For years, one major criticism about the show is how it lacked diversity for many of their models fit into the 'white, blonde, slim' stereotype. Since then, the brand has become more open to their selection of runway walkers, opening the floor for more racial diversity. However, considering that competitor brands like Rihanna's Savage X Fenty and Ashley Graham's Addition Elle are now winning the market by catering to a wider range of body shapes, sizes, and even gender, many have come to question how unyielding Victoria's Secret has been and how they have failed yet again to make a statement about inclusivity in their 2018 show.
It also didn't help that the brand's Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek addressed the criticism in a recent interview by saying, "We invented the plus-size model show in what was our sister division, Lane Bryant. Lane Bryant still sells plus-size lingerie, but it sells a specific range, just like every speciality 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." This statement caused many people to be taken aback at what seemed like the brand's apathy, even going as far to call a boycott.
However, we took it upon ourselves to read the interview in full and discovered that more was said regarding the matter. In his defence, Razek also mentioned, "...in 1999, 2000, after we’d done the show for a few years, none of the designers who did shows would use any of our girls. "They were too fat" was the prevailing wisdom of fashion at the time. You probably remember that. At the time the conversation was "they’re too big for us [pertaining to the curvier and more bombshell-esque models], we can’t possibly put them in our show." Progress gets made, and part of what’s happened in our show is that the girls have just continued to get more physically fit."