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."

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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.

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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.

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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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6 Times James Charles Has Made A Straight Man Uncomfortable

Thank you, Tati Westbrook, for bringing this problem to everyone's attention.

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On May 10, 2019, Youtube beauty guru, Tati Westbrook, posted a video titled, "BYE SISTER...". In a nutshell, Tati explains how her friendship and mentorship with fellow Youtube makeup artist, James Charles, is over. James and Tati's relationship goes way back, and he even did her makeup for her wedding. In the video, Tati brings to light that James has repeatedly flirted with straight men, in hopes of "turning" them gay. While this was not the only thing Tati talked about, it seems to be the main thing that people who follow the former Coverboy are talking about.

I had been subscribed to James for about two years until I recently unsubscribed from his channel. James Charles has made many videos with straight men including Ethan and Grayson Dolan, and Jeff Wittek, in which he clearly flirts with them throughout the videos making them uncomfortable.

I had noticed this tremendously in one of his more recent videos titled, "THE TRUTH... My Crush Does My Makeup." Being a big fan of Jeff's, I thoroughly enjoyed the video when I first watched it, but after watching Tati's video where she "exposes" James' predatory actions, I went back and watched his video with Jeff. After watching it the second time, it felt different.

1. "I am a woman!"

This whole video is just so cringey. At 4:12, James asks Jeff what the three things he looks for in a long-term relationship. Jeff responds, "You got to have a good sense of humor." In which James replies, "You tell me I'm funny to every single DM I send you."

Ok, by this time, Jeff has already made clear that he is straight. But Jeff rebuttals James' comment with, "Well second, you have to be a woman." While Jeff says this laughing, you can just feel the uncomfortable tension. But that doesn't stop James because he responds to Jeff's standards with, "I am a woman!" This behavior continues throughout the whole video.

2. "A hot barber."

In the same video mentioned before, James tells Jeff his three qualities he looks for in a relationship. He mentions a good sense of humor, understanding, and the third quality, a hot barber. Now, if you had no idea who Jeff was, you may just look over this, but Jeff is a barber. Again, James making the situation a little more uncomfortable than it needed to be.

3. "I'm a celebrity"

Tati talks about that James has made several moves on straight men. She even says that she repeatedly told James that he cannot try and control someone's sexual orientation. But to that, she said that James would reply with, "I'm a celebrity."

4. Any video he has done with the Dolan Twins

You can look up these yourself because there are too many to refer to.

5. "Jeff gets all the time he needs."

In this video, James has the entire Vlog Squad do a makeup relay race. The instructions were that each member had five minutes to work on his makeup and then they had to be done. But, James said, "But Jeff gets all the time he needs." What? Jeff responds with a very uncomfortable look.

6. "Possibility of hooking up with any of the Vlog Squad members"

In the same video, James asks Zane Hijazi who he thinks James would be able to hook up within the Vlog Squad. Zane immediately debunks James' hopes of being with Jeff, making James incredibly sad. The only reason James asked the question in the first place was in hopes of Zane saying Jeff's name.

James has currently lost almost three million subscribers since Tati posted her video. Some notable unsubscribers are Jeffree Star, Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, and Shawn Mendes. Morphe Cosmetics has also stopped selling James Charles' eyeshadow palette in stores.

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To All Lawmakers, Keep Your Laws Off My Body

My body, my choice.

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This past week, Ohio and Alabama received a lot of attention in the media after bold decisions were made regarding abortion laws in these two states. Alabama has signed an extreme abortion ban into law which gives no exception for even rape or incest. Women and doctors could end up facing 99 years in prison for performing an abortion in this state. In most cases, rapists only serve about 6 years of jail time. This means that a woman could spend more time in jail for attempting to abort the fetus than the man who planted it inside of her. In Ohio, similar laws are being put in place that denies women from getting an abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected. However, that is only 5 weeks into the pregnancy, or one week late of a period. Most women do not even know they are pregnant at that time.

I originally was very hesitant to write this article. Not because I did not know what I thought about the issue, but rather because I was afraid what other people would think of me writing about this. I'm typically not one to post anything too political but there comes a time when something must be said.

When it comes to abortion laws, pro-life advocates often argue that the fetus could be the next Einstein or the person to cure cancer. However, the women who are going to be taking care of the child could have potentially done the same. Instead, they are often forgotten about and their lives are changed for good. There are so many women who will have to give up so much such as their education, career, and happiness as a result of the laws that are being put into place.

Furthermore, if a woman is not capable of taking care of a child at the time she gets pregnant, the child will end up being the one to suffer the most. If the woman has no option but to keep the baby, the baby has the potential of growing up in an unstable home where it will not have the resources it needs to live.

Pro-life advocates push for women to just give the child up for adoption, but that has its own set of problems. If the woman puts the baby up for adoption, there is a ginormous possibility that the child will live their entire life going in and out of our country's broken foster care system. Lawmakers should not be advocating for the protection of fetuses unless they are able to make sure the fetus will be able to grow up in a stable environment.

Putting laws to prevent abortion into place isn't going to stop abortions from happening. Instead, it is going to make women turn to hazardous practices that could end up with them harming themselves. Many people, including some pro-life advocates, have even admitted that the bills being put into place are too far.

The most amazing thing to me about the bills being signed into place is that the support for them is heavily reliant on men. It is very easy to jump behind supporting something that doesn't affect you. These men will never be able to experience what it is like to carry a child around for nine months and care for it after. That is why it makes absolutely no sense that they are able to tell women what they can and can't do with their bodies.

Being pro-choice is not necessarily being pro-abortion. It is being for women to have the freedom to do what they believe is best for themselves. A women's right to make her own choices should not be a conservative or democratic issue. It is a human issue. It shouldn't matter what the circumstances are. If a woman feels she is not ready for a child she should have the ability to do what is needed to be done. I hope that as a country we are able to take the necessary steps to prevent us from moving back in time. So to all lawmakers, keep your laws off of my body.

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