Victoria’s Secret lingerie CEO has stepped down after chief marketing officer made discriminatory comments about trans and plus-size models.
The brand has been criticized for its lack of inclusivity. Its chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, sparked outrage after explaining in a recent interview why he doesn’t cast trans or plus-size models in their annual fashion show.
Moreover, Jan Singer previously tried to compete in the evolving lingerie business by embracing a fast-fashion model for panties with lower prices and new styles dropping more frequently. Despite her efforts, Victoria’s Secret has been struggling in recent years, with same-store sales dropping 5 percent in 2018.
The brand tried to broaden LGBTI representation inviting bisexual artists Halsey and Rita Ora to perform on the annual show. However, when it comes to the T in LGBTI, VS wasn’t as inclusive.
Victoria’s Secret transphobic comments
Razek, who referred to transgender individuals using the offensive and outdated term ‘transsexuals’, trans and plus-size women do not represent the fantasy that Victoria’s Secret is trying to sell.
‘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.’
He also pointed out that ‘no one had any interest in [plus-sized models], and still don’t’.
Razek later apologized on Twitter.
‘My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show came across as insensitive,’ he wrote, failing to address his comment about plus-size models.
Trans models clap back to VS
Several LGBTI and plus-size models and TV and YouTube personalities have publicly condemned his comments.
RPDR Peppermint and trans model and actress Andreja Pejic have slammed Razek’s statement.
Trans model Gigi Gorgeous shared a YouTube video on 12 November titled ‘SHAME ON YOU Victoria’s Secret,’ in which she describes how much the brand meant to her when she transitioned and first started shopping for lingerie.
‘I just wanted to say that this is the last time that I’m going to be wearing a Victoria’s Secret bra. They definitely lost a customer in me.’
The fashion show will air on 2 December on ABC.