Controversial Victoria’s Secret boss Ed Razek steps down

Controversial Victoria’s Secret executive Ed Razek is leaving the company as rumours continue to swirl about the status of the 2019 show.Razek, the chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, L Brands, announced he was retiring from …

Controversial Victoria’s Secret executive Ed Razek is leaving the company as rumours continue to swirl about the status of the 2019 show.

Razek, the chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, L Brands, announced he was retiring from the role in an internal memo sent to employees by L Brands chairman and chief executive Les Wexner on Monday.

In the memo, cited by publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, Razek wrote, “A few weeks ago, I shared with Les my desire to retire sometime around mid August. It was a tough conversation to have because, as some of you must know, we have shared so much together for so many years, including a deep love of this business. Still, it’s time.”

The 71-year-old, who joined the company in 1983, caused controversy last year when he said in an interview with Vogue.com that there was no place for transgender models in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

“Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy,” Razek stated, and later apologised for his “insensitive” remarks.

He said later in the interview that he had considered casting plus-sized models in the annual fashion spectacle but decided against doing so because the company “did not market to the whole world”.

News of his departure comes just one day after Valentina Sampaio became the first transgender model to represent the company – she will be working with the lingerie brand’s athletic line, VS Pink.

And last week, Victoria’s Secret Angel Shanina Shaik claimed the annual fashion event had been cancelled for 2019.

“I’m sure they’re trying to work on branding and new ways to do the show because it’s the best show in the world,” the 28-year-old told Australia’s The Daily Telegraph.

Her comments are yet to be confirmed or denied.

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Valentina Sampaio becomes first transgender model to work for Victoria’s Secret

Valentina Sampaio has made history by becoming the first-ever transgender model to work for Victoria’s Secret.The Brazilian star posted a picture of herself on Instagram at a photoshoot for the lingerie firm on Thursday, which prompted pal Lais Ribiero…

Valentina Sampaio has made history by becoming the first-ever transgender model to work for Victoria’s Secret.

The Brazilian star posted a picture of herself on Instagram at a photoshoot for the lingerie firm on Thursday, which prompted pal Lais Ribiero to later gush about the feat.

“First transgender to shoot with Vs! This make me so happy!” she tweeted, adding a heart emoji.

Valentina responded by posting a video from the shoot, adding the caption: “Never stop dreaming…”

The posts quickly caught the attention of a number of Sampaio’s 190,000 followers, including Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge who commented, “Stunning,” along with a string of pink heart emojis, while Orange Is the New Black actress and fellow transgender celebrity Laverne Cox wrote, “Wow finally!”

Previously, Sampaio has landed modelling gigs for the likes of L’Oreal Paris, Marc Jacobs Beauty, and Levi’s. While in March 2017, the 22-year-old became the first transgender model to pose for any edition of Vogue, when she appeared on the cover of Vogue Paris.

The news comes following a recent claim from Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik that the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been cancelled, after initial reports that the spectacle would not be televised.

Additionally, the company’s chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, came under fire in the wake of the label’s annual show last year, after telling reporters at U.S. Vogue that he decided against casting transgender models in the 2018 presentation because the brand “did not market to the whole world”. He later apologised on social media for coming across as “insensitive”.

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Shanina Shaik claims 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been cancelled

Shanina Shaik has claimed the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been cancelled for 2019. The model, who has walked in the spectacle five times, dropped the bombshell during an interview with Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, in which she compla…

Shanina Shaik has claimed the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been cancelled for 2019.

The model, who has walked in the spectacle five times, dropped the bombshell during an interview with Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, in which she complained about the gap in her busy work schedule.

“Unfortunately, the Victoria’s Secret show won’t be happening this year,” Shaik said. “It’s something I’m not used to because every year around this time I’m training like an Angel. But I’m sure in the future something will happen, which I’m pretty sure about.”

She went on to explain that the prestigious fashion event, which has featured the likes of models Lily Aldridge, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, and Barbara Palvin, is looking to rebrand.

“I’m sure they’re trying to work on branding and new ways to do the show because it’s the best show in the world,” the 28-year-old added.

Shaik made her debut for Victoria’s Secret back in 2011 and appeared annually on the catwalk before taking a two-year break. She returned to the runway for the 2018 event held in New York City.

The news of the apparent cancellation comes after it was revealed that the show – which has featured musical performances from artists including Rihanna, The Weeknd, Kanye West and Maroon 5 – may not be broadcast on TV in the U.S.

Back in May, editors at CNBC reported that Victoria’s Secret bosses didn’t think television wasn’t the “right fit” for the annual presentation, and instead may stream it online.

According to the outlet, last year’s lingerie extravaganza had the worst ratings in its broadcast history.

A spokesperson for Victoria’s Secret has not yet responded to Shaik’s comments.

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Irina Shayk and Adriana Lima dazzle on cover of Vogue Spain

Irina Shayk and Adriana Lima have been tapped to star on the cover of Vogue Spain.The two models were shot by famed photographers Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi for the August 2019 issue of the fashion publication, with the image showing them both gazing…

Irina Shayk and Adriana Lima have been tapped to star on the cover of Vogue Spain.

The two models were shot by famed photographers Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi for the August 2019 issue of the fashion publication, with the image showing them both gazing directly at the camera while sporting matching black outfits and slicks of red lipstick.

Russian star Irina uploaded a copy of the cover image to her Instagram page, and gushed over the photoshoot with her pal.

“When women come together and empower each other… magic happens. Sisterhood and synergy on the cover of @voguespain with my sister @adrianalima. Thank u to my amazing friends @luigiandiango for capturing and empowering us that day (sic),” the 33-year-old captioned the snap.

Fashion Director of Vogue Spain, Juance Brian, oversaw the photoshoot, while Luigi Murenu was in charge of hair, and Georgi Sandev did the make-up.

And former Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana, 38, was equally thrilled with the result.

“@irinashayk babe us together in a cover is a dream…. u are killing it…. so proud…. can’t wait to see more pics of u (sic),” the Brazilian beauty added.

Accordingly, the gorgeous image garnered a lot of attention from Irina and Adriana’s fellow models, with Naomi Campbell posting two heart emojis, Shanina Shaik writing, “My loves!!! My babies, ️ my queens,” and Stella Maxwell posting, “Wowowowowowww.”

Doutzen Kroes, Carolyn Murphy, Petra Nemcova, and Anna Dello Russo also praised the photoshoot.

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Shanina Shaik partners with clothing label Johansen on capsule line

Shanina Shaik has created a capsule collection for Australian fashion label Johansen.The Australian model continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Philipp Plein, an…

Shanina Shaik has created a capsule collection for Australian fashion label Johansen.

The Australian model continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Philipp Plein, and Alberta Ferretti.

Now, Shanina is putting her design knowledge to work for a collaboration with Johansen, the brand founded by Jessica Johansen Bell in 2015.

“I’m excited to announce my exclusive collaboration with @johansenofficial !!” she wrote on her Instagram page. “I’ve created four pieces in two colour ways that are a necessity for your closet. You can wear every outfit from day to night. Have a look at my Instagram stories to see what pieces works for you.”

The Johansen x Shanina line includes a silky slip dress available in black and pearl colours, and the Breeze Set, a matching short and shirt set made from 100 per cent cotton that can be worn together or separately.

In the accompanying campaign imagery, Shanina is seen posing in the outfits while standing against a stone wall, and while reclining on a concrete staircase.

Jessica takes inspiration from tropical beaches and quiet countryside villages when designing, with her key pieces including cotton dresses in a muted colour palette, slip dresses, white linen shorts, and off-the-shoulder tops. But the designer received a real boost back in 2018 when Kylie Jenner posted a snap on social media wearing The Cha dress, which features an adjustable elastic top.

The Johansen x Shanina collection will go on sale on 20 July. Prices have not yet been announced.

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Shanina Shaik’s estranged husband DJ Ruckus addresses split

Shanina Shaik’s estranged husband DJ Ruckus has opened up about their split for the first time.The Victoria’s Secret beauty wed Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, in April 2018 on Lenny Kravitz’s private island in The Bahamas, where they had become eng…

Shanina Shaik’s estranged husband DJ Ruckus has opened up about their split for the first time.

The Victoria’s Secret beauty wed Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, in April 2018 on Lenny Kravitz’s private island in The Bahamas, where they had become engaged in 2015, but last month, the couple announced it was parting ways.

However, it seems the pair remain on good terms, with Ruckus paying a gushing tribute to his former spouse in a lengthy message on his Instagram page on Sunday.

“Where do I even start? I’m sorry to everyone in the world that was rooting for our love, or believed in love themselves more because of how great our love looked from there (sic) point of view,” he began. “May I ask you all don’t stop believing. To all of the people in the world that are going through tough times stay strong! This is the hardest thing I have dealt with in my life emotionally. Yet I remind myself the life I live and so many others in my circle, is so far beyond… blessed it’s hard to cry about anything. Shanina is the greatest love I have ever known, she has made me a better man, and shown me what it feels like to be safely guarded respected and supported by a real woman.”

Thanking the universe for “aligning our short time together” and Shanina’s parents for their support, Ruckus continued to tell fans that while the pair seemed perfect from the outside, it was a different story away from the camera.

“I would have never guessed us to end,” the 35-year-old mused. “I hoped we could beat all the odds against us – the careers, the travel, the cultural differences. I would like the world to know nothing traumatic happened we just aren’t compatible the way we need to be to maintain a marriage. We are not happy together as it seemed in pictures and interviews. We tried hard! We had beautiful timez (sic)!! Just because life is blessed does not mean everything works and or is easy! I pray we grow and achieve all of what we want in life. Your (sic) THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN ON THIS PLANET DON’T EVER FORGET IT AND GO GET ALL OF WHAT YOU DESERVE!!!”

Shanina, 28, filed divorce papers in Los Angeles County Court last week. She has not yet responded to the post.

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Shanina Shaik files for divorce

Shanina Shaik has filed for divorce following her split from DJ Ruckus. The Australian model wed Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, in April 2018 on Lenny Kravitz’s private island in The Bahamas, where they had become engaged in 2015. But last month, …

Shanina Shaik has filed for divorce following her split from DJ Ruckus.

The Australian model wed Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, in April 2018 on Lenny Kravitz’s private island in The Bahamas, where they had become engaged in 2015. But last month, the couple announced it was parting ways.

Now, Shaik has moved to legally end the short-lived marriage, filing papers in Los Angeles County Court on Tuesday, according to editors at TMZ.

The exes don’t have any children together.

Further details about her divorce requests have yet to be revealed, but the 28-year-old appears to be staying positive about her future.

She shared a photo of herself posing in the sun in a social media post on Wednesday, and captioned it, “difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations,” adding a number of flower and heart emojis.

Announcing their break-up in June, a representative for the pair said, “After careful thought and consideration, Shanina Shaik and (Ruckus) have decided to separate.

“They move forward with much mutual respect and love for each other and ask to please respect their privacy during this time.”

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Shanina Shaik uses luxury bamboo brush to blend her make-up

Shanina Shaik swears a luxury bamboo brush is the secret to achieving flawless make-up.The Australian model continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Philipp…

Shanina Shaik swears a luxury bamboo brush is the secret to achieving flawless make-up.

The Australian model continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Philipp Plein, and Alberta Ferretti.

Now, Shanina has divulged some of her best beauty tips in a tutorial for Vogue.com, including the way she uses a special blending tool.

“This brush, I love. It’s a bamboo brush and it’s by my favourite make-up artist, one of my favourites, Rae Morris. And she created these brushes,” she said, demonstrating how she uses the tool – which is priced from $102.95 (£78.30) – to work in her Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer and a few drops of foundation into her complexion.

“She actually went to Japan and had these done, and what I love about it is (that) it’s a blender, so it gets every nook and cranny on your face. I actually don’t use a beauty blender, I use this.”

Shanina is a fan of Rae Morris’ Invisible Mattifier and Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter foundation too, and always carries several different shades of concealer in her cosmetics kit because her “skin colour changes all the time”.

The brunette star will dot the product to conceal blemishes or undereye circles as well, admitting she has learned to care for her skin after suffering breakouts as a teenager.

“My mum and my grandmother have really good skin. But I witnessed by grandmother moisturising her skin day and night without fail, so I pretty much copied her, thought it was good. When I was a teenager, I had really oily skin. So, my skin was breaking out so much,” the 28-year-old recalled. “It was really bad, and I was modelling and it didn’t help my self-esteem with bad skin. I think that’s why I love learning about the skin and skincare regimes.

“You can map your skin. I’m breaking out here (lower cheeks), that means it’s hormonal breakouts, so you know what time of the month it is for me. And then here (forehead) is where you’ve been eating a lot or maybe alcohol and diet.”

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Shanina Shaik and husband DJ Ruckus split

Model Shanina Shaik has split from her husband DJ Ruckus after just over a year of marriage.The Victoria’s Secret beauty wed the music star in April 2018 on a private island in The Bahamas belonging to Lenny Kravitz. However, 14 months later, the coupl…

Model Shanina Shaik has split from her husband DJ Ruckus after just over a year of marriage.

The Victoria’s Secret beauty wed the music star in April 2018 on a private island in The Bahamas belonging to Lenny Kravitz. However, 14 months later, the couple’s union has come to an end.

“After careful thought and consideration, Shanina Shaik and (Ruckus) have decided to separate,” a representative told E! News. “They move forward with much mutual respect and love for each other, and ask to please respect their privacy during this time.”

According to reports, things “began to go awry” for the pair back in March (19), with their busy schedules making it hard for them to spend time together.

“They haven’t really been together for a while,” the insider added. “They’re really being pulled in different directions.”

Despite their split, the former couple are said to be on good terms, with the divorce “expected to be a smooth one”, according to the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six.

News of the split comes just two months after Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, praised his wife for her stunning Maxim magazine cover shoot.

Sharing a snap of the cover on Instagram in April, Shanina wrote: A dream come true!! YOUR MAY/JUNE COVERGIRL FOR @maximmag PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE AMAZING @gilles_bensimon out on magazine stands now xx.”

In response to the gorgeous shot, Ruckus replied: “Get em baby! GET EMMMM!!!”

And just a month earlier, Shanina had admitted she was looking forward to having children with her other half, saying in an interview: “I’m thinking about a family and when to settle down.”

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Jada Pinkett Smith pays tribute to Genie with blue outfit at Aladdin premiere

Jada Pinkett Smith has paid homage to the Genie by wearing a blue outfit to the Los Angeles premiere of Aladdin.The actress stepped out at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday night to support her husband Will Smith, who plays the famously br…

Jada Pinkett Smith has paid homage to the Genie by wearing a blue outfit to the Los Angeles premiere of Aladdin.

The actress stepped out at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday night to support her husband Will Smith, who plays the famously bright blue wish-granting character in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic, which also stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.

As she walked the purple carpet, Jada stopped to pose up a storm for photographers, and showed off her outfit, which consisted of cobalt blue satin trousers and a matching crop top dotted with silver beads and sequins.

Taking to Instagram, the star uploaded a snap of herself in the ensemble, along with the caption, “Arabian Nights,” and a blue heart emoji. She did not share details about the designer of her look. However, fans were quick to praise the 47-year-old for committing to the theme of the event.

One follower commented, “We can’t take anymore! The slay is overwhelming!” while another added, “Saaa- Moking!!!!!”

Meanwhile, Will opted for a black and silver suit for the premiere, while the 50-year-old actor’s children, Trey, 26, Jaden, 20, and 18-year-old Willow, also stood by him for the bash.

Other stars to make a sartorial splash included Naomi, who chose a gorgeous baby pink Brandon Maxwell gown, and Mena, who rocked a tweed suit from Givenchy.

New Girl actress Nasim Pedrad, who portrays Dalia in Aladdin, looked lovely in a black lace dress, and Jafar actor Marwan Kenzari sported a classic tuxedo.

Director Guy Ritchie turned up with his wife Jacqui Ainsley, while other celebrities in attendance included Shanina Shaik, Darren Criss, Helen Mirren, Terry Crews and Christina Milian.

Aladdin hits cinemas around the world from Wednesday.

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