Cyndi Lauper defends Victoria’s Secret amid misogyny scandal

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 t…

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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Billy Porter wore curtain from Broadway’s Kinky Boots to 2019 Tony Awards

Billy Porter wore an outfit made from the red velvet curtain from the final performance of Kinky Boots to the 2019 Tony Awards. The 49-year-old, who fronted the Cyndi Lauper musical when it opened on Broadway in 2013, walked the Radio City Music Hall …

Billy Porter wore an outfit made from the red velvet curtain from the final performance of Kinky Boots to the 2019 Tony Awards.

The 49-year-old, who fronted the Cyndi Lauper musical when it opened on Broadway in 2013, walked the Radio City Music Hall red carpet on Sunday in an Elizabethan-inspired red-and-pink tuxedo top, tulle skirt, and matching cigarette pant made from the curtain.

The eye-catching ensemble was a sweet tribute to the musical, which landed Porter his first-ever Tony Award.

According to The New York Times, designers at handbag company Scenery Bags purchased the red velvet curtain after Kinky Boots closed in April last year and contacted the Pose star to see if the wanted it fashioned into a bag.

His stylist Sam Ratelle came up with the idea for the look and went to designer Sergio Guadarrama and creative director Cade Johnson of Celestino Couture to create the gown.

“I want to flip the question of what it means to be a man,” Porter told The New York Times ahead of the Tony Awards. “This question of masculinity, this sort of microscope of heteronormative masculinity that we are very often held up to, especially as leading men, needs to be shattered.

“You know, it’s toxic and I’m over it and I’ve lived it and I’m not doing it anymore.”

The dress also included an embroidered uterus as a nod to “empowering women’s reproductive rights,” and more than 30,000 Swarovski crystals.

“This is exactly what I was looking for – pants but drama,” he added.

The over-the-top star stunned in a custom Christian Siriano tuxedo gown for the Oscars back in February and was carried on a golden palanquin through the Met Gala pink carpet in a bejewelled Egyptian-inspired catsuit last month.

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Kelly Clarkson to support Time’s Up by wearing white rose to Grammy Awards

Kelly Clarkson and Rita Ora are among the musicians who will pledge their support to the Time’s Up movement by wearing white roses to the upcoming Grammy Awards.The planned demonstration, which comes just weeks after the majority of stars wore black to…

Kelly Clarkson and Rita Ora are among the musicians who will pledge their support to the Time’s Up movement by wearing white roses to the upcoming Grammy Awards.

The planned demonstration, which comes just weeks after the majority of stars wore black to the Golden Globe Awards to support the movement, formed in response to the sexual assault and harassment scandal sweeping Hollywood, has been planned by Meg Harkins, senior vice president at Roc Nation, and Karen Rait, rhythmic promotion at Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

The duo realised that no plans had been put in place for stars attending the biggest night in the music industry to show their support for those who have come forward with tales of sexual assault. Harkins and Rait then assembled around a dozen other women in music, dubbing themselves Voices in Entertainment, for a dinner in New York on Monday (22Jan18) to come up with a plan for Sunday night’s ceremony.

After much discussion, they came up with the symbol of a white rose – which references the white colour the suffragettes wore during their protests and also the hue Hillary Clinton donned at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.

Since they set their plan, the Voices in Entertainment have been reaching out to their contacts to encourage them to wear white roses to the event, with Kelly, Rita, Halsey, Cyndi Lauper, Dua Lipa, Rapsody and Tom Morello among those who have agreed to accessorise their ensemble with the flower on Sunday night.

Harkins and Rait have also been in touch with the Time’s Up movement headquarters to discuss their plans for the Grammys, and to ensure that they can coordinate their messages.

“It is an important conversation politically in our country and it’s also a conversation we need to have internally with our artists and our companies,” Harkins told Billboard.com. “We need to say if anyone is feeling like they’re being discriminated against and they don’t feel safe in their workplace, they have people who will support them.”

“Music artists have a lot of impact… So it’s only fitting that that music’s biggest night show the support for equality and safety in the workplace and that people need to be cognisant of their fellow employees,” Rait added.

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