Victoria's Secret Isn't Diversifying Their Annual Shows, And Many Are Taking A Stand

Victoria's Secret Isn't Diversifying Their Annual Shows, And Many Are Taking A Stand

"No. No, I don't think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy, It's a 42-minute entertainment special. That's what it is."


In a recent interview with Vogue, Victoria's Secret executives began explaining why plus-size and transgender people are not with their brand and will not be walking in their show. As many are disgusted by this appeal including me, changes are still not being made to further us in the right direction in the modeling industry with this brand in diversifying and strengthening these issues. Ed Razek, an executive at Victoria's Secret had a lot to say about these manners which stirred up major controversy on social media as well as many communities within the world which take pride in the way they look and act, as they should. Razek stated "You probably remember that.

At the time the conversation was "they're too big for us, we can't possibly put them in our show." Progress gets made, and part of what's happened in our show is that the girls have just continued to get more physically fit." This "progress" doesn't make any sense as he's just touching upon how these girls are catering towards the societal aspects of what they need to look like for the fashion show, not what they want to look like. It's disgusting how the depiction of females in this world has changed in so many fantastic ways, yet there are still these existential barriers created by these types of people which makes it even more difficult to take a stand.

As the interview progresses, Razek continues to speak about the decline in business when bringing plus-size women to the brand. "We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still, don't. Our show is the only branded special in the world, seen in 190 countries, by 1 billion 6 million people; 45 percent more people saw it last year than the year before." This statement truly irritated me on so many levels at 2000, was 18 years ago and there were so many changes still occurring within the world and these models should have been implemented in the show because every type of brand and industry is moving towards an inclusive society. If there are brands similar to Victoria's Secret who are not progressing in this way and aren't allowing people to be present in their shows due to weight, sexuality or being trans-gender, how are we progressing as a society?

Bringing LGBTQ and Trans matters into the picture, Razek was asked if trans people would be taken into account for the shows and his response was, No. No, I don't think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy, It's a 42-minute entertainment special. That's what it is." This reply was absolutely horrifying as we all look to Victoria's Secret for fashion inspiration and beauty icons who are living the same lives as we are, and this just isn't something anyone cares for. This is a discrimination against a certain type of person due to the differences they have and the "visual fantasy" that Victoria's Secret wants to create. As you could only imagine, this created a major uproar for many figures within the world as well as the trans and LGBTQ communities.

Gigi Gorgeous took to Youtube and made a video explaining every aspect of this situation as well as touching upon her own frustrations and disgust with the brand on Twitter.

Twitter @TheGigiGorgeous

On November 9th, this statement from Victoria's Secret was sent out on behalf of Ed Razek, The Chief Marketing Officer for L Brand which is the parent company of VS. His statement went completely against everything he had said previously in his interview with Vogue which was extremely confusing to understand. He spoke about how they "absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show." I struggle to believe this due to his previous interview completely shutting down the idea or concept of having a trans model walk the show.

Twitter @VictoriasSecret

Although we are majorly taking huge steps and leaps in society towards creating a more inclusive world, there are still bumps created like these which are making it difficult to do so. If we catch these things quick enough and strive to dissolve these types of situations from happening, then we could ensure that all types of people are represented in society accurately and respectfully. Yes, this won't be the last time something along these lines occurs but we can look at these mistakes and do our best to make sure they won't happen again.

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Allegations Of Domestic Abuse Against Johnny Depp Turn Out To Be False

Johnny Depp was framed and it turns out that his now ex-wife was actually the abuser, not the other way around.


You might have heard last year that Amber Heard, leading female actress in "Aquaman," made allegations over domestic abuse against her then-husband, Johnny Depp. This caused Twitter to "cancel" Johnny Depp, compelling people to boycott his movies, including the latest film from the Harry Potter universe, "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them." He was even dropped from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise following those allegations.

Recently, however, Johnny Depp has filed a lawsuit against Heard for a whopping 50 million dollars on the counts that the abuse allegations she made were false. In addition, an overwhelming amount of evidence has been presented, including 87 surveillance tapes and 17 sworn eyewitness statements, showing that Heard was the perpetrator of the abuse, not Depp. She even became a "darling of the MeToo movement", a Human Rights Champion of the United Nations Human Rights Office, was appointed ambassador on women's rights at the American Civil Liberties Union, and was hired by L'Oreal Paris as its global spokesperson, as a result of the false allegations, according to the lawsuit from Depp's legal team. Reports say that she even confessed that they were a hoax as well.

It is truly a shame, and I am utterly disgusted at the level of sheer hypocrisy being demonstrated here. Imagine trying to propel your career based upon a mountain of lies and not only that, lies about the abuse that you committed. I honestly don't know how Heard can live with herself, having knowingly ruined someone's life by spreading lies, let alone causing a person such high levels of physical harm on multiple occasions (and on top of that her performance in "Aquaman" was EXTREMELY subpar). What Amber Heard did is just going to be used in favor of those who oppose the MeToo movement, because now there is clear evidence of a female celebrity lying about the abuse. Heard's lies could be used to discredit every woman telling the truth, and especially now we want to and SHOULD believe women. Instead of making things better for women, she has just magnified the damage and has made it increasingly difficult for women in the future to report their abuse because now there will be more speculation.

However, I do also think that it is crucial to think about the double standards we often hold here. Just because women tend to be the victims of abuse more than men does not mean that men do not also suffer abuse. Women should not be blindly believed on every occasion because of that statistic as well. We want so desperately to believe women, yet when Amber Heard claimed to have been abused she was believed without intense further investigations and even put on pedestals for her bravery, despite the fact that Depp's ex-wives had never suffered abuse by him. Perhaps every claim of abuse really should be investigated equally, regardless of the gender of the victim.

I am extremely glad that Johnny Depp was not the abuser because I have always admired his incredible acting and talent. I am glad that my impression of him can remain as good as it was before and that I can give him my full respect again. However, Amber Heard must be treated the same way Depp was when he was accused - full "cancellation."


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To The Girl That Doesn't Feel Pretty Enough, Yes, You Are

You don't have to be skinny to be pretty.


With all the technology that has been advancing and social media growing it is hard to not see what everyone else is doing, what everyone else is wearing, etc. Girls now have to grow up constantly worrying about what photo to post, or what new clothes to buy, what trend to follow. It has become hard for girls to be their own personality.

They are constantly being looked at and they know it.

If you are even a pound over the common weight you feel bad about yourself, even if you are five pounds lighter than the common weight you feel bad. No matter how hard you try you never feel pretty enough. You put makeup just to go to class. You beg your parents to buy you the hundred dollar shoes so you fit in. You use the photo editing app to make your pictures look better. You starve yourself just to shave those five pounds before spring break.

We all have tried these things to match everyone's perspective the perfect girl.

However, we don't need to. Who cares if you get that boys attention at the party because of what you're wearing. Who cares if you have the right clothes or the right make-up. Who cares what caption you post with your picture. Being pretty doesn't have to be about what is on the outside.

Your personality is beautiful.

You are wonderfully made. You are special no matter what. Your intelligence. Your beliefs. Your personality. Your culture. Your style. Your confidence. Is what makes you be you. Not what someone wants you to be not. What someone wants you to wear. Not how someone wants you to act.

Be yourself and be loved.

Be the person that you want to be. Be the person that doesn't need acceptance to be happy. Don't worry about what looks back at you in the mirror and worry about what who you want to see. Don't let dirty remarks and mean words bring you down. The small victories are the best. It doesn't matter what the person next to you looks like. All that matters is how you view yourself.

You can do anything you believe.

No matter what anyone says you can do and be anything you want. Doesn't matter what you look like or what you wear. It doesn't matter what you post on social media. It doesn't matter what other people think. Be who you are not what everyone else wants you to be.

You are beautiful no matter what. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Love yourself and be who you are. Don't let anyone treat you any less than what you are worth.

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