The Chief Marketing Officer Of Victoria's Secret Apologises For Comments About Transgender Models
Wow. A big, huge, massive yikes on this one.
ICYMI, the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show just happened but one of the brand's executives has come under fire for some pretty questionable comments he made about plus-size and transgender models.
Ed Razek, who is the Chief Marketing Officer for the company, sat down with Vogue and, in a long interview, thought it was a good idea to say this:
"Do I think about diversity? Yes. Does the brand think about diversity? Yes. Do we offer larger sizes? Yes."
"So it’s like, (people say) why don’t you do 50? Why don’t you do 60? Why don’t you do 24? It’s like, (people say) why doesn’t your show do this? (People say) 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..."
Naturally, everyone lost their minds on the Internet, and even Kendall Jenner, who walked in the show, posted this empowering message on her Instagram story.
Promptly after the backlash, Victoria's Secret posted a statement on Razek's behalf on Twitter.
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
"To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model in our show," the statement read. "We've had transgender models come to castings... And like many others, they didn't make it."
This follows on from earlier this year when Aussie model Robyn Lawley called for a boycott of the brand over the lack of diversity.