What Is Sexy?
WHAT is sexy? Victoria’s Secret recently announced their annual shortlist of all things sexy, and the verdict is ‘less is more’. This is all to accompany a new collection of understated and casual underwear, far from the usual frills and drama you associate with luxury lingerie.
The city chosen as this year’s backdrop was San Francisco. The West Coast laid-back attitude seems to perfectly fit in with the less-is-more adage, however it’s sure to be a surprise to those familiar with the brand’s Angel runway shows. The women who model for Victoria’s Secret are quite frankly physically perfect and the average girl is unlikely to find much succour in the women chosen in the ‘What Is Sexy’ list. There’s the sharply pretty Taylor Swift, the rail-like Alexa Chung, the unearthly Lily Collins. Even the every gals – Jennifer Lawrence, Ellie Goulding and Jessica Simpson – are still stunning. But sexy?
Victoria’s Secret have chosen well if my quick straw poll among my male colleagues is anything to go by. While sometimes the fashion icons women worship (think Kate Moss) are not necessarily what men find attractive, it seems that Victoria’s Secret have cannily chosen those adored by all.
Sexiness is an indefinable quality, very much dependant on the individual. Have you ever met a person who just had ‘something’, despite not being a candidate for a Victoria’s Secret list? The legions of women who worship Benedict Cumberbatch may have a hard time explaining just why they fancy him but anyone who’s watched Sherlock will admit he has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi.
I’m also sure that many readers have dated a person who was perfect on paper but did not do anything for them in the flesh. Or maybe they didn’t even get on board with the latest celeb crush. I have to admit that I don’t get the fuss about Ryan Gosling. There. I said it. Attraction is a capricious thing. It can be based on past experiences – for example, if you were cheated on by a blonde, you might stay away from blondes forevermore – and manifest itself in strange ways.
Heterosexual men are often criticised for reducing women to body parts but I know my girlfriends and I have often admired a man simply because he had nice arms. Smell, too, is a scientifically proven facet in attraction. A nice aftershave can send many a woman into paroxysms of lust. Simply google ‘weird turn-ons’ (not at work!) to see the strange things that turn people on. Don’t fret if you, like most of us, are not going to make Victoria’s Secret’s sexy list anytime soon. The odds are, there’s someone out there you’ll drive wild.
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