In case you arent up to speed, Razek and VS executive vice president of public relations, Monica Mitro, recently sat down with Vogues director of runway, Nicole Phelps, to discuss the upcoming fashion show, and what changes, if any, fans can expect to see this year. Phelps was quick to bring up social media during the interview, specifically the question of whether or not Victorias Secret has taken notice of what "the Instagram generation" seems to expect from the brand, or the changes theyre looking for VS to make when it comes to recruiting its angels. In his response, Razek brought up the criticisms and hate that both the brand, and the models, receive on a regular basis, but in the midst of a tangent detailing the array of negative comments, he touched upon inclusivity and made a few very controversial statements about diversity — or, I should say, lack thereof — and how its represented on the VS runway.
In terms of the sizes VS offers, Razek and Mitro both noted to Vogue that the brand does think about inclusivity and diversity, and offers sizes ranging from 30A up to a 40DDD. Still, Razek told the magazine that critics demand sizes 50, 60, and, on the opposite side of the spectrum, even a 24. As for the annual fashion show, however, Razek made it very clear that even though VS offers bigger sizes, they dont seem to be looking to model them on a televised runway. He told Vogue,
As for whether or not the brand has thought about featuring transgender models in the annual fashion show, Razek told Vogue that VS has considered the idea, but its just not happening this year. He explained,
So you can see where these types of comments could strike a sensitive chord, right? Thats why Tess Holliday took to Instagram to address the issue. In her post, the 33-year-old model called out Victorias Secret for its lack of support toward curvy models, and included a quote shed given to Teen Vogue on the importance of supporting brands that do strive to include all shapes, sizes, and identities.
"Who needs VS anyway?!" Holliday captioned her black and white photo. "They never supported plus ladies & now they are trying to dis my trans sisters? Hell nah. Kiss my fat ass."
Holliday added in her Instagram post that, even though her hope is that one day, Victorias Secret will embrace people of all body types and identities, for now, the best thing anyone can do for this cause is to support brands that do prioritize inclusivity and diversity. Its important to be vocal about the brands you do like and what theyre doing right because thats who should get our money, she wrote, because progressive brands are the ones that actually care about marginalized groups.
Unsurprisingly, Holliday wasnt the only one who spoke out about the Victorias Secret Fashion Shows lack of diversity and Razeks comments to Vogue. Celebrities like Rihanna and Kendall Jenner seem to have reacted to the controversial statements in their own subtle ways on social media, according to PEOPLE.
Only time will tell whether critics have truly gotten through to Razek and the rest of the VS team. You and I will just have to wait until next year to see whether or not the annual Victorias Secret Fashion Show will include a diverse group of angels getting their wings.
And Bella Hadid enjoyed a break from her hectic modelling schedule as she enjoyed a casual stroll in New York on Tuesday.
The Vogue coverstar, 22, went for a retro-inspired look, hiding her trim figure in a red, green and gold oversize plaid shirt worn over a graphic print tee.
Everywheres a catwalk: Bella Hadid enjoyed a break from her hectic modelling schedule as she enjoyed a casual stroll in New York on Tuesday
She paired this with baggy slate grey jeans and box fresh trainers as she strolled down the street.
Her raven tresses were slicked back in an elegant updo while her pretty features were enhanced with a simple slick of rose gloss.
Despite the late hour, the star opted for the ultimate A-list look and slipped on shades, accessorising with gold hoop earrings.
Her casual outing comes after her showstopping appearance at the annual Victorias Secret fashion show in NYC on Thursday.