Victoria's Secret is not off the hook yet. They need to apologise for the damage that this ad has done, and pledge that they will not use such harmful marketing in the future. It is not enough to just silently change the words and move on as if nothing has happened. Until then, it's only a partial victory.
As I touch the different fabrics a sea of memories transport me to a sentimental zone that nothing else in my room has, even photographs. Each garment is a piece of me at different times in my life, all the sides of a woman concealed silently in a draw and I instantly feel fiercely protective of all of them.
The femininity and romance continues with bold and rhythmical flowers and leaves designed to move sensually with the body - in particular, the hand finished diamante drops and peek-a-poo aesthetic of the sheer base teamed with seductive suspender belt, thong or brief. It's super pretty, super feminine, and super expensive.
When I got the call on a Thursday asking if I wanted to take part in a filming for Triumph's 'Women in Making' project as one of their 'real makers' the following Monday, I of course said yes. Since my last turn playing celebrity interviewer, I've been dying for a chance to get on camera and hear 'ACTION!' once again like an aspiring starlet.
Enrique casually leans on one woman's nearly naked bottom, while another woman grinds hers into his right ear. He buries his handsome face in the crevice of the first woman's arse. The camera pans across a room filled with women in bikinis, lacy lingerie, and see-through underwear. The men are fully clothed.
Ultimo celebrated it's 14th birthday last week, which was a very proud moment for myself and my team. It's been a rocky year for the brand due to my marriage break up (a lesson learned, never mix business with pleasure!), but the company is back on solid ground and our future is looking very bright indeed. I couldn't be more excited about the next chapter. Like any birthday, you find yourself looking back nostalgically at what you've achieved, where you've been, what you would have done differently - and after 14 years in the industry, I can honestly say it's been an incredible ride and I wouldn't change a thing...