The Victoria’s Secret drama is far from over. Numerous celebrities, including Kendall Jenner, and competitor ThirdLove have spoken out against the company after offensive comments about transgender people and plus size women were made by Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer of Victoria’s Secret parent company L Brands. Now, singer Halsey has released a fervent message against the brand.
After performing at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which aired this past Sunday, Halsey took to Instagram to state her regret for supporting the brand: “Performing this year alongside other amazing artists and hardworking models/friends was supposed to be the best night of my year. However, after I filmed the performance some comments were made regarding the show that I simply cannot ignore.”
The singer directs people’s attention to GLSEN, an organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth, adding that she has made a donation in honor of those youth who have been made to feel “other.” Halsey’s statement concludes with, “If you are a trans person reading this, and these comments have made you feel alienated or invalidated please know that you have allies. We stand in solidarity, and complete and total acceptance is the only ‘fantasy’ that I support…”
A post by I AM FASHION on Twitter states that this year’s show only had 3.2 million viewers, compared to the 2010 show that had 10.3 million. It’s hard to know if the lack of interest is due to the recent controversy, critiques of lack of diversity and inclusiveness, or plummeting sales. What we do know is, it’s time for some major changes at Victoria’s Secret — if it’s not too late.
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