In 1995, while talking about the famed underwear catalog, Jeff Foxworthy remarked, “That underwear they make now — it’s so skimpy, Victoria doesn’t have a whole lotta secrets left.”
Perhaps the clothing line’s never been into secrets to start with; it’s about being beautiful and bold.
And according to Fox News, Victoria’s Secret has boldly enlisted its first biological male.
Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio will soon be front and center.
Social evolution continues, and the nation’s cultural-leading companies are blazing the path.
In the case of the bra brand, there may also be an element of damage control afoot: VS got in some trouble a while back with regard to size and sex.
As reported by The Daily Wire:
The inclusion of Sampaio comes months after L. Brands’ (parent company of Victoria’s Secret) Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek sparked the ire of social justice leftists when he told Vogue that little interest exists for plus-size and trans models on the runway.
“I think we address the way the market is shifting on a constant basis. 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,” Razek said, adding that the sister division, Lane Bryant, was created to fill that consumer need.
“We invented the plus-size model show in what was our sister division, Lane Bryant,” he continued. “Lane Bryant still sells plus-size lingerie, but it sells a specific range, just like every specialty retailer in the world sells a range of clothing. As do we.”
“We market to who we sell to, and we don’t market to the whole world,” he said. “We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don’t.”
Ed ended up apologizing. Here’s how that went:
“My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show came across as insensitive. I apologize. To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show. We’ve had transgender models come to castings … and like many others, they didn’t make it. … But it was never about gender. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are.”
Ever wish you had a nickel for every time someone in the public eye uttered the word “insensitive”?
Victoria’s move isn’t exactly revolutionary — in 2017, Playboy debuted its first biologically male Playmate, Ines Rau:
Ines Rau named Playboy’s first transgender Playmate https://t.co/lKCDUhIY4N
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 21, 2017
Outspoken pro-life porn star Jenna Jameson was unimpressed:
But the beat goes on:
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