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Victoria's Secret is again in hot water after Ed Razek, chief marketing Officer of L Brands (owner of Victoria's Secret), in an interview made a series of insensitive comments on transgender and plus-size models with Vogue .
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has often been called for lack of inclusiveness over the years. In response to such comments in the last interview, Razek said that using different models is the fantasy "aspect of the show." Should not you have transsexuals on the show? No, I do not think we should, "he said" Why not because the show is a fantasy, it's a 42-minute entertainment offer … We've been trying to make a TV special for plus-sizes [Noone'sinterestedinititstilldoesnot"
While social media users in general were quick to call Victoria's Secret for comments, celebrities crowded in and voiced their opinions. Plus-size model Tess Holliday, for example, shared a photo of herself when she showed ASOS Lingerie, and stated that she would stick to brands that included inclusiveness. "Who needs VS at all?!", She wrote next to the photo. "You've never been a plus ladies and now you're trying to discredit my trans sisters? To hell. Kiss my fat ass. (Not a word from Ashley Graham, who in the past has cast some shadow on Victoria's Secret because of lack of body variety on the show.)
Rihanna, on the other hand, was more subtle and popular with a picture that criticized Razek and Savage x The Instagram account Rihannas.Likes won the post.
The transgender model Carmen Carrera commented on the controversy and shared her opinions on Twitter. "The worst feeling in the world is to They know you have what it takes, but they're just being denied who you are, "she wrote. (Relatives: Regular women restored the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and we're obsessed)
All This VS drama left me in such a bad mood.
– Carmen Carrera (@Carmen_Carrera) November 10, 2018
The worst feeling in the world is knowing that you have everything n what you need.
– Carmen Carrera November 10, 2018
Victoria's Secret has since reacted to the backlash and released a statement by Razek on Friday. "To be clear, we would definitely have a transgender model for the show," the statement said. "We had transgender models for casting … And how many others did not make it … But it was never about gender, I admire and respect their journey to see who they really are."
Please read this important message from Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer of L Brands (parent company of Victoria's Secret). pic.twitter.com/CW8BztmOaM
– Victoria's Secret (Victoria's Secret) November 10, 2018
But a number of other celebrities were not satisfied with the apology. "Keep the same energy," wrote transactivist Isis King on Twitter. "He said what he said and how he said it, we get it, we're not welcome."
Nawww, keep the same energy. He said what he said and how he said it. We understand it. We are not welcome. 19
– Isis King (@MsIsisKing) November 10, 2018
The actress Alexandra Gray, on the other hand, said: "Chile, this weak donkey apology !!! ridiculous in 2018 and with everything in the World is going on, your business would say something so heinous and discriminatory. "
Chile, this weak ace apology !!! Keep it!!! "It's not about sex"? Girl bye and girl stop !! It's ridiculous in 2018, and with everything in the world going on, your business would say something so vile and discriminatory. Who is your publicist? #problematicAF #CANCELLED
– Alexandra Gray (@ 1alexandragrey) November 10, 2018
None of the models that ran this year are publicly commenting, but the earlier Angels Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss both posted the message "Trans and [gender nonconforming] People are not a debate" in their Instagram stories, and Kendall Jenner, who reappeared on the runway last week, posted an Instagram story that read "Celebrate trans women. "
In recent years, the fashion industry has sought to be more inclusive – and to see how much positive press magazines, fashion brands, and cosmetics brands have received. By using different models, it's unlikely that Victoria's Secret will adversely affect would have the expansion of the audience. Nevertheless, they have repeatedly decided to assert themselves. Who knows? Perhaps this uproar will eventually lead to a wider network on next year's show.