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Lane Bryant's #ImNoAngel Campaign Wants To Show Beauty Comes In Every Size

04/07/2015 11:42 EDT | Updated 04/07/2015 11:59 EDT

Lane Bryant is looking to redefine the meaning of sexy.

The plus-size retailer has launched a campaign for its lingerie line, Cacique, featuring prominent plus-size models with the hashtag #ImNoAngel, a not-so-subtle stab at Victoria's Secret.

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Starring Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine, Marquita Pring, Victoria Lee, Justine Legault and Elly Mayday, the campaign, which was photographed by Cass Bird, aims to show "sexy doesn't come in one form; sexy is unique, real and personal for each and every woman."

"Our '#ImNoAngel' campaign is designed to empower ALL women to love every part of herself," said Lane Bryant CEO and President, Lindsay Heasley in a press release. "Lane Bryant firmly believes that she is sexy and we want to encourage her to confidently show it, in her own way."

The campaign is set to run on television, in print, on billboards and public transportation, as well as in Lane Bryant stores and via social media. It also encourages women to share a selfie with '#ImNoAngel' written in lipstick on a mirror.

We’re taking back the definition of sexy. Who’s with us? #ImNoAngel

Posted by Lane Bryant on Monday, April 6, 2015


'#ImNoAngel' comes after Victoria's Secret's 'The Perfect Body' campaign controversy, which drew plenty of criticism back in October. It also comes at the height of a debate surrounding the term "plus-size" -- earlier this year, Australian model Stefania Ferrario urged her followers to #DropThePlus, while model and activist Tess Munster started the trending term #EffYourBeautyStandards.

However, Heasley says the slogan isn't a direct dig at VS, or meant to "throw shade at any brand." Instead, she describes it as a "tongue in cheek" way to inspire women.

"We admire Victoria’s Secret -- it’s an amazing brand," she told TODAY.com. "There’s nothing I would say against them except that, arguably, their notion of beauty is a little narrow. What we wanted to do is stimulate conversation about redefining sexy."

"It’s about not tolerating fat-shaming. It’s about helping all women feel great about themselves," she said. "And if it gets people to stop and have a good laugh, that’s great."

While we appreciate the campaign's aim to "celebrate women of all shapes and sizes," we can't help but think '#ImNoAngel' is exclusive in its own right. Yes, curves are sexy, but slender women are sexy too. It all comes down to loving your body the way it is, no matter what your shape or size.

What do you think of the campaign? Let us know in the comments, and check out more of the images in the gallery below:

Lane Bryant '#ImNoAngel' Campaign

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