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In 2014, the show featured an "Exotic Traveler" section that was even MORE culturally vague.

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photo: Splash News/Gigi Iorio

I'm still not exactly sure what the brand meant by "exotic traveler," but it definitely leaned on the more offensive side. Models of color Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio walked hand in hand during the show wearing their Fantasy Bras, but were styled in an "exotic" way. It's an honor to get to wear the Fantasy Bra, but it sucks when you have to be exotified for it. 

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Ambrosio was covered in beads and diamonds, but styled like a belly dancer.

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photo: Splash News/Gigi Iorio
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So was Lima in her look.

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photo: Splash News/Gigi Iorio

While the looks didn't cause a huge fuss at the time, it's difficult to imagine Victoria's Secret today could get away with sending models down the runway in what amounts to Middle Eastern costumes.

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I'm still not sure why someone didn't see a problem with Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls wearing Carnival-like feathers in the segment.

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photo: Splash News/Gigi Iorio
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IN 2010, its "Wild Things" segment was SUPER problematic, enough that a few news outlets called the brand out.

Colorlines noted that although dark-skinned models of color walked throughout the show, they were more present in the "Wild Things" segment. Meanwhile, The Grio explained, "[The segment] comes off culturally insensitive and pandering, a cheap way of feeling ethnic and diverse without contributing anything concrete." 

In the segment, there was cheetah print lingerie. There was random tribal tattoos. They even had dancers who did culturally vague tribal dances. Even in 2010, I'm not sure how this was OK.

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SHE WAS WEARING A CHEETAH PRINT LINGERIE SET, clearly exotifying one of the few models of color in the show.

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photo: Splash News

If that wasn't bad enough, VS ALSO gave her a neck ring and matching cuffs. My goodness. 

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Were the models supposed to be animals? Or were they supposed to be "wild" people?

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photo: Leveckis/LondonEnt/Splash News

Either way it's pretty problematic, as CBS News pointed out at the time, to have all your Black models dressed up like this.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's animal print ensemble made me realize how un-woke 2010 truly was.

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photo: Leveckis/LondonEnt/Splash News
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So. Much. Animal. Print.

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photo: Splash News/Johns PkI
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Apparently, the brand REALLY loves animal print/tribal themes because it wasn't the first time — there was a similar segment in 2002.

Starting around the 19:52 mark, the models sashay to a musical mix of monkeys and drums. Once again, there's a lot of unnecessary animal print.  

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African model Liya Kebede even wore a leopard print pair of wings, because it apparently raised zero red flags.

It was a lot. 

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Hopefully the brand will be more culturally relevant today rather than offensive, especially since it cast more models of Asian descent for its 2017 show.

This year's show will have eight Chinese models as it's set in Shanghai, according to Vogue UK. With the show being in Shanghai, maybe the brand will be more in tune with what's appropriate? We'll just have to wait and see.