Victoria’s Secret’s CMO Ed Razek Apologizes For Saying He Wouldn’t Use Transgender & Plus-Sized Models
Victoria’s Secret has apologized for insensitive comments about transgender models.
In an interview with Vogue Magazine, Ed Razek, the company’s chief marketing officer, said that the company’s annual shows were “a fantasy” and should not include transgender models. Razek, who’s part of the casting team, said that he had “considered” putting transgender and plus-sized models in the show, but had not as the company “did not market to the whole world.”
Today, the company run by a 70-year-old man and owned by an 80-year-old one came under fire for its controversial views.
Following the backlash, the company and Razek released a statement.
It read, “To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model in our show. We’ve had transgender models come to castings… And like many others, they didn’t make it.”
Please read this important message from Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer, L Brands (parent company of Victoria’s Secret). pic.twitter.com/CW8BztmOaM
— Victoria’s Secret (@VictoriasSecret) November 10, 2018
“It was never about gender,” Razek added. He said that about an issue where gender is literally in one of the keywords.
Victoria’s Secret has experienced falling sales since 2016. The brand was founded in 1977 and has over 1,000 stores worldwide.