"I will not take off my clothes anymore for an empty cause," the Victoria's Secret model shared in a lengthy Instagram post.

By Renee Cherry
Updated: December 11, 2017
Photo: Taylor Hill/Shutterstock

She may be one of the top lingerie models in the world, but Adriana Lima is done taking certain jobs that require her to look sexy. The 36-year-old model revealed in an Instagram post that she's had a change of heart about accepting certain jobs that have an "empty cause" or that make women feel pressured to look a certain way.

"I had received a call for the possibility of filming a sexy video of me to be posted and shared [on] social media," Lima wrote. "Even though I have done many of this type, something had changed in me."

Lima went on to explain how it was a friend approaching her about being unhappy with her body that made her realize all of the unfair pressures put on women by society. "It made me think...that every day in my life, I wake up thinking, how do I look? Was I going to be accepted in my job? And in that moment I realized that [the] majority of women probably wake up every morning trying to fit a stereotype that society/social media/fashion, etc., imposed...I thought that's not a way of living and beyond that...that's not physically and mentally healthy, so I decided to make that change...I will not take off my clothes anymore for an empty cause."

Lima's been one of the most famous Victoria's Secret angels for years, and her message comes at a time when more and more voices are speaking up about the VS Fashion Show's lack of body diversity. But beyond making it clear that she wants to stop taking jobs that she thinks could potentially make women feel bad about themselves, Lima didn't address Victoria's Secret specifically or clarify whether she'll be giving up walking in future shows as part of her change of heart. So while some fans read the post as a sign she's quitting the franchise, as of now, it doesn't seem she has plans yet to retire her angel wings. (She's said in the past that she thinks the show can be empowering for women.)

Lima went on to say how she's determined to "f--cking change the world" and the superficial values imposed on women. "I want to change it, [in] the name of my grandma, my mother, and all her ancestors that have been labeled, pressured, [and misunderstood]...I will make that change...It will start with me."


Comments (3)

May 5, 2018
A true angel. Brightest blessings and best of luck to you, Adrianna.
May 5, 2018
December 26, 2017
Up front, I'd like to say, she is definitely a beautiful young woman. I'm not sure if it's the author of this article or her own words, but this sounds quite vapid and empty to me. To say that watching young girls with starving bodies, parade the catwalk, in sexy, barely there, lingerie is "empowering for women" is horse manure! And Victoria's secret? Well, it's really no secret. That show is for men. Straight up, soft porn. What woman in the real world can afford that million dollar diamond bra.... I've personally never shopped there. I went in once to buy a pretty bra that was on display in the window. Alas; they do not carry any sizes smaller than a B-cup. Yep. I sure did feel "empowered" that day. But that was a long time ago. I'm older now and have much more confidence and love for myself now. Sadly, though most young girls/women do feel the need/desire for validation from someone elses expectations and never learn to rise above the "perfect face and body" depicted on the cover of a magazine. I would really like it if these words turn out to be truth.