Just over a year ago, I posted pages from the 1979 Victoria's Secret Catalog. Next thing you know, the UK Daily Mail and various other big time news sites were linking to it. It was kind of troubling to see some rather well known sites simply re-post the pictures without so much as a backlink to Retrospace. But that's neither here nor there. I don't own the rights to the pictures. It's just an issue of etiquette.
Here's what some of these sites had to say....
Something called Retro Space unearthed a 32-year-old Victoria’s Secret catalog which is NOTHING like the current incarnation, most notably because it features un-airbrushed women without overinflated lips and breast implants and twenty-five pounds of hair extensions. The Daily Mail says:
"Unlike the marketing imagery we see today, the ’79 cast of models have uneven skin tones, slight love handles and even sagging breasts.Muscle lines – which would normally be softened – are prominent, waists are not carved away, and tan lines, nipples and even pubic hair are visible."
It’s so nice to see a real woman. Today’s Angels look more like the cloners on Kamino than anything that could actually bear children. And that’s what it’s ultimately all about, isn’t it? It just never sounds as sexy when you frame it along the lines of the biological imperative.
So, here's the 1982 Victoria's Secret Catalog. Enjoy.
It's interesting to note that Melody Anderson, who also appeared in the '79 catalog, is still a Victoria's Secret model in '82. (Click on images to enlarge.)