One of Victoria's Secret's higher-ups just admitted that the company has no interest in using trans or plus-sized models.
Ed Razek is the chief marketing officer of Victoria's Secret's mother company, L Brands.
He recently sat down with the executive vice president of public relations at Victoria's Secret, Monica Mitro, while they were interviewed by Nicole Phelps of Vogue to discuss the famous Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
During the interview Phelps took the opportunity to bring up the fact that,
"There's a young generation turned on by the multiple sizes of women in that show, and there are all sorts of different upstart brands that are putting trans women in their advertisements, women who are size 40 in their advertisements."
She continued to ask,
"Does VS feel the need to address the way the market is shifting in any way?"
Razek responded by saying that transgender and plus-sized models have been considered. However, as he continued to talk his response went from mildly acceptable to downright offensive.
He tried to claim that L Brands' Lane Bryant sufficiently met the need for plus-sized customers.
He also said,
"We market to who we sell to, and we don't market to the whole world."
He went on to talk about plus-size models by referencing Victoria's Secret's attempt at inclusivity in 2000.
"No one had any interest in it, still don't."
Razek's distasteful comments also extended to the topic of transgender models when he used the term "transsexuals" instead of the GLAAD-approved umbrella term, "transgender".
"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."
Razek's comments make it clear that he believes that neither plus-sized women nor transgender women are part of a "fantasy".
The fact that the person in charge of marketing spoke so offensively in the era of Rihanna's Savage x Fenty and Universal Standard has stirred quite the reaction amongst the social media loving millennials.
They are appalled by his comments, and their skin cannot stop crawling.
Shout-out to Nicole Phelps because there is NO WAY I could have made it through this interview without screaming an… https://t.co/XHFQmZ9IXL— Alyssa Vingan Klein (@Alyssa Vingan Klein)1541701007.0
@alyssavingan Ed Razek and Monica Mitro need to leave that brand and let people from the real world, with practial… https://t.co/IYz2MaOC1k— milla astrid (@milla astrid)1541765406.0
Ed Razek should stop doing interviews because this whole thing only makes VS seem even more out of touch. https://t.co/Hy4k5bprb9— Cora Harrington (@Cora Harrington)1541725953.0
@NicoleSPhelps Oh look at all the black/dark skinned models there. Not. I have never felt comfortable with this b… https://t.co/grxDhsy76M— Yasmin A. Choudhury (@Yasmin A. Choudhury)1541843255.0
@amyodell The Vogue article quotes are vile. The VS brand leaders literally say plus and trans models “aren’t the f… https://t.co/lz3STE2oef— april walloga (@april walloga)1541778482.0
Yikes imagine casting for a company geared towards women and not wanting to represent ALL women... #CantRelate… https://t.co/dMduO9tMae— Ⓥ ♈️ ♃ (@Ⓥ ♈️ ♃)1541892868.0
yIKKKKKES https://t.co/BJsFaNNpgw https://t.co/5IsvKCZEYu— manou (@manou)1541947404.0
First off, Ed Razek, lets get with the times. The correct term is transgender. 2nd, saying you will not feature tra… https://t.co/RiAivNoIMv— Stephanie 🔮 (@Stephanie 🔮)1541785427.0
@VictoriasSecret Thanks for showing us what a shit human you are, Ed Razek! What a great thing to know! https://t.co/g4hPlUNR0h— amy ✨ (@amy ✨)1541859751.0
"Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should," he says. "Well, why not? Because th… https://t.co/JnlqxqJSiG— Shachi Bhatt (@Shachi Bhatt)1541857097.0
Cool. @VictoriasSecret just became as irrelevant as their cheap, polyester panties. https://t.co/l5ynyIgW7P— Kim Pike (@Kim Pike)1541878940.0
guess who's not shopping at VS anymore 🖕 https://t.co/JHxBE1wjeg— Ems 🍁 (@Ems 🍁)1541879482.0
Looks like it's time for millennials to kill this company next.