These empowering ladies are proving the need for more diversity in fashion.

By Faith Brar
Updated: December 12, 2016

In its 21-year history, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has been notorious for holding their models to a very particular standard. In recent years, they've made an effort to be more diverse, but have continuously fallen short.

Case in point: Only two women of color made the latest crop of ten Victoria's Secret Angels. There's yet to be an Angel of Asian descent, and even though the brand chose Jasmine Tookes to model the infamous fantasy bra, she is only the second woman of color to ever do so.

Needless to say, neither the brand nor their infamous fashion show accurately represents the average woman - who is a size 16, by the way.

In an effort to prove the need for more diversity in fashion, Buzzfeed decided to create its own unique lingerie runway featuring women of all different sizes, body types, ethnic backgrounds, and gender identities.

Their version of the show bares several similarities to the real deal. You see models getting dolled up, talking about preshow jitters and what it means to them to be a part of such a great experience. The only difference is that these women open up about their insecurities and how they've learned to cope with body image issues their whole lives.

Well-known plus-size model Tess Holliday weighed in with a few thoughts of her own, saying she felt that a show like this could help women and models like her find a "bit of bravery."

"I've definitely never walked a runway in my underwear ever because no one's given me the opportunity," she said.

Another model mirrored her emotions and said: "We should all be given the chance to feel as beautiful as we actually are." And we couldn't agree more.

Watch these beautiful women strut their stuff and get real about their bodies in the video below.



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