Victoria's Secret apologizes for "insensitive & # 39; comment and say they would release a transgender model
Victoria & # 39; s Secret's 70-year-old senior creative has apologized for his & # 39; insensitive & # 39; comments about transgender people.
Ed Razek – who is Creative Services' main marketing officer for the parent company Limited Brands – was criticized after saying that transgender models were not used in their annual show because the presentation & # 39; fantasy & # 39; is.
The 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was held Thursday at Pier 94 in New York City and was not representative of the demographic or of the plus-sized people.
CMO senior creative Ed Razek (photo center with links Lais Ribeiro, Sara Sampaio, Martha Hunt and Gigi Hadid in May 2018 in New York) apologized for his comments
Ed Razek (photo from December 2014) controversially claimed that transgender people do not appear in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show because it is a show based on fantasy & # 39;
On Friday, Victoria's Secret tweeted his statement after a public outcry about the case
Razek told Vogue about previous criticism: "It's like, why is not your show doing this? Do you not have to have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I do not think we should do that.
& # 39; Well why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It is an entertainment special of 42 minutes. That's what it is. & # 39;
Razek prided himself on the way the show – with the likes of Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid and this year Adriana Lima showed her last catwalk in the event – the "& # 39; only trademark special in the world & # 39; is.
He stated that it is in 190 countries, with 1 billion 6 million people & # 39; was seen after Victoria's Secret had said that it was also aimed at a large audience, because a TV special field on the subject was flopped 18 years ago.
Ed Razek speaks to the 2018 Victoria's Secret Track Models backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Kelsey Merritt, Maia Cotton, Willow Hand, Iesha Hodges, Myrthe Bolt and Melie Tiacoh walk the course at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York
Yet he claimed that the brand is going along with the times, even though it is not included.
I think we are focusing on how the market is constantly shifting, & # 39; he said. & # 39; If you wonder if we have considered putting a transgender model on the show or if we want to put a model with a bigger size on the show, we did so. We invented the plus-size model show in what our sister division Lane Bryant was.
We market to whom we sell and we do not sell to the whole world. & # 39;
Transgender model Andreja Pejic expressed her disappointment at the Victoria's secret boss
Razek's reactions got a kickback, as seen on social media, and the transgender model Andreja Pejic showed her disappointment.
She worked as an androgynous model until she revealed that she was a transwoman in 2013.
It is very sad when you see that powerful people in our industry have such backward ideas and find them so comfortable in expressing their opinions on a public platform & # 39 ;, wrote Pejic on Instagram.
Victoria's Secret published a statement from Razek, who said sorry about how his interview was received.
He added that the brand was open to seeing transgender models, but it happened that no one had scored a job with them until now.
& # 39; My remark about the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show came across as insensitive. I apologize, "Razek said.
"For the avoidance of doubt, we would absolutely cast a transgender model for the show. We had transgender models cast … And like many others they did not make it … But it was never about sex. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are. & # 39;
It is very sad when you see that powerful people in our industry have such backward ideas and can easily express them on a public platform, & # 39; Pejic wrote on Instagram