Let’s face it: the Victoria’s Secret fashion show isn’t about underwear.
It’s an opportunity for men to lust over physical perfection, and for women to bemoan a body they’ll probably never have. (because let’s face it – I could triple my workout routine and I’ll still be 5’3. No protein shake will make me 10 inches taller.)
I have no problem with that. I like looking at them too, because HOLY SPECIMEN OF PHYSICAL PERFECTION. I can appreciate these models for what they are. I don’t feel inferior, because I’m not (other than in stature, of course.)
The entire thing is a FANTASY. It’s not SUPPOSED to be “representative.”
Which, according to Victoria’s Secret exec Ed Razek, is EXACTLY why there are no trans models.
Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer has apologized for comments he made in a recent interview with Vogue.
Ed Razek, the chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret parent company, spoke to Vogue about the lingerie company, its sales and the famous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. He told the magazine that the show wouldn’t include transgender models because it’s supposed to be a “fantasy.”
“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,” Razek told Vogue. “Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is.
This isn’t ABOUT “representing everyone.” I’m not watching this show expecting some 5’3 chick who looks like me. I’m expecting HUMAN GAZELLES IN UNCOMFORTABLE SKIVVIES. No part of me wants reality here. THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT.
But of course, this is super offensive because EVERYONE should include men who think they’re women in their lady show.
Razek said they considered having a transgender and plus-size model in the show but the store “market[s] who we sell to.”
“We market to who we sell to, and we don’t market to the whole world,” he said.
Razek said the company tried to pitch a television special for plus-size women in 2000 but no one was interested in it.
BINGO. The people who want to see a trans person or an overweight person walk around in their underwear AREN’T WATCHING THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW.
THEY ALREADY HATE IT.
Turning this into some SJW runway wouldn’t bring in more people – it would just turn the people who watch it away.
Anyway – everyone’s all kinds of offended.
The comments were criticized by models including Australian model Andreja Pejic, as well as social media users.
“It’s really sad when you see powerful people in our industry holding such backward views and being so comfortable in expressing them on a public platform,” Pejic wrote on Instagram.
No problem, Andreja. I’m sure they can happily replace you for a dude.
And as always… an apology has been issued:
Please read this important message from Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer, L Brands (parent company of Victoria’s Secret). pic.twitter.com/CW8BztmOaM
— Victoria’s Secret (@VictoriasSecret) November 10, 2018
You know why they haven’t made it?
Because in the search for ultra-hot girls, GIRLS will always be hotter than DUDES who think they’re girls.
Sorry. That’s just reality.