Victoria's Secret 'Sorry' For Transgender Model Comments
Following his offensive comments on transgender women, Victoria's Secret chief marketing officer Ed Razek has apologised.
Speaking to Vogue in an interview that was published on Thursday, Radzek has issued a statement over Twitter, calling the comments he made about transgender women in the piece as 'insensitive.'
The comment in question refers to Razek's use of the outdated term "transsexuals,” as well as his implication that transgender models were not worthy of being cast in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
“So it’s like, why don’t you do 50? Why don’t you do 60? Why don’t you do 24? It’s like, why doesn’t your show do this?” he said. “Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special.”
It's not the first time Radzek has caused controversy, with his comments on plus-sized models also causing heated backlash.
"I think we address the way the market is shifting on a constant basis. If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have,” he said. “We invented the plus-size model show in what was our sister division, Lane Bryant. Lane Bryant still sells plus-size lingerie, but it sells a specific range, just like every specialty retailer in the world sells a range of clothing. As do we. We market to who we sell to, and we don’t market to the whole world.”
“We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don’t,” he claimed.
Celebrities -- including Victoria's Secret model l Kendall Jenner -- have since come out on social media to rebuke Razek’s comments, with Jenner posting an image reading “celebrate trans women” to her Instagram story.
Plus-size model Tess Holiday also publicly criticised the lingerie giant, telling followers to instead embrace brands that are inclusive -- such as Savage X Fenty, Playful Promises and Torrid Fashion.