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Androgynous Model Challenges Victoria's Secret's Beauty Standards

"My body is just as good as any Victoria's Secret girl but, they will never use me because I have a masculine face." - Rain Dove.

26-year old model, Rain Dove said that her 'masculine' features, her body being a little muscular and short hair don't fit the paradigm of Victoria's Secret, even though she has an hourglass figure and long legs. Challenging that, in this year's Christmas catalogue of the Victoria's Secret, the New York-based model is wearing the lingerie designs of the brand and is posing like Angels. Just to prove the subjectiveness of beauty, she superimposed over her own face, the faces of the real models of Victoria's Secret.

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Androgynous Model Challenges Victoria's Secret's Beauty Standards

Androgynous Model Challenges Victoria's Secret's Beauty Standards

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The model made a statement by urging the broadening of beauty standards and staging the lingerie shoot for herself.

The model made a statement by urging the broadening of beauty standards and staging the lingerie shoot for herself.

Rain Dove is a paramedic and former firefighter. She is a resident of Brooklyn. She has a slim and perfect figure with 32 DD breasts, 26" waist and 6'2" height. She somehow knows for sure that she would never have the privilege of getting the invitation for walking with famous people like Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, as she is considered to be having 'masculine' facial features.

She superimposed the faces of the models of Victoria's Secret onto hers like that of Candice Swanepoel and added a kind of twist.

She superimposed the faces of the models of Victoria's Secret onto hers like that of Candice Swanepoel and added a kind of twist.

Speaking to Daily Mail Online, she said, "You don't see Victoria's Secret women running around with even short hair. That's too crazy for them. I want to tell people that there are more ways to be beautiful, there are more ways to be handsome." The altered images only prove that, although, she has a great body, yet, she has limitations on her, in the form of ideas of the industry about her face.

Candice appeared on the fashion show of Victoria's Secret which aired on 8th December 2015 at 10 pm on CBS.

Candice appeared on the fashion show of Victoria's Secret which aired on 8th December 2015 at 10 pm on CBS.

The famous fashion show of Victoria's Secret is unreachable by Rain even though, she has made appearances in Elle, W, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Vogue. She joined the modelling business more than one year ago.

Frequently, she is mistaken as 'transgender' or 'male'.

Frequently, she is mistaken as 'transgender' or 'male'.

Even though she doesn't look feminine, but, that in no way makes her lose female characteristics. It should be understood that beauty doesn't have a fixed shape and size.

It should be understood that beauty doesn't have any fixed shape and size.

It should be understood that beauty doesn't have any fixed shape and size.

Rain is progressing pretty quickly in the fashion world. She recently scored a campaign for Ace Rivington, a menswear brand. All that she wants is the expansion of the beauty standards of Victoria's Secret. She's still sexy even though she is not fitting the set feminine archetype with facial features that are small and delicate, slim waist, long hair and curves. For doing that, she wore underwear and bras of Victoria's Secret while staging her own seductive lingerie shoot. Her poses were similar to those of the models who featured in the Christmas catalogue of this year.

According to her, though 'she is and was born female', her identity is often mistaken.

According to her, though 'she is and was born female', her identity is often mistaken.

She was told by some designers that they liked her legs, breasts and waist but, gagging noises were made by them to her facial features.

She feels she's sexy in her own way and people should get that too.

She feels she's sexy in her own way and people should get that too.

Especially, the casting team of the lingerie brand should know that being beautiful doesn't necessarily mean only looking like say, Sara Sampaio.

Sara was one among the ten new angels of the brand, who were introduced earlier this year.

Sara was one among the ten new angels of the brand, who were introduced earlier this year.

In one of Rain's shots, she's seen standing attractively with her arms placed behind her head and wearing a lacy one-piece of pink colour. In another shot, she is lounging on a couch of red velvet in a white teddy that is lace-trimmed, one arm resting casually across her stomach and she is staring at the camera as the other arm holds up her head. She told, "Every year I see VS promote their show as featuring the 'most beautiful women in the world. During my career path I've experienced first hand what people deem as beautiful. It's not me. It's not most people. It's limited and small. It needs to change."

She has hope that her campaign will help people remember that what maybe beautiful to a person, may not be to other one.

She has hope that her campaign will help people remember that what maybe beautiful to a person, may not be to other one.

The reason she's putting herself forward is that she has a belief that the ideas of the society about beauty can be changed.

She charges women like Elsa, of conforming to narrow beauty standards.

She charges women like Elsa, of conforming to narrow beauty standards.

Rain claims that even she created waves by featuring in top magazines just like Angel Elsa Hosk.

She shares the way she prepared for the runway show of VS.

She continued, "I've been told I'd make a great parts model. Designers and advertisers like the idea of my breasts, waist line, long legs and long neck. But, have literally made gagging noises at my facial features. The face of beauty literally needs to change which means the way we think of beauty needs to as well. That starts with us. Individually. Not hiding ourselves and standing up to say 'I exist. That alone is beautiful."

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