Rihanna Reacts To Victoria’s Secret Controversy. There’s been a lot of drama surrounding fashion brand Victoria’s Secret lately.
The brand has come under fire in recent years for its lack of inclusivity, especially when it comes to their annual Fashion Show.
A plus sized model has never walked and the show just casted it first natural haired model 3 years ago and its first Filipino model this year.
In a recent interview with Vogue, the brand’s chief marketing officer of L Brands and Monica Mitro, Ed Razek weighed in on whether we’ll ever see plus sized or trans models walk the Victoria’s Secret runway.
He said: “If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have. We invented the plus-size model show in what was our sister division, Lane Bryant.”
“Lane Bryant still sells plus-size lingerie, but it sells a specific range, just like every specialty retailer in the world sells a range of clothing. As do we. We market to who we sell to, and we don’t market to the whole world… We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don’t.”
He goes on to talk about why we won’t be seeing ‘transgender models’ included anytime soon, saying: “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.”
You can read the full interview over at Vogue.
In response to the interview, plus sized model Louise O’Reilly tweeted: “Prime example of why brands need to be careful of casting directors opinions. Especially when it’s a 70 year old man who’s living in the past. Thank god @rihanna brought us @SavageXFenty this year with genuine attention & love of diversity in her branding.”
Her tweet was then posted to Instagram, where Rihanna ‘liked’ it.
It’s the perfect shade from the Savage x Fenty founder as she knows her inclusivity work speaks for itself.