Last night, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show aired. While we can watch it and admire the stamina these ladies have to keep up their good looks, impeccable bodies and general self-confidence long enough to walk out in front of thousands of people wearing scantily-clad lingerie, we also can’t help but have moments like this:
And Christie Brinkley’s daughter Sailor Brinkley Cook gets it. The teenager posted an empowering message on Instagram last night about the coveted fashion show, applauding the women’s hard work but also providing some real talk for all of the young girls watching out there.
“These girls are such beautiful boss hard working strong determined women,” she began. “But to all the young girls watching tonight… don’t forget that if your body doesn’t look like theirs it is totally OK. No body type is superior to another. Every body is different and each and every one of those body’s are beautiful and strong and important and worthy of great things.”
She continued, “Don’t freak out if your stomach doesn’t look like theirs. Don’t hate yourself for your thighs. Embrace your body type, work hard, set goals, be healthy and constantly remind yourself that you are good enough! VS is a celebration of women and awesome beauty. And comparison to anyone is never healthy! Don’t turn this fashion show into something negative. ❤️ Congrats to the VS angels on tonights show! I’ve seen how dedicated these girls are and you all really do kick ass on and off the runway. 💪🏽💕 so much respect for you guys and everyone at VS!”
And if anyone knows how detrimental harsh comparisons can be, it’s Sailor Brinkley Cook; She’s literally been called her mother’s mini-me in magazines.
“Everyone needs to stop putting me and my siblings and me and my mother in competition,” she wrote in a separate post published in August. “Stop. Comparing. Me. To. My. Mother. Believe it or not I am my own person with my own beliefs and own thoughts and my own face! Eyes smile teeth forehead! All Mine! The whole shebang! Yes I am so fortunate that my mother is my mother… And she will always be an inspiration to me… But being constantly compared to her 50+ years of success at only 18 years old? And being told I could never amount to what she was and what she looks like? Doesn’t feel great.”
She added, “I just will never understand these people who WANT to make me feel badly, who WANT to tell an 18 year old girl she can’t follow her dreams because if she does she WONT BE AS GOOD AS HER MOM WAS. I’m just a person figuring out what I want to do and what makes me happy. Leave me alone… Lets just f*ckin spread love you guys. And pleaseeeee stop trolling me. Thank u🙏🏼.”
Girl, thank YOU. No one should compare themselves to anyone else — it’s not healthy and it will get you nowhere. Keep doing you! And to everyone else, just keep loving yourself.