Victoria's Secret apologizes for comments on transgender models

Victoria's Secret apologizes for comments on transgender models

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Victoria's Secret has been struggling with falling sales since 2016

Victoria's Secret Chief Marketing Officer has apologized for his comments on transgender models.

In an interview with Vogue magazine, Ed Razek said the lingerie company's annual shows were "a fantasy" and should not be included. Mr. Razek later said his remarks were "insensitive."

The show in 2018 took place on November 8 in New York with the models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.

Victoria's Secret has been struggling with falling sales since 2016.

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In a sweeping interview released on Thursday, Mr. Razek and company vice-president, Monica Mitro, were asked if the brand was more value-driven.

Mr. Razek, who is part of the casting team, admitted he had "considered" putting transgender and plus-size models on the show but did not "market the whole world" as a company.

Mr. Razek continued, "Does the brand think of diversity? Yes, do we offer larger sizes? Yes … Should not you have transsexuals on the show? No, no, I do not think we should."

"The show is a fantasy, it's a 42-minute entertainment special, that's it, it's the only one of its kind in the world," he said.

Following a setback on social media, Victoria's Secret on Twitter published a statement by Mr. Razek stating:

"To be clear, we would definitely need a transgender model on our show, we had transgender models for casting … and like many others, they did not make it."

"It was never about sex," he added.

Others defended Mr Razek's remarks arguing that buyers would not have to buy the product if they did not agree with the company's ethos.

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