Model Alliance demands Victoria’s Secret addresses ‘culture of misogyny’

Members of the Model Alliance have demanded Victoria’s Secret bosses overhaul the entire company following allegations of misogyny.In an expose published in The New York Times over the weekend, models and employees accused former chief marketing office…

Members of the Model Alliance have demanded Victoria’s Secret bosses overhaul the entire company following allegations of misogyny.

In an expose published in The New York Times over the weekend, models and employees accused former chief marketing officer Ed Razek of inappropriate conduct during his 36-year stint at the U.S. lingerie label, with claims relating to harassment and bullying. The 71-year-old has denied all allegations.

In light of The New York Times report, members of the Model Alliance, a non-profit organisation that advocates for the protection of those working in the fashion industry, have sent an open letter to John Mehas, chief executive officer of Victoria’s Secret, calling for him to “take concrete action” in order to change a “culture of misogyny and abuse”.

“We believe that this moment can be a wake-up call for Victoria’s Secret. This is an opportunity to take meaningful steps towards ending these abuses by joining the RESPECT Program, as models have called for since December 2018. The RESPECT Program – a program of the Model Alliance – is the only existing accountability program designed by and for models,” the letter reads. “Models have access to an independent, confidential complaint mechanism, with swift and fair resolution of complaints and appropriate consequences for abusers. Further, RESPECT includes a robust training program aimed toward prevention, to ensure that everyone understands their rights and responsibilities.”

In addition, the letter claims officials at the Model Alliance met with leaders at Victoria’s Secret and its parent company L Brands, including chief communications officer Tammy Roberts Myers, five months ago. But in a follow-up email, Myers allegedly commented that “Victoria’s Secret was not ready to take any concrete steps towards addressing these allegations” and that the company is simply, “In the process of continued learning and listening.”

“The time for listening is long past; it’s time for Victoria’s Secret to take action to protect the people they profit from. Human rights violations can’t be stopped with a corporate rebranding exercise,” the letter concluded.

The document was signed by models including Amber Valletta, Christy Turlington, Robyn Lawley, and Karen Elson, as well as photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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Robyn Lawley: ‘Victoria’s Secret boss Ed Razek hates plus-sized women’

Robyn Lawley has accused Victoria’s Secret boss Ed Razek of “hating plus-sized women”.Razek, the chief marketing officer of the world-famous lingerie brand, came under fire in the wake of the brand’s annual show when he told U.S. Vogue that he’d consid…

Robyn Lawley has accused Victoria’s Secret boss Ed Razek of “hating plus-sized women”.

Razek, the chief marketing officer of the world-famous lingerie brand, came under fire in the wake of the brand’s annual show when he told U.S. Vogue that he’d considered casting transgender and plus-sized models in the spectacle but decided against doing so because the company “did not market to the whole world”. He later apologised on social media for coming across as “insensitive”.

His apology did little to calm curvy Australian model Robyn, however, who has slated the brand in numerous interviews since then.

In her latest, a chat with Who magazine editor Keshnee Kemp for the podcast RAW Talks, Robyn accused Razek of “hating women”.

“I literally said Ed Razek will dig his own grave because he hates plus-sized women,” she explained. “I hate that term, because I’m not plus-size and I don’t think any woman deserves that tag. He hates women, in general.”

Adding that she wishes Victoria’s Secret would take advantage of their huge “platform”, Robyn continued: “Imagine if they sent down a curvy girl. Or just anything different – a size 10 or a 12 or a 14. It just gets boring after a while and I used to buy their brand – they sell my size. Show us how your brand is actually going to look on a body that’s relatable.”

While many of her friends are models, Robyn insisted she’s not campaigning against the average sized model, but just wants “inclusivity”.

And the fact that so many models starve themselves to get the body type the modelling industry wants also doesn’t sit well with mother-of-one Robyn, who has health issues herself.

“I have an autoimmune problem so the fact that anyone is starving themselves like that and damaging their bodies in that way, I’m just like, ‘Why? You could really screw yourself up’,” she mused. “And I can’t believe it’s high fashion – I’ve seen girls just about to collapse and everyone’s going ‘You look so good’ and I’m going, ‘She’s dying! Quite clearly she needs to eat something!’”

“It’s just got too extreme. I’ve seen too many girls too frail to even continue this job – some of my girlfriends had to quit because their bodies couldn’t handle it.”

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Robyn Lawley takes aim at ‘beautiful’ people with no personality

Robyn Lawley has insisted that being beautiful alone is not enough.The plus-size model, who found fame as a Sports Illustrated cover girl, and is a vocal advocate for body positivity in the fashion world, has criticised people in the fashion industry w…

Robyn Lawley has insisted that being beautiful alone is not enough.

The plus-size model, who found fame as a Sports Illustrated cover girl, and is a vocal advocate for body positivity in the fashion world, has criticised people in the fashion industry who rely on their looks alone, but have “zero empathy”.

In an interview with Australian publication WHO magazine on Thursday (21Feb19), she insisted that being beautiful alone, is not enough.

“I’ve met a lot of traditionally beautiful people with zero empathy and once you get to know them they start not looking so beautiful,” she said. “Personality changes the game.”

While she didn’t say specifically who she was referring to, Robyn regularly calls out the dark side of the fashion world. Last year, she criticised bosses at Victoria’s Secret for perpetuating the myth that models need to be thin and said that models were “starving themselves” in preparation for the annual catwalk show.

“I know it from the inside out and it is complete bulls**t,” she said in an interview with Australia’s The Daily Telegraph. “All my friends that were doing that show were starving themselves, they weren’t eating and they were exercising four to five hours a day and they are not usually exercise people.”

Ahead of the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Robyn started a petition urging consumers to boycott the company over its alleged lack of body diversity and also appeared in an inclusive lingerie show for plus-size fashion retailer Simply Be, alongside models such as Hayley Hasselhoff, Felicity Hayward and Ashley James.

“(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,” the 29-year-old commented.

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Behati Prinsloo defends Victoria’s Secret amid Fashion Show controversy

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-s…

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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Robyn Lawley alleges Victoria’s Secret models ‘starve’ themselves

Robyn Lawley has alleged her Victoria’s Secret model friends “starve themselves”.The curvy Australian model, a vocal advocate for body positivity in the fashion world, has often expressed her outrage over executives at the U.S. lingerie brand failing t…

Robyn Lawley has alleged her Victoria’s Secret model friends “starve themselves”.

The curvy Australian model, a vocal advocate for body positivity in the fashion world, has often expressed her outrage over executives at the U.S. lingerie brand failing to feature a diverse range of body types in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, with the latest catwalk extravaganza taking place in New York earlier this month (Nov18).

Now, Robyn has criticised bosses at Victoria’s Secret again for seemingly perpetuating myths that models need to be thin and have an athletic silhouette in order to be cast in runway shows.

“I know it from the inside out and it is complete bulls**t,” she said in an interview with Australia’s The Daily Telegraph. “All my friends that were doing that show were starving themselves, they weren’t eating and they were exercising four to five hours a day and they are not usually exercise people.”

Prior to the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Robyn started a petition urging consumers to boycott the company over its alleged lack of body diversity and also appeared in an inclusive lingerie show for plus-size fashion retailer Simply Be, alongside models such as Hayley Hasselhoff, Felicity Hayward, and Ashley James.

Accordingly, the brunette beauty cannot understand why bosses at Victoria’s Secret are not open to embracing models of different shapes and sizes.

“(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,” the 29-year-old commented.

In addition to criticism for failing to keep up with consumer desire for body positive underwear, Ed Razek, chief marketing officer at Victoria’s Secret, came under fire days after the brand’s annual show following comments he made in an interview with U.S. Vogue in which he insisted he had considered casting transgender and plus-sized models in the latest spectacle but decided against doing so because the company “did not market to the whole world”. He later apologised on social media for coming across as “insensitive”.

And while Robyn is “technically too tall to model” at 6ft 2 (1.88m), she is determined to make it her mission to prove that inclusivity is the way of the future.

“I think diversity is a really amazing goal for any fashion brand to aspire to,” she smiled.

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Robyn Lawley leads size inclusive lingerie show

Robyn Lawley has fronted a size inclusive lingerie show for plus-size fashion retailer Simply Be.The Australian star was joined on Tuesday (06Nov18) by models Hayley Hasselhoff, Felicity Hayward and Ashley James, in a show that featured models from U.S…

Robyn Lawley has fronted a size inclusive lingerie show for plus-size fashion retailer Simply Be.

The Australian star was joined on Tuesday (06Nov18) by models Hayley Hasselhoff, Felicity Hayward and Ashley James, in a show that featured models from U.S. sizes 8-20 (U.K. sizes 10-22). Robyn, who recently started a petition urging consumers to boycott Victoria’s Secret over its alleged lack of body diversity, praised Simply Be for its inclusive presentation.

“I started the petition with the help of a few women who have the same sentiments,” she explained in a statement. “I’ve worked with Simply Be over the years and I’ve witnessed them champion women of all shapes and sizes throughout all of their campaigns.”

Ann Steer, Chief Customer Officer at N Brown Group who own Simply Be, said that the We’re All Angels show was intended to “eliminate the idea that we are defined by our bodies.”

“This isn’t about thin shaming – we just think it’s time we saw more diversity in terms of size in advertising campaigns and on runways,” she added.

In addition to her petition, Robyn also encouraged women to share photos of themselves “as you are (not airbrushed and beautiful)” with the #weareallangels hashtag, and pledged to donate one bra to the I Support the Girls non-profit for every woman that posted a picture.

The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is scheduled to take place in New York on Thursday (08Nov), with Angels including Adriana Lima and Behati Prinsloo, as well as Kendall Jenner and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid all taking to the catwalk. Swedish model Elsa Hosk has been chosen to wear this year’s coveted Fantasy Bra.

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Robyn Lawley ‘doesn’t care’ about walking for Victoria’s Secret

Robyn Lawley is adamant that she “doesn’t care” about walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.The model has previously spoken out about her dislike for the U.S. lingerie brand, and is particularly outraged by its reluctance to feature a diverse r…

Robyn Lawley is adamant that she “doesn’t care” about walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

The model has previously spoken out about her dislike for the U.S. lingerie brand, and is particularly outraged by its reluctance to feature a diverse range of body types during its annual catwalk extravaganza.

Robyn was so incensed that she recently started a petition demanding that Victoria’s Secret change its ways, and has now insisted that she has no interest in teaming up with the label professionally.

“I don’t really care either way. I would rather they use some other curvy girls,” she said during an interview on Australian programme The Morning Show. “I’m not doing this for myself, I’m doing this for my daughter’s sake. I could not care less about walking for them, not anymore. But I would love to see some curvy bodies on there.”

Upon announcing her petition, Robyn also took to Instagram to “call for a complete boycott of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”

However, further on in her interview, she insisted that her initiative was nothing personal against the girls walking this year’s runway, with models cast in the show including Winnie Harlow, Leomie Anderson, and Victoria’s Secret veteran Candice Swanepoel.

“I am sick and tired of seeing the same body type. I’m not asking (people) to boycott the girls, I just want diversity to be added. I want inclusivity, (to) include a few other sizes,” the 29-year-old explained.

The Australian fashion star reasoned that including a range of body types would be a surefire way to improve body confidence and self-love in women around the world, and also shared that she had once previously auditioned for a role in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and found it to be a negative experience.

“I felt very heavily criticised for my body back then,” she complained.

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Robyn Lawley is boycotting Victoria’s Secret

Robyn Lawley has called for a Victoria’s Secret boycott until the lingerie giant becomes more size inclusive.The Australian model, who stands at 6′ 2″ and wears a U.S. size 12, has made no secret about her disdain for the American company, which is…

Robyn Lawley has called for a Victoria’s Secret boycott until the lingerie giant becomes more size inclusive.

The Australian model, who stands at 6′ 2″ and wears a U.S. size 12, has made no secret about her disdain for the American company, which is gearing up for its annual Fashion Show later this year.

But she’s now taken her anger over the lack of size diversity to the next level by starting an online petition calling for Victoria’s Secret to add bigger models to its catwalk line-up.

“I have started an online petition -link in bio,” Robyn wrote on Instagram next to a photo of her and her three-year-old daughter Ripley. “JOIN ME and lets help change the minds of Victoria’s Secret to be more diverse and inclusive of body shapes and sizes on their runways! Victoria Secret have dominated the space for almost 30 years by telling women there is only one kind of body beautiful.

“Until Victoria’s Secret commits to representing ALL women on stage, I am calling for a complete boycott of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”

Robyn further explains her reasons on the Change.org petition, explaining that having Ripley has spurred on her desire to change the way women’s bodies are viewed.

Calling on women to get behind the idea, she asks them to first sign her petition and then spread the word by telling friends and family and posting online.

“Share a photo of yourself on Instagram, as you are (not airbrushed and beautiful), use the hashtag #weareallangels to share what makes you uniquely beautiful, please tag me so I can see (@robynlawley) and @ThirdLove,” she said.

“For every person who shares a post with the #weareallangels hashtag, ThirdLove will donate one bra to I Support the Girls, a national non-profit that collects and distributes bras to homeless women and girls around the country!!!”

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Robyn Lawley slams Victoria’s Secret over lack of curvy models

Robyn Lawley has criticised Victoria’s Secret for not hiring any plus-size models.An association with the American lingerie brand has helped stars such as Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge and Sara Sampaio become some of the most sought-after names in t…

Robyn Lawley has criticised Victoria’s Secret for not hiring any plus-size models.

An association with the American lingerie brand has helped stars such as Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge and Sara Sampaio become some of the most sought-after names in the business, and as a result, walking in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is considered a career goal by many of today’s models.

However, plus-size model Robyn is not a fan of the label, believing that it excludes “curvy girls”.

“I hate Victoria’s Secret,” the 29-year-old commented in an interview with Australian current affairs programme The Sunday Project, which aired on Sunday night (09Sep18). “If they don’t use a curvy girl (in the show) this year, I’d be shocked. And if they don’t, just don’t buy their stuff.”

On Friday, it was announced that Winnie Harlow would be walking in the fashion show for the first time, while the likes of Barbara Palvin, Leomie Anderson and Devon Windsor would be returning to the prestigious catwalk later this year.

Though Victoria’s Secret bosses have yet to confirm any “curvy” models for the spectacle, Robyn is encouraged to see that many other brands are embracing a more diverse line-up.

“I think the fashion world has to wake up. And I think they are, very slowly,” said the star, who was the first plus-size model to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

She also admitted that she often feels insecure after seeing images of perfect-looking women on social media, and opened up regarding her decision not to have corrective surgery on the facial scar she suffered after falling down a staircase in her New York home.

“I was like if the fashion world doesn’t accept me back, I’ll focus on bigger more important things,” Robyn affirmed.

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Robyn Lawley embracing ‘Harry Potter scar’

Australian model Robyn Lawley refuses to undergo laser surgery to erase the “Harry Potter scar” she received after falling down a staircase. The curvy beauty, who has fronted campaigns for plus-size brands such as Lane Bryant and Marina Rinaldi, as we…

Australian model Robyn Lawley refuses to undergo laser surgery to erase the “Harry Potter scar” she received after falling down a staircase.

The curvy beauty, who has fronted campaigns for plus-size brands such as Lane Bryant and Marina Rinaldi, as well as appearing in photoshoots for Ralph Lauren and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, was hospitalised earlier this year (18) after suffering a seizure related to her battle with autoimmune disease lupus.

Robyn lost consciousness during the health scare, causing her to tumble down the stairs at her home, and she woke up hours later in a hospital bed, with multiple facial scars.

She only went public with the news of the accident in mid-August (18), two months after the terrifying fall, and although she was grateful her injuries weren’t more serious, she has now confessed she was having mixed feelings about the permanent marks on her face.

Robyn has since learned laser surgery would fix the “lightning bolt” forehead scar, but it’s so similar to the one fictional boy wizard Harry Potter has, she is now more than happy to keep it.

She also admits the magical likeness is quite the coincidence, considering the nickname her loved ones had previously given her.

“I can’t get rid of it ’cause it’s a lightning bolt…,” she told breakfast show Today. “I’m too much of a fan to get rid of it and it’s too much of a weird spot to have it happen. My nickname before the fall was actually ‘Wizard’ already, so I had to keep it!”

Discussing the thought of cosmetic surgery, she explained, “I have no desire, I feel like scars say a story and tell who we are. I’ve always embraced my stretch marks and marks on my stomach and hips and body, and I felt like, ‘Why should I have to get rid of them? Who’s it gonna appease?’ and I actually like it. How often do you get a Harry Potter scar?”

Robyn also revealed she found it ironic that the “fluke accident” happened on the same day she and her partner Everest Schmidt were due to enjoy a night off from parenting their three-year-old daughter Ripley.

“It was actually the day that me and my partner (sic) had planned a date, ironically,” she said. “That’s new parents for you!”

The model’s seizure was just the second she’s ever experienced since she was diagnosed with lupus three years ago, but it’s prompted her to overhaul her diet in a bid to combat the side-effects of the illness.

“I’m adopting a much more plant-based diet and any anti-inflammatory (foods) because I do believe that food can heal a lot more than people think,” she continued. “So as much food as I can eat, as much vegetables I can eat, I will be eating!”

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