NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: Models Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks and Alessandra Ambrosio pose on the runway at The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the 69th Regiment Armory November 9, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Victoria’s Secret has made a huge statement by hiring it’s first transgender model.

Valentina Sampaio posted the news on her Instagram. She added a number of  hashtags under the photo including #representatividade and #diversity.

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48.8k Likes, 1,577 Comments - Valentina Sampaio (@valentts) on Instagram: "Backstage click @vspink ???????? #bastidores #new #vspink #campaign #representatividade #diversity..."

The company  has previously been under fire for not being diverse enough, and they have also been under fire for comments previously made by Ed Razek, chief marketing officer of a parent company. As Los Angeles Times points out, “In a 2018 interview with Vogue, Razek said trans models should not be included in the ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ and referred to the trans community as ‘transsexuals.'” Razek also said that “‘no one has any interests’ in a show featuring plus-size models.”

This appears to be one of many changes coming from the lingerie company. It was just announced that they would forgo their annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year to work on rebranding.

It was also annouced today that Ed Razek with be retiring at the end of the month.


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