Behati Prinsloo has defended the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show amid the recent controversy, insisting it’s “just a show”.
The 30-year-old model was just one of the beauties to walk in the 2018 extravaganza, which hit headlines due to its lack of plus-size models.
In a new interview with Elle magazine, Behati was asked where she thinks Victoria’s Secret fits in to the “major body positivity movement” spreading the globe, and answered: “I think Victoria’s Secret embodies a lot of things. There’s a lot of talk about everything but I think people need to also understand that it’s a show. It’s not saying negative or positive about any body type, it’s ‘this is who they are.’ We’re strong, we’re confident, and I think any woman is a Victoria’s Secret woman.
“But people also need to understand that it’s just a show. I don’t think that it says that they’re not for a certain type of body. It’s cool to talk about it and great to open up a conversation and so much good has happened. I think it’s a show. Let’s just have fun and not make it about anything and just have a great night and celebrate everyone.”
Attempting to remain neutral, Behati concluded: “We’ve all got a body, nobody looks the same. It’s tough, it’s a hard thing to do because there’s always two sides and I’m just trying to, you know, live my best life.”
Prior to the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, plus-size model Robyn Lawley was among those criticising the brand for its lack of body diversity, and even started a petition urging consumers to boycott the company.
“(Around) 80 per cent of people who watch that show are women, so why wouldn’t you cater to that and show diversity? It just doesn’t make any sense to me financially from a company standpoint but also it takes a company like Victoria’s Secret to change the game,” Robyn, 29, mused at the time.
In addition to criticism for failing to keep up with consumer desire for body positive underwear, Victoria’s Secret’s chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, has come under fire in the wake of the brand’s annual show, after telling U.S. Vogue that he decided against casting transgender models in the latest spectacle because the company “did not market to the whole world”. He later apologised on social media for coming across as “insensitive”.
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