Wednesday , October 27 2021

Victoria & # 39; s Secret exec apologizes for the "insensitive" anti-trans comment


Another day, another one without apologies from a man.

Victoria & # 39; s Secret issued a message on behalf of the marketing director (CMO) Eda Razek, explaining the statements that Razek made in Fashion about why the underwear brand did not drop trance models in its tent fashion shows.

Razek originally stated that Victoria & # 39; s Secret does not have and you should not projection of trance models, because they are not compatible with the "fantasy" as he called it, presented by the program. Now Razek says that the company never gave up trans models because they simply did not cut, not because of sex. And that Victoria & # 39; s Secret would "absolutely throw a transsexual model".

If you scratch this circular logic and wonder if this statement in any way contradicts the idea that the trance models are not part of the "fantasy" that Victoria & # 39; s Secret is trying to portray – well, people are not alone!

Break it.

70-year-old white Ed Razek is one of the people who throws extravagant objectification – palooza, or the Victoria & # 39; s Secret fashion show. Models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner in angel wings and Scottish plaid underwear Victoria & # 39; s Secret in December show in ABC a show of tall, slim, almost naked women. A spectacular festival!

Razek recently gave an interview Fashion about the program, the brand and its place on the lingerie market, which currently includes more inclusive and diverse brands such as Rihanna & # 39; s Fenty. In the interview Razek was clear: Victoria & # 39; s Secret is not a brand for everyone, nor should it. It will continue to promote and adapt to the very specific type of Hadid's body.

"We sell who we sell and we do not sell the whole world," said Razek.

To this end, Victoria & # 39; s Secret considered placing plus-size and transsexual models in her shows, but ultimately she chose them. This is because the company must stay true to its brand, the "fantasy" it sells – which is clear that it is "physically fit" as described by Razek. And this fantasy does not include plus-size or transsexual (transsexual, as Razek calls them):

Should not you have transsexuals on the show? No. I do not think we should. Why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It's a 42-minute entertainment program. This is it.

Nowadays, you can hardly see such a bald grip of the obvious – if you disliked – truth. Why Victoria & # 39; s Secret does not offer trans or plus models? Because they are not the thin cis-tits-out-fantasy they sell. Duh!

Naturally, Razek and Victoria & # 39; s Secret had to undo the comments. To do this, the company has released … a very misleading statement!

My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria & # 39; s Secret Fashion Show proved to be insensitive. Excuse me. To be clear, we would absolutely throw a transsexual model on the show. We have transsexual models who come to castings … and like many others, they did not … But it never was about sex. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are.

Razek basically says that he and his crew did not drop the trance models because they "did not do it" – that is, they were not what the casting people were looking for.

Oh, why do you ask about it? Because Razek, who, as he said himself, tries to promote the "fantasy" of the brand, claims that he did not achieve it! The models did not fit the Razek idea into the Victoria & # 39; s Secret model. Ergo, these are not the Victoria & # 39; s Secret models. Separating this truth from their gender is insincere and sincere, meaningless.

Razek's statement was clear and honest. Victoria & # 39; s Secret would "absolutely" throw the trans model if she made a cut. But the unspoken implications of the company's brand and past actions dictate that it would never cut, because people like Razek decide what is sexy, which is part of the fantasy. And as Razek said before, this does not apply to trans women.

Here's one thing: do not let men's opinions like Razek or business goals of the corporation decide what is sexy.

It would be a "statement" – perhaps even victory – if Victoria & # 39; s Secret cast a transsexual model in her iconic show on the catwalk. It would say that you are part of the "fantasy" of what we consider sexy. And that can mean a lot for many people.

Perhaps, however, this attitude sustains the power of Victoria's Secret, when what we really should do is deflate this power – reducing its power alongside rapidly declining sales. Agreeing with the acceptance of trans models by Victoria Secret means that a company can, have and should have the power to decide what is sexy. Why do we still allow them to have this power?

We know what Victoria & # 39; s Secret means; people like Razek and dozens of almost identical bodies, which they founded on their runways, clearly explain this. This catwalk ceases to be an arbitrator of what is sexy.

Who the hell needs Victoria & # 39; s Secret approval when we have Rihanna?

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