American lingerie and womenswear brand, Victoria Secret seems to be drowning in controversy, at the moment. It first started in November 2018, when the former chief marketing officer, Ed Razek made a public claim that plus-size and transgender models on the catwalk was not something that interested its viewers and fans.
“It’s like, why doesn’t your show do this? Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No,” he said in the controversial interview. “No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special.” Shortly after this statement and the outrage that ensued, Razek made an apology and resigned from his position.
Now, this year, model and Victoria Secret ambassador, Shanina Shaik, confirmed that the annual show will not hold. During a recent interview with the Australian Daily Telegraph, she said, “Unfortunately the Victoria’s Secret show won’t be happening this year. It’s something I’m not used to because every year around this time I’m training like an angel.”
But the 28-year-old doubts it’s a permanent decision for the beloved brand; it’s more likely the production’s organisers are “trying to work on branding and new ways to do the show, because it’s the best show in the world.”
The once highly-anticipated show – which was, at one time, the most-watched fashion event of the year, with around $12 million spent on putting it on – continues to be criticised for being non-inclusive and non-evolving, and also for sending the wrong message to young girls and women around the world.