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The skinny on Victoria's Secret: Are 'Angels' setting a bad example? Add to ...

The annual parade of grown adults clad in lingerie pretending to be angels, fairies and even some sort of reincarnation of a night club, otherwise known as the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, aired last night - but not all the reviews are friendly.

While the show, with its over-the-top costumes and barely-clad models, usually attracts a large audience, it seems a growing segment of that crowd may be casting a critical eye on the models' weight, particularly as several of the women headlining this year's show recently gave birth.

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Two models (sorry, "Angels") Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes had babies last January, while Alessandra Ambrosio had a child in 2008.

The show came under fire earlier this month when model Adriana Lima admitted she doesn't eat solid food for nine days before she hits the runway.

The Associated Press fashion writer Samantha Critchell wondered whether motherhood is the new key to success on the VS runway, saying "It's not just the push-up bras or feathered wings that give some top Victoria's Secret models their sexy swagger: It's their off-the-catwalk lives as mothers that give them their confidence and signature curves, they say."

Janice D'Arcy at the Washington Post mocked the "unintentionally hilarious" AP story this morning, but others are wondering if the show has simply gone too far.

E! Online questioned whether the show's models are too skinny: "But watching the show, we can't help but remember the days when models like Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bündchen took over the catwalk with their curves... And now, it seems like the wings on these newbies are literally going to whisk them away."

Entertainment Weekly skewered the models and their outrageous, often ridiculous, costumes that exposed ribcages and protruding hip bones all night.

What do you think? Are these ultra-thin models sending the wrong message?

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