Victoria's Secret model Sara Sampaio has spoken out against an article fashion website Jezebel published last week about her, in response to a video the lingerie label posted on Instagram.
The Jezebel article, entitled 'Helpful Victoria's Secret Reminder: Even Models Hate Themselves' took Sampaio short film in which she compares her frame to fellow model Candice Swanepoel body structure and criticize the model for comparing herself to another lingerie model.
“The video is packaged as though it's supposed to encourage women to accept and love themselves, but it's really just one model talking about how another model is so totally sexy in an unobtainable way,” reads the Jezebel article, written by Erin Gloria Ryan.
However earlier this week Sampaio published her own personal response to the article on her Facebook page, stressing that the short film was created to encourage women to embrace their diverse body types and calls on women to 'stand together'.
“Dear Erin from Jezebel, I don't hate myself! I was actually taught by my family to respect and love myself and indeed others! I feel sorry that you were not able to see beyond your own self-serving interest to sensationalize a story, by creating a negative spin on a positive message and making a foregone conclusion about a young 'model' you have never met before,” wrote Sampaio.
“I have a lot of young girls that look up to me as a young woman and role model. I have been criticized for being too skinny and judged purely on my looks. I have been vocal because I believe that as women we are all beautiful and no matter what we look like we deserve to respect ourselves and be respected and loved by others.”
“The title of your article states that I hate myself, on the contrary I love myself as I am. I can also look at another woman and admire her beauty. In fact, I admire the beauty of many women from all areas of life, not only Candice's. It doesn't mean I want to look like them because I am happy the way I am, the way my mother and father brought me into this world, and who I am today and who I will be in the future.”
“You are a beautiful young woman, please love yourself and don't judge other women that you don't know. As women we need to stand together. We are judged and objectified often enough by men. Here is to your feminism,” concludes Sampaio, referencing the end of Jezebel's article which states: “We did it guys. We won feminism.”
The response comes not long after Victoria's Secret was recently under fire for its latest bra campaign, which was originally named the 'Perfect' Body and caused thousands of people to sign a Change.org petition asking the label to “apologise and take responsibility for the unhealthy and damaging message that their Perfect 'Body’ campaign” sent out. Earlier this month, the lingerie brand silently renamed its campaign “A Body for Every Body.”