WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Victoria’s Secret’s chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, has left the lingerie company following the company’s hiring of its first openly transgender model.
- The 71-year-old marketing chief had claimed in an interview with Vogue last year that ‘transsexual’ models should not be cast ‘because the show is a fantasy.’
- News of Razek’s departure comes just a week after reports of the 2019 fashion show’s cancellation.
The chief marketing officer at Victoria’s Secret, Ed Razek, has left the lingerie company just days after it hired its first openly transgender model.
The 71-year-old marketing chief had claimed in an interview with Vogue last year that “transsexual” models should not be cast “because the show is a fantasy.”
The 22-year-old Brazilian transgender model, Valentina Sampaio, had already taken part in a photoshoot for the brand’s Pink line, which is targeted at younger customers. She shared a photo on Instagram on Saturday with a follow-up post captioned: “Never stop dreaming.”
Sampaio’s hiring has since been blasted as a suspiciously forced marketing move.
The lingerie brand has been repeatedly criticized as regressive for its hypersexuality and exclusive use of thin models, which dangerously counters the current emphasis on body positivity. Its skimpy lingerie also failed to cater to customers who put comfort first.
Razek had also remarked in his Vogue interview that plus-size models also did not fit the Victoria’s Secret mold and audiences had “no interest” in seeing them. While he later apologized for his “insensitive” remarks, the damage has been done.
The Victoria’s Secret 2018 fashion show had the lowest audience ratings following Razek’s discriminatory comments. The company has also suffered a decline in sales and several store closures.
Razek’s retirement was announced by Leslie Wexner, the chair and chief executive of the brand’s parent company, L Brands.
News of Razek’s departure comes just a week after reports of the 2019 fashion show’s cancellation.
Victoria’s Secret is yet to provide any comment.
Source: The Guardian