Uh-Oh, Victoria’s Secret Accidentally Revealed That They Will Never Include Plus-Size Women
#ICYMI, Victoria’s Secret is currently under a lot of heat.
On top of the hoo-haa regarding Kendall Jenner’s walk and Barbara Palvin’s mediocre outfit, we received news that the CEO, Jan Singer, has stepped down from her role at L Brands Inc (Victoria’s Secret’s parent company), just a week after a tone-deaf interview between its chief marketing officer Ed Razek and Vogue magazine.
Word is, Ed admitted that the brand is not looking to be especially diverse or inclusive. This revelation comes as a surprise, since Victoria’s Secret has been priding themselves on being “culturally diverse”.
When you think about it, we’ve never really seen a lot of variations on the VS runway
While yes, they feature long-legged beauties from different backgrounds and of different ethnicities, we wonder, where are the plus-sized and transgender models?
In his words, Ed mentioned that, “We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don’t.” He continued, “I don’t think we can be all things to all customers. It is a specialty business; it isn’t a department store.”
Elsewhere in the controversial interview, Ed Razek claimed the brand doesn’t have any interest in casting transgender models in the show, either. “Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is.”
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
Although, he later walked back his comments in a statement, saying, “We absolutely would cast a transgender model in the show. We’ve had transgender models come to castings.”
Losing faith and interest from customers
Apparently, shares of L Brands are down about 38% so far this year, made worse by this statement which automatically made consumers re-examine their already contentious relationship with the famous lingerie brand and its annual fashion show.
Scroll down to read the discussion happening on Twitter:
Fuck Victoria's Secret, we need to create new, diverse spaces for fat and trans people where they feel safe and accepted. That was never gonna be the same space where a bunch of white girls sang the N word backstage or appropriated indigenous dress.
— livi withi (@oliviaaffs) November 15, 2018
Companies like victoria's secret are here for money. The reason they use supermodels is because thats what most people find attractive.
Perfume bottles, with a picture of a shirtless chris Hemsworth on it, will sell way more bottles than any regular perfume. https://t.co/EPzppls9LI
— StraddoTv (@King_Arthurian) November 15, 2018
agreed! even before the whole victoria’s secret runway exclusion scandal, I thought their stuff was tacky and shitty quality for the high prices they charge
— morgan (@MorganAWatkins) November 15, 2018
I wanna know what she thinks about having Disabled people in the runway. What we ugly too? All I see is beautiful fake people in VS fashion shows
"Victoria's Secret's CEO steps down amid declining sales and backlash" https://t.co/RPwI5xUZDj
— usagiine (@usagiine) November 15, 2018
The thing is, women everywhere are increasingly turned away by the image portrayed on Victoria’s Secret, which mainly supports overtly sexy, skinny or lanky models the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid, or Candice Swanepoel. It’s quite unrealistic, considering that most of us does not look like that. In fact, watching VS runway shows is more likely to give some people a sense of depression or low self esteem.
The brand was made famous for its brightly colored push-up bras, with the mission to instill “confidence” to women. However, female shoppers nowadays are more likely to opt for comfort and fit instead of uncomfortably sexy, because we are not wearing undergarments for the sole purpose of pleasing men, or anyone else for that matter.