Ashley Graham has weighed in on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show controversy, insisting that for her, “beauty has always been beyond size”.
The lingerie brand came under fire for their lack of diversity in their annual show, with many models calling them out for not including any curvy models in the runway extravaganza.
Ashley, arguably the world’s most famous plus-size models, had her say as the Fashion Show aired on U.S. television on Sunday night (02Dec18), sharing a series of pictures from her Ashley Graham for Addition Elle lingerie catwalk show on her Instagram page alongside the caption “#BeautyBeyondSize”.
Explaining why she decided to make the public statement, Ashley told People: “For me beauty has always been beyond size. This is about using women who look different because we all look different and we need to praise that difference about us. That is what is beautiful, it’s that we’re all not created the same. So I am just so happy that I actually make lingerie for women who want to feel sexy and who want to feel accepted.
“I can’t speak to what anybody else wants to do except for myself and the fact that I will always have an inclusive runway show.”
Victoria’s Secret have also come under fire after chief executive Ed Razek commented in an interview with U.S. Vogue that he had opted against including transgender models in the show. He later apologised for being insensitive, but was slammed by stars including Halsey, who had performed at the annual show in November.
Behati Prinsloo was one of the models who walked in the runway presentation, and defended Victoria’s Secret in a chat with Elle magazine, telling the publication: “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.”
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