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Here Is Victoria’s Secret

The famous Victoria Secret Fashion Show last Thursday exhibited a multitude of models and lingerie, but what really stole the show was a published interview Vogue submitted on the same day.

Chief marketing officer of L. Brands Ed Razek and executive vice president of public relations at Victoria Secret Monica Mitro discussed diversity. Mitro discussed the diversity at first of Victoria’s Secret, with models using their natural hair and being encouraged to speak for themselves. Razek then mentioned how Victoria’s Secret has models that most lingerie companies would never want to use due to the models being bigger or pregnant. Lane Bryant, the sister company of Victoria’s Secret focuses on plus size models and people, and Razek explained that Lane Bryant has its own plus size fashion show.

The Internet broke with the interview, focusing on some quotes Razek made.

“Lane Bryant still sells plus-size lingerie, but it sells a specific range, just like every specialty retailer in the world sells a range of clothing. As do we. We market to who we sell to, and we don’t market to the whole world.”

“We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don’t,”

“Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special.”

Razek took to Twitter to apologize, claiming transgender models applied as models but didn’t make the cut. It was never about gender, he insists.

Models and celebrities alike took to social media to urge consumers to stop supporting the company and to shame the company for its ideals that are focused on cisgender, thin women.

Why is this relevant if the show was filmed last week? Because people are still using social media to vent their frustrations at the company, which has had declining sales for years, and whose competitors are moving forward in a more inclusive route such as Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty which offers options for people of all body types, orientations, and ethnicities. 

Victoria’s Secret may have trailblazed lingerie, but the trail has ended and her secret revealed: she led the conversation on women for years, when her mentality is that of a cisgender heterosexual man.

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