Aside from the epic fashion and the mesmerising interactions between the models, the most exciting part about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is the performance and the lingerie brand usually hunker down major talent for the occasion.
This year they enlisted Halsey for the job who performed her track ‘Without Me’ as models including Martha Hunt, Bella Hadid, Devon Windsor, Willie Harlow and more walked by.
But as marketing director Ed Razek‘s offensive comments about the plus size and trans community didn’t go live until after Halsey had already performed, she wanted to let people know that she completely disagrees with his sentiment.
ICYMI: He told Vogue, “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.”
Shortly after the performance went live, Halsey dropped the following statement on Insta:
“I have adored the Victorias Secret fashion show since I was young. Performing this year alongside other amazing artists and hardworking models/friends was supposed to be the best night of my year,” she wrote. “However, after I filmed the performance, some comments were made regarding the show that I simply cannot ignore.”
“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not one motivated by stereotype,” she wrote. “If you’re on my page because you watched my performance tonight, please allow me to instead direct your attention to GLSEN: An organization that offers services aimed at protecting LGBTQ+ youth. And with respect to those youth targeted by these comments in a world where they have been made to feel “other,” I have made a sizable donation in their honor.”
She concluded, “If you are a trans person reading this, and these comments made you feel alienated or invalidated please know that you have allies. We stand in solidarity, and complete and total acceptance is the only “fantasy” that I support…”
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