Ali Tate Cutler becomes Victoria Secret’s first plus-size model

Ali Tate Cutler has become the first plus-size model in Victoria’s Secret history.The U.S. size 14 model was hired to front the brand’s new racy collaboration with British lingerie line Bluebella, which features garter belts, bodysuits, thongs, and bra…

Ali Tate Cutler has become the first plus-size model in Victoria’s Secret history.

The U.S. size 14 model was hired to front the brand’s new racy collaboration with British lingerie line Bluebella, which features garter belts, bodysuits, thongs, and bras.

Speaking to E! News, she revealed that she wants her groundbreaking modelling gig to enable young girls to feel empowered and self-confident, whatever their size.

“I am most excited about the fact that a young girl is going to walk into Victoria’s Secret who maybe looks like me and see a picture of me on the wall and be like, ‘Oh dang, she’s beautiful and she’s my size and don’t need to change my size to be beautiful.’ That’s my biggest dream regarding this partnership,” Cutler shared.

However, she is worried about negative comments about her appearance in the ad campaign.

“My biggest worry would be that it’s not received well. Receiving hate for my size… That people will respond negativity to women of bigger body types on these huge brand like Victoria’s Secret. That’s a worry, but not a huge worry,” she candidly explained.

Cutler said the experience so far, including the launch of the Bluebella for Victoria’s Secret collection at the brand’s flagship store in New York, has been “surreal”.

“It feels amazing, I feel on top of the world…. I never expected that I was going to see an image of myself on the wall next to these top super models that I have been looking up to since I was a little girl,” Cutler gushed.

In recent years, Victoria’s Secret has come under fire for the lack of inclusivity in the models they hire. They have begun making small strides towards greater representation, having hired the brand’s first transgender model, Valentina Sampaio, to promote the VS Pink line in August.

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Valentina Sampaio hopes Victoria’s Secret role is step towards more inclusivity

Transgender model Valentina Sampaio hopes her new role with Victoria’s Secret is a step towards more inclusivity in the fashion industry.The Brazilian star hit headlines last week when it was revealed she had become the first openly transgender model t…

Transgender model Valentina Sampaio hopes her new role with Victoria’s Secret is a step towards more inclusivity in the fashion industry.

The Brazilian star hit headlines last week when it was revealed she had become the first openly transgender model to work with the lingerie brand in its 42-year history.  

In a new interview with Vogue, Sampaio said she’s “happy and proud” to have landed the gig for the VS Pink line and hopes it is a step in the right direction towards more acceptance in the business.  

“Being appointed the first transgender model for the brand is a hugely important moment not only for myself but (for) my community and beyond,” she said. “I hope (this can) be a huge step toward more inclusivity and representation for everybody.  

“My dream (now) is to live in a world where representation is celebrated… I believe brands are beginning to see the value of inclusiveness, but there is a lot more work to do in our industry, culture, and society. I truly hope to be able to work with more brands that understand the importance of this.” 

Sampaio first rose to prominence when she was tapped for the March 2017 cover of Vogue Paris, becoming the first transgender model to grace the front of any Vogue magazine. She has since worked for the likes of L’Oreal, Dior, H&M, and Marc Jacobs. 

Accordingly, the model hopes to use her visibility and platform “to try to change the status quo” and is looking forward to a future where it won’t be deemed newsworthy for transgender stars to be on magazines or work with fashion brands.   

“Imagine a world where it is not news that a transgender model has been appointed by a fashion brand,” the 22-year-old continued. “Wouldn’t that be amazing?! Because it would mean that it is normal, and it is happening all the time. I want to see this across all communities. Ultimately, I want to live in a world with more respect for every kind of human being.” 

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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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