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Victoria’s Secret CMO apologizes for comments about transgender models

Victoria’s Secret CMO apologizes for comments about transgender models

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Victoria’s Secret apologized after their Chief Marketing Office (CMO) explained why they don’t use transgender women on the runway.

In an interview with Vogue, Ed Razek answered questions about what changes the ‘Instagram generation’ want to see on the Victoria’s Secret runway.

But his outright refusal to consider plus-sized or transgender models – who he refers to as  ‘transsexuals’ – has caused controversy.

He told the magazine: ‘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. That’s what it is. It is the only one of its kind in the world, and any other fashion brand in the world would take it in a minute, including the competitors that are carping at us.

‘And they carp at us because we’re the leader.’

He also stated that ‘no one had any interest in [plus-sized models], and still don’t.’

Hurtful to transgender models

However, the implication of using transgender or plus-sized models in the show would ruin some sort of ‘fantasy’ caused controversy online.

Razek later released an apology on Saturday (10 November). It reads: ‘My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show came across as insensitive.

‘I apologize. To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender mode for the show. We’ve had transgender models come to castings… And like many others, they didn’t make it…

‘But it was never about gender. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are.’

Trans model and actress Andreja Pejic spoke out against the Victoria Secret’s boss.

She wrote on her Instagram Story: ‘It’s really sad when you see powerful people in our industry holding such backward views and being so comfortable in expressing them on a public platform.

‘If we can’t set an example in what’s supposed to be a progressive town and a progressive industry how can we expect change in the rest of the country?’

She concluded with: ‘LOVE IS SO MUCH PRETTIER THAN HATE VS you’re welcome to use that in your next campaign slogan, I’m friends with quite a few amazing angels who I know would joyfully support it.’

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