
“It feels amazing, I feel on top of the world…. I never expected that I was going to see an image of myself on the wall next to these top super models that I have been looking up to since I was a little girl,” Cutler gushed.
In recent years, Victoria’s Secret has come under fire for the lack of inclusivity in the models they hire. They have begun making small strides towards greater representation, having hired the brand’s first transgender model, Valentina Sampaio, to promote the VS Pink line in August.
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