Victoria’s Secret dismisses Plus-size, trans women as models

Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek made a statement that created the wrong type of buzz around his product. On Thursday while giving an interview with Vogue he stood by his brand’s lack of casting of transgender and plus-size models stating, “Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should,” he said. “We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don’t.”

Twitter immediately responded stating this perception of beauty standards often portrayed by brands such as Victoria’s Secret can be dangerous. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, genders and sexual orientations.

One current employee of Victoria’s Secret, who spoke to Mic under conditions of anonymity saying she finds it “very hurtful that the company I work for would say something like this, especially since I’m a larger girl.”

In the latest turn of events CEO Jan Singer has stepped down. The company’s shares pared gains after Bloomberg News reported of her departure though the company’s stock price is down about 39 percent this year to date.

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