When ​Rihanna speaks, we all listen. And when she doesn’t…we all still stop and listen.


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."

Later on in the interview, Razek addressed not including plus-size or transgender models in the VSFW, bluntly stating, "We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don’t." To make matters worse, he went on, adding:


"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.

Victoria’s Secret tweeted an apology by Razek last week. 

We agree with O'Reilly. Thank god we have Rihanna in this world.