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Victoria's Secret Exec Apologizes for Comments About Trans Models

Wednesday Nov 14, 2018
Barbara Palvin, from left, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Winnie Harlow, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Alexina Graham walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 in New York.
Barbara Palvin, from left, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Winnie Harlow, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Alexina Graham walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 in New York.  (Source:Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

A top executive for Victoria's Secret is apologizing this week for comments he made about transgender models, USA Today reports.

In a Nov. 8 interview with Vogue magazine, the lingerie company's chief marketing officer Ed Razek said he didn't think transgender models should be featured in the annual fashion show. Razek specifically said "transsexuals" shouldn't be included in the event because "the show is a fantasy."

"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," he said. "We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes (in 2000). No one had any interest in it, still don't."

Victoria's Secret's official Twitter account shared a statement from Razek, who apologized for his comments.

"My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show came across as insensitive," he said. "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," he added. "I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are."




The company's latest fashion show took place last week in New York City, which included Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid and more.

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