Miranda Kerr’s supplies of lingerie must be something in the ballpark of unlimited, but that probably didn’t make it any less disturbing when stores of it were swiped from her Hollywood abode. The perps? The real-life Bling Ring, the group of Valley teenagers who made major headlines back in 2009 for stealing millions of dollars worth of clothing and jewelry from celebrities homes, and are again in the public imagination thanks to the film by Sofia Coppola with a cast including Emma Watson, slated to hit theaters in June.
Nancy Jo Sales, the Vanity Fair writer who penned the article upon which the move is based, is coming out with a book next week on the topic, and she talked to VF Daily about one of the aspects she found especially disquieting about the teenagers’ heists, namely the theft of stars’ underwear:
“It’s really alarming to find out, through doing the research for the book, about the explosion of teen and even child lingerie. That market has become a billion-dollar market. Like teddies for teenagers—it’s so disturbing. Their obsession with underwear had something to do with this whole ‘pornification’ thing. They wanted to look sexy. Looking sexy in a celebrity’s clothes, well that’s even sexier. Especially Miranda Kerr, who’s a Victoria’s Secret model. The fact that they stole the underwear just seems so weird, but it’s not weird when you think about it, because they’re growing up at a time when their culture is constantly telling them to be sexy. Everything from toys to video games to music to fashion is hypersexualized for girls. Stealing their underwear was part of a whole trend to emulate these celebrities. They don’t just want expensive underwear; they want Paris Hilton’s underwear.”
Ok, yes. Sounds about right. But waiiit a second. Hold the phone. Paris Hilton wears underwear?! We think the gang must have wandered into the wrong mansion.