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Sunday night saw the television airing of the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show, where models and pop stars wear very little and try to sell underwear to the masses -- Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner walked the runway, while artists like Bebe Rexha and Halsey performed for the audience.
The spectacle was taped November 8, just before Victoria's chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, made comments to Vogue disparaging both large women and trans women. Regarding trans models at the fashion show, Razek said, "It's like, why doesn't your show do this? Shouldn't you have transsexuals in the show? 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."
Razek quickly apologized, adding that trans models have come to his castings but "didn't make it."
The shocking quote and lackluster response turned many people off the Victoria's brand, which has been long critiqued for its narrow view of beauty. Halsey, as a "member of the LGBTQ+ community," also appeared unhappy with the company, releasing the following inclusive statement on Twitter, advocating both for the LGBTQ youth organization GLSEN and trans youth.