Victoria’s Secret chief advertising and marketing officer Ed Razek apologized in an announcement Friday for remarks he made in a Vogue interview revealed Thursday about why Victoria’s Secret hasn’t solid transgender fashions of their annual style present.
“My comment concerning the inclusion of transgender fashions within the Victoria’s Secret Vogue Present got here throughout as insensitive. I apologize,” he wrote in an announcement tweeted from the Victoria’s Secret account. “To be clear, we completely would solid a transgender mannequin for the present. We’ve had transgender fashions come to castings…And like many others, they didn’t make it…Nevertheless it was by no means about gender. I love and respect their journey to embrace who they are surely.”
Razek’s authentic feedback, during which he referred to transgender individuals as “transsexuals,” an outdated time period, implied that transgender fashions usually are not worthy of the Victoria’s Secret Vogue Present.
“So it’s like, why don’t you do 50? Why don’t you do 60? Why don’t you do 24? It’s like, why doesn’t your present do that?” he stated. “Shouldn’t you could have transsexuals within the present? No. No, I don’t suppose we must always. Nicely, why not? As a result of the present is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute leisure particular.”
Razek additionally made feedback about plus-size fashions that drew criticism.
“I believe we tackle the way in which the market is shifting on a continuing foundation. If you happen to’re asking if we’ve thought of placing a transgender mannequin within the present or checked out placing a plus-size mannequin within the present, we’ve got,” he stated. “We invented the plus-size mannequin present in what was our sister division, Lane Bryant. Lane Bryant nonetheless sells plus-size lingerie, nevertheless it sells a selected vary, identical to each specialty retailer on the earth sells a spread of clothes. As will we. We market to who we promote to, and we don’t market to the entire world.”
“We tried to do a tv particular for plus-sizes [in 2000]. Nobody had any curiosity in it, nonetheless don’t,” he claimed.
Mannequin Kendall Jenner was amongst those that rebuked Razek’s feedback. She posted a picture of a button studying “have fun trans girls” to her Instagram story.
Mannequin Tess Holliday tweeted that Victoria’s Secret can “kiss my fats ass.”
“Who wants VS anyway?! They by no means supported plus women & now they’re making an attempt to dis my trans sisters? Hell nah.”
She additionally expressed contempt for Razek’s apology.
This yr’s annual present came about Thursday, with the televised version airing Dec. 2 on ABC at 10 p.m.