Adriana Lima: “I will not take my clothes off anymore”

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    There are few models as synonymous with Victoria’s Secret as Adriana Lima. As a longtime Angel, the 36-year-old Brazilian has graced the brand’s scantily-clad runways since 1999. But in a lengthy Instagram post this weekend, Lima dropped a bombshell hinting at the possibility that her lingerie-modeling days may be done: “I will not take my clothes off anymore for an empty cause.”

    The post explains that Lima was recently approached “for the possibility of filming a sexy video of me to be posted and shared in social media,” the model writes, going on to explain that a conversation with a friend caused her to question her choices.

    “Even though I have done many of this type, something had changed in me, when a friend approached me to share that she was unhappy with her body, then it made me think…. that everyday 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 majority of woman probably wake up every morning trying to fit in a stereotype that society/socialmedia/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 a empty cause…. #Embraceyouself #natureisbeautiful#naturalissexy #LOVEYOU”

    Read her full missive below.

    ?I had received a call for the possibility of filming a sexy video of me to be posted and shared in social media. Even though I have done many of this type, something had changed in me, when a friend approached me to share that she was unhappy with her body, then it made me think…. that everyday 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 majority of woman probably wake up every morning trying to fit in a stereotype that society/socialmedia/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 of my clothes anymore for a empty cause…..?✨ #Embraceyouself #natureisbeautiful #naturalissexy #LOVEYOU ?✨

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    It’s thus far unconfirmed what this means for Lima’s future with VS, but we applaud her body-positive message and honesty—EVERYONE has their insecurities.

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