If you’ve already forgotten the drama that followed the most recent Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show here’s a quick rundown — Ed Razek, the chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company made certain controversial statements on the kind of models they would continue to hire. He essentially declared that the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show would not be seeing any transgender or plus-size models on the runway.
His justification of the showing being a “fantasy” was followed a few days later by an apology. A post on the official Victoria’s Secret Twitter reads: “To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show […] it was never about gender.”
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
Criticism for the brand continued afterward, although a bit less heatedly. The conversation was revived when the singer, Halsey, posted a statement on her Instagram a few days ago.
Being an open bisexual Halsey affirms “I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not one motivated by stereotype.” She disclaims that despite her performance on the show, and how much of a dream it was supposed to be, her priority is to upholding her principles as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Her closing statement rings strongly as it reads “We stand in solidarity, and complete and total acceptance is the only ‘fantasy’ that I support.”
Where do you stand on this issue?