Victoria’s Secret On Why It Never Casts Trans & Plus-Size Models Doesn’t Go Well
By Izza Sofia, 14 Nov 2018
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Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer at Victoria’s Secret’s (VS) parent company L Brands, has apologized for his insensitive comments over why VS does not cast transgender models in its annual fashion shows.
According to Vogue, Razek claimed there shouldn’t be any transgender models as the VS fashion show “is a fantasy.” He added that the 42-minute entertainment special is the “only one of its kind in the world” and is being targeted since it is an industry leader.
The 70-year-old has since admitted that his comments might have come across as harsh and issued an apology, shown below. He also stated that though he admires transgenders for embracing who they truly are, casting remains a professional business decision.
Similarly, when asked about casting plus-sized models, Razek explained that the company cannot cater to every single customer since the brand’s sizes only go up to 40DDD.
In contrast to the nine months-pregnant Slick Woods who walked the runway at Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie show, VS’ annual fashion extravaganza has seen three models who were early in their pregnancies grace its runway.
Razek’s insensitive comments have not gone down well on Twitter, where users remarked about the brand’s insincere, plus archaic and outdated perspectives on fashion, referencing the stark difference between Woods’ heavily pregnant physical condition during Rihanna’s showcase, versus VS’ attempt involving models who where just a few months pregnant.
Please read this important message from Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer, L Brands (parent company of Victoria’s Secret). pic.twitter.com/CW8BztmOaM— Victoria's Secret (@VictoriasSecret) November 10, 2018
This entire segment is an unmitigated mess.— Cora Harrington (@lingerie_addict) November 9, 2018
No one is impressed by a size range that ends at 40DDD anymore. It’s nothing to brag about or be proud of. At best, it just is. And Victoria’s Secret can and should do more.
Also, way to let ThirdLove know they’re getting to you. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/ppBzLk6eYL
Not including trans/non binary and plus sized women is a choice .— EnvyUs 🐙 (@OEnvy_Us) November 10, 2018
Choosing to never shop with y’all again is also a choice and it’s the one I’m making.
You're certainly welcome to do and say as you please.— Jade Morgan (@AsWeAllArise) November 10, 2018
However, as a transwoman who has spent quite a bit of money in your stores throughout the years, I will be reconsidering my shopping.
If you don't want us as part of your "fantasy", I won't have you as part of my reality.
Your stuff is overpriced and the size range is narrow. Carry band sizes under 32 and over 40 and cup sizes above a DD.— 𝕬𝖓𝖌𝖎𝖊 𝕸𝖔𝖔𝖓 🌙 (@angiemoonthemod) November 11, 2018
I’m the same measurements as your models, but shorter and I can’t fit in anything because my ribcage is way under 32”. I’ll be shopping elsewhere.
It’s about more than that. This apology is worthless. You’re alienating so many women who can’t shop in your stores because of your narrow idea of who is worthy to wear your lingerie. Everyone deserves to feel beautiful and your line ignores that.— Kenisa Hightower (@KenisaHightower) November 10, 2018
So Victoria's Secret is selling that you are not beautiful if your not like our models. If your not perfect and something men want in a fantasy world that does not exist. Save it Victoria's Secret. Because women my size can not even shop in your store. So the fantasy in his mind?— TheDarkPhoenix (@JamieAkins5) November 11, 2018
[via Independent, opening image via FashionStock.com / Shutterstock.com]
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