The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is arguably one of the most anticipated fashion shows with over 800 million viewers across 190 countries watching the show every year. Despite its popularity, consumers feel like they fail to adequately represent the audience they serve, specifically with the shortage of plus size and transgender models.
Victorias’s Secret is based out of the USA where the average woman is a size 16/18, but in 23 years, the lingerie brand has yet to cast a plus size model. For this year’s show, Victoria’s Secret has made some effort in diversifying their runway with Winnie Harlow, the first model with vitiligo, and Kelsey Merritt, the first Filipino model. But, it’s still very clear that the fashion industry has a long way to go in regards to representation.
In a recent interview with Vogue, Ed Razek (chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company) explained why they don’t cast transgender models. “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.”
Since this statement, Ed has offered an apology, but many people have still joined a boycott against Victoria’s Secret.
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