As Yahoo reports, eagle-eyed fans noticed that the Brazilian supermodel and longtime Angel has tiny stretch marks running along her upper thighs. It's a very common, and in the words of one commenter, very "human" feature, though perhaps not something one might expect to see on the world's biggest catwalk spectacle. That Ribeiro, and Victoria's Secret, embraced hers is a small victory for body confidence and a refreshing reminder that perfection is a BS beauty goal.
"She is a human, like you and me," a fan posted on social media after noticing Ribeiro's stretch marks in this photo taken backstage at the Shanghai show. "She has stretch marks like all the girls and that's not ugly. Stretch marks are beautiful! Love your body! It's the only you will have."
Though some people accused the original poster of "body-shaming" the 27-year-old mum by pointing out her stretch marks, others expressed admiration for the so-called imperfections.
"Lais Ribeiro has stretch marks on her ass and y'all have no idea how good it makes me feel about mine," one young woman tweeted.
"I truly think that every natural mark or scar tells a story and makes human body even more beautiful and interesting!" added another supporter.
Though airbrushing is still rampant, the fashion industry is moving closer to an acceptance of stretch marks and other "flaws." Last year Victoria's Secret released an unretouched image of model Jasmine Tookes' softly striped thighs. Missguided has also been earning raves for showing models as they truly are, stretch marks and all.
At last: a fashion trend we won't be bored with by next season.