Agender model Photoshops Victoria's Secret models onto her body: 'Different can be sexy, too'

The Victoria's Secret show premieres tonight and though there's much excitement brewing, there's one model who isn't too thrilled. Agender model Rain Dove, the same who we profiled in this video during New York Fashion Week, wants to send a message to the sexy lingerie retailer. "Different can be sexy, too," she tells Mashable. "Every year I see Victoria's Secret promote their show as featuring the 'most beautiful women in the world.' During my career path, I've experienced firsthand what people deem as beautiful. It's not me. It's not most people. It's limited and small; its needs to change." See also: Victoria's Secret models do their best emoji impressions Dove, whose body can easily rival any of these models, measures at 32DD-26-34, ideal for a lingerie model. Because of her masculine features and close-cropped hair, landing these jobs has been difficult for her. Dove says she's received blatant criticism of her look from the industry. Once, she recalls during a New York fashion week casting someone putting their finger in their mouths, exaggerating a retching movement. "They both shook my hand firmly and said, 'good luck, sweetie,'" she says. Other clients told her that while they loved her body, it's her face that would be "off-setting to the consumer," she says. "People would not think I was a woman." To make a statement and encourage these companies to redefine their beauty standards, Rain, along with photographer Sandy Ramirez, staged an original shoot to show that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and faces. Posing in similar ways of these Angels in their Christmas catalogue, Dove superimposed their faces onto her body. "The face of beauty literally needs to change, which means the way we think of beauty needs to as well," she says. "That starts with us — individually. Not hiding ourselves and standing up to say, 'I exist.' That alone is beautiful.'" Dove wanted to explain carefully that these photographs were not a jab against Victoria's Secret or their models. "It's more of a call to action," she says. "It's a note to Victoria's Secret that they accidentally don't just create lingerie. They also have created a portion of what we think beauty is. They have the power to really make a positive impact on society." Image: Sandy Ramirez Image: Sandy RamirezHave something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.