Cyndi Lauper has defended Victoria’s Secret as the embattled lingerie brand faces a misogyny scandal.
Executives at the U.S. label, who cancelled the annual fashion show last year, are facing increasing demands to overhaul the entire company following the publication of an expose by The New York Times which detailed claims of inappropriate conduct against former chief marketing officer Ed Razek.
The 71-year-old, who has denied all allegations, was accused of harassment, bullying, and perpetuating a culture of misogyny.
However, despite the scandal, pop icon Cyndi has come out to defend the lingerie firm.
The Girls Just Want to Have Fun hitmaker told WWD that Victoria’s Secret makes affordable underwear for women who “don’t have a lot of money”.
“Women who don’t have money can go into a store and buy some pretty underwear and feel good,” she added.
The brand has also come under fire for not using a diverse mix of models, with Razek also courting controversy with his comments about plus-size and transgender women before he left his role in August.
Speaking with WWD, Cyndi shared her belief that the brand doesn’t have to showcase an inclusive range of models because it’s “a show”.
“It’s not what real people look like. They have these models; they do all this stuff. It’s a show,” she explained. “You gotta give everybody a break with all of this precious s**t. Do you want to look like a Barbie doll? We all had Barbie dolls when we were little. Guess what? When I took her ponytail out, the little b***h was bald… So what am I supposed to do? I know it’s bulls**t. Nobody has a body shaped like that.”
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