Victoria’s Secret on Saturday reviewed their stand on transgender models after the company’s chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, came under attack for saying it does not consider transgender models for the show.
Speaking after the fashion show on Thursday, Razek told US Vogue magazine, that he didn’t think transgender models should be included as part of the lingerie company’s annual extravaganza.
His words: “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 te competitors that are carping at us. And they carp at us because we’re the leader. They don’t talk about each oter. I accept that. I actually respect it. Cool. But we’re nobody’s third love… We’re their first love. And Victoria’s Secret has been women’s dirst love from the beginning.”
“If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgendered model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have,” he added. “We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes (in 2000). No one had any interest in it, still don’t.”
Advocates of diversity and inclusivity came after him on social media as the comment went viral.
Razek was then forced to backpedal with the company tweeting a statement on Saturday in which he apologised.