I’m Relieved to See the Victoria’s Secret Angels Go

How the hyper-sexy shows impacted my adolescence.

Lisa Martens
Jun 20 · 6 min read
Adriana Lima was 17 on her first Victoria’s Secret runway walk. CREDIT: POOL BENAINOUS/DUCLOS/GAMMA-RAPHO VIA GETTY

My first boyfriend wanted me to look like Adriana Lima.

He wanted me to wear colored contacts to cover my brown eyes. My own mother, who is white with blue eyes, seemed to echo the idea that she was the ideal. She never named Lima, but she also talked about how much…