People are calling out Victoria’s Secret again for failing to include enough diversity.
The world-famous American lingerie company unveiled its latest designs in a show last week. But many onlookers were disappointed in the scarcity of plus-size and non-white models.
In an act of protest, plus-size model Ashley Graham posted a photo on Instagram showing her on a runway while wearing Victoria’s Secret lingerie. The caption read “Got my wings!” and featured the hashtag”thickthighssavelives.”
The picture was met with enthusiasm from Graham’s followers, who responded with glowing comments.
“You are perfect.You do not need Victoria’s Secret , They need you. I know you have wanted to walk for them but Do not be upset they haven’t put you in their show its their loss. You are smart, funny, Kind and beautiful. I wish you continued success love and happiness.”
Graham has built a strong following by challenging traditional ideas of beauty.
— Ashley Graham (@ashleygraham) October 13, 2017
Graham’s modeling has given hope to men and women whose bodies don’t match up with the usual model physique.
Thick as in fully empowered and giving all of us who are curvy, the encouragement to embrace the realness. You’re our generational icon! <3
— Jaimee Young (@JaimeeDawnYoung) October 15, 2017
You’re a beautiful inspiration for several women who were once afraid to be themselves. That is awesome. Keep being you. 🙂
— Spaz (@spazattack13) October 14, 2017
Quite honestly … she’s more attractive then the stick runway models that look like they’re 12. MHO
— its me (@Kellyadams4449) October 15, 2017
Viewers of the show were also upset at the high proportion of white models, while noting that there were at least some Asians present.
Maybe Ming Xi fell on the Victoria's Secret runway to bring attention to the fact that there were actually Asian models in the show. (Although it's hard to tell in the second pic.) pic.twitter.com/ZgAsYqE9LC
— it’s your Tita Claire (@ClaireLuisaB) November 20, 2017
Meanwhile the choice of apparel for some of the black models stirred controversy.
Victoria's Secret still sexualizing traditional garments of black & brown people even though they get called out every year. And it's completely unnecessary because the actual underwear they're selling are basic. That's peak caucasity pic.twitter.com/f0tltQQIir
— Tshego (@Red__Mos) November 21, 2017
But others noted that this was Victoria Secret’s most diverse lineup of models yet. Yolanda Hadid, mother of Palestinian-Dutch model Bella Hadid, took to Instagram to share a picture of her daughter holding hands with black model Zuri Tibby at the event.
“The beauty of the Angelic realm where there is no hate, judgment or racism but rather a space of love, support and togetherness where everyone is celebrated,” Hadid wrote.