More and more celebrities have been fighting against the beauty standards that come with being on the cover of magazines. What we hear the most these days is how damaging Photoshop and other retouching can be to the women and girls who think they should look like the mags they鈥檙e buying every day. Celebs like Meghan Trainor have been more open about their dislike of the practice, and with hashtags like #effyourbeautystandards gaining popularity on IG thanks to model Tess Holiday, we can see that change is coming to the way we look at women in the media.

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In an interview with聽Refinery29, a retouching expert they called 鈥淪arah鈥 spilled the beans on what exactly it takes for VS models to get their iconic bombshell look, and the answers are way more complicated than we might think. While we think of retouching as a digital process, Sarah admits that 鈥渂ody fixing鈥 starts on set 鈥 and doesn鈥檛 only happen on a computer.

鈥淭he first thing they do,鈥 Sarah admits, 鈥渋s they put in [hair] extensions, followed by 鈥渃hicken cutlets鈥 and other shaping pads.鈥 And those perfectly filled-out bathing suits? SUPER padded. Weirdest and most surprising of all is that, according to Sarah, VS always puts their models in pushup bras under swimsuits and strapless stuff to give the appearance of high, perky breasts.

Sarah goes on to say that VS stands by their look, claiming that curvier models just don鈥檛 sell the same way鈥 and that we can鈥檛 only blame VS when this work happens industry wide. And while we鈥檝e always known that fashion photography wasn鈥檛 totally true to life, finding out exactly what happens behind the scenes is fascinating, no? We don鈥檛 see VS changing their entire look any time soon, but with this knowledge, it鈥檚 easier for us to understand how the models look so flawless in each catalog鈥 and why it鈥檚 not exactly an attainable standard IRL.

What do you think about 鈥淪arah鈥 and her VS experiences? Tell us @BritandCo!

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