Victoria's Secret Have Hired Their First Plus Size Model And A Transgender Model, But Is It Too Little Too Late? - Femanin

It’s a fashion show with a difference – think lots of long legs, big, bouncy blow drys and luxurious lingerie with a big price tag. For the first time in nearly fifteen years, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will not happen. Not even it just won’t be aired, the show isn’t even being considered.

Les Wexner, the chief executive of L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, said:

‘We have decided to re-think the traditional Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Going forward, we don’t believe network television is the right fit.

‘In 2019 and beyond, we’re focusing on developing exciting and dynamic content and a new kind of event’.

This comes after last year’s show received the brand’s lowest ever audience of 3.3 million viewers. Wonder how many of them were men?..

Are women finally seeing the show, and brand overall, for what it essentially is? A group of very similar looking women – in all senses: hair, height, weight – walking up and down a catwalk in nearly no clothing with extremely heavy ‘wings’ taped to their backs.

They are all so similar looking in fact, that Alexina Graham became the company’s first ever red-haired angel THIS year.

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Earlier this year, the brand hired Ali Tate and Valentina Sampaio: their first ever plus sized model and transgender model, respectively.

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However, days after Valentina announced the news, Ed Razek, former senior creative at Victoria’s Secret, resigned.

He got himself into hot water last year by stating:

‘It’s like, why doesn’t your show do this? 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, 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. They don’t talk about each other. I accept that. I actually respect it. Cool. But we’re nobody’s third love.

‘We attempted to do a television special for plus sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it. Still don’t’.

It’s no secret that Ed was heavily involved in the show’s castings, as has been documented by the company:

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Hopefully, his departure will see the introduction of varying shapes and sizes on the runway.

Because that’s what the people want.

We are now so much more accepting and understanding of the fact that no one – man or woman – looks identical. And thank goodness for that!

We want to see what their products look like on different women, because we are the ones who are going to buy them. It is a well known fact that the brands sales are also struggling – they recently introduced new products to try and change this. But is it a case of too little, too late?

The brand needs to realise that the world has changed since 1995. Our standards and morals have increased for the better.

It’s time they caught up.