Ed Razek, chief marketing officer of L Brands, Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, recently commented on Rihanna’s inclusive Savage x Fenty lingerie fashion show.
In an interview with Vogue, Razek said, "Everybody keeps talking about Rihanna’s show. If we had done Rihanna’s show, we would be accused of pandering without question." When asked why he thought that, he continued, "Because the brand has a specific image, has a point of view."
"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. It is the only one of its kind in the world, and any other fashion brand in the world would take it in a minute, including the competitors that are carping at us.”
While Rihanna has not spoken publicly about Razek’s comments, she has liked an Instagram post which showed a screenshot of a tweet that was criticizing Razek’s comments, according to Buzzfeed. The tweet, by model Louise O'Reilly, is shown below.
Prime example of why brands need to be careful of casting directors opinions. Especially when it’s a 70 year old man who’s living in the past. Thank god @rihanna brought us @SavageXFenty this year with genuine attention & love of diversity in her branding https://t.co/pdCk2ueSGq— Louise O'Reilly (@StyleMeCurvy) November 11, 2018
Victoria’s Secret tweeted an apology by Razek last week.
Please read this important message from Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer, L Brands (parent company of Victoria’s Secret). pic.twitter.com/CW8BztmOaM— Victoria's Secret (@VictoriasSecret) November 10, 2018
We agree with O'Reilly. Thank god we have Rihanna in this world.