Victoria Secret models once again walk sans trans representation voguing Thursday in their iconic angel wings.
In an interview with Vogue magazine, Victoria Secret’s senior creative executive Ed Razek said the lingerie company’s annual shows were “a fantasy” and should not include transgender models.
“Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No.” Said Razek. “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.”
“But we’re nobody’s third love.” Razek explained. “We’re their first love. And Victoria’s Secret has been women’s first love from the beginning” [ThirdLove is a competitor that has received investment from a former CEO of Victoria’s Secret stores.]
Mr. Razek later said his remarks were “insensitive” but that didn’t mitigate the outrage to Razek’s exclusionary sentiments.
Transgender model and activist Carmen Carrera responded in an interview with Teen Vogue “I think that Victoria’s Secret is afraid, and they’re unwilling to take a risk. I think we are seen as a liability rather than the amazing opportunity we truly are. I think by them not including us, it’s sending a dark message and contributing to the ignorance and hate that exists today. They as a company have the power to give us the opportunities that we need to thrive, and to actually set the record straight on who we are to the world at large. They need to stop looking at us as a liability and instead look at us as potential for positive change in the world. Because that’s who we’ve always been.”
— Anna Gene Ommen (#WonderWoman) (@AnnaOmmen) November 10, 2018
Victoria’s Secret has been grappling with falling sales since 2016 and will be closing 20 stores this year.
As an openly transgender woman who’s a real working model, it was a dream of mine to model for @victoriassecret Hearing they dont want trans women modeling for them is disappointing.If we aren’t good enough for your brand, than your brand isnt good enough for us! #TheSecretsOut pic.twitter.com/17T9sSjXAT
— Plastic Martyr (@plasticmartyr) November 10, 2018