The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been criticized for its lack of diversity when it comes to including plus-sized and transgender models, with VS chief marketing officer Ed Razek issuing an apology over controversial comments he made defending the show’s lack of inclusiveness.
Now, model Behati Prinsloo is coming forward to offer her own defense of the annual lingerie showcase.
“There’s a lot of talk about everything but I think people need to also understand that it’s a show,” the Israeli model told Elle in an interview conducted prior to the taping of the show. ‘It’s not saying negative or positive about any body type, it’s ‘this is who they are.”‘
“We’re strong, we’re confident, and I think any woman is a Victoria’s Secret woman,” Prinsloo continued. “It’s cool to talk about it and great to open up a conversation and so much good has happened.”
Added Prinsloo: “I think it’s a show. Let’s just have fun and not make it about anything and just have a great night and celebrate everyone.”
In his controversial comments, Razek said: “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. Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should.”
He continued: “Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is. It is the only one of its kind in the world, and any other fashion brand in the world would take it in a minute, including the competitors that are carping at us. And they carp at us because we’re the leader.”
Following severe backlash, Razek later backtracked, claiming that “we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show.”
Singer Halsey, one of the performers at this year’s show, blasted Razek’s remarks in a scathing Instagram post. “As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity,” she said. “Especially not one motivated by a stereotype… We stand in solidarity, and complete and total acceptance is the only ‘fantasy’ that I support.”