A Transsexual Victoria’s Secret model? No thanks, I prefer my girls girly

Models from left: Taylor Hill, Jasmine Tookes, Elsa Hosk, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, and Candice Swanepoel walk the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York. Photo credit: Evan Agostini AP

It looks like someone needs to read Whaleoil a little more. After all, Explaining is Losing, it’s all here in the Whaleoil Dictionary.

A little story in Stuff piqued my interest the other day. Possibly just because it had the words Victoria’s Secret in it, but just as likely because it said some company executive was apologising for something. Here we go again I thought, what terrible non-event has happened now to cause an apology? Quote.

Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer is apologising after he made comments explaining why transgender models shouldn’t be cast in the lingerie company’s annual fashion show.

In an interview with Vogue Thursday, Ed Razek said he didn’t think the show should include “transsexuals” because “the show is a fantasy”.

“If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have,” he added.

“We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes (in 2000). No one had any interest in it, still don’t.” End quote.

Typical, a businessman gets asked a pointed question and when he replies honestly, he gets bagged for it. But then to make matters worse, he goes and jumps onto Twitter and says how sorry he is and how much he admires them! Thing is though, I reckon this just makes him look weak.

In a statement shared to the company’s Twitter Saturday, the exec apologised for his comments, writing that they?quote.

“came across as offensive”.

“To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model in our show. We’ve had transgender models come to castings … And like many others, they didn’t make it,” the statement read.

“But it was never about gender. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are.” End quote.

The way I see it though, as a genuine male with a normal healthy interest in hot looking ladies in lingerie, if I were attending one of these shows and was thinking ‘Cor blimey, that is one mighty fine looking lady, and that little outfit she is wearing looks stunning on her, maybe I should buy a set for the missus’, but then found out that it wasn’t a lovely looking lady but a bloke in a bra, I would very likely feel a little creeped out. And I probably wouldn’t buy the knickers etc. at all.

And this is what it is all about at the end of the day; making money.

Victoria’s Secret is a well-established brand. They make a lot of people a decent living by selling a lot of undies. Surely it must always be up to the company concerned to market their wares how they like?

If their whole point of being is to parade sexy looking ladies around in not very much, so they can then sell lots of that ‘not very much’ to a bunch of ladies who would like to look just like the models, then surely they have the right to do so?

Unfortunately, the fashion industry has been getting it in the neck a bit lately about these kinds of issues. One particular ‘Plus Sized Model’, Robyn Lawley, has been on a concerted campaign to force companies like Victoria’s Secret to include more of the cuddly girls in their shows, by encouraging people to boycott the company. A good way to ensure you will never work for them I would imagine.

Big girls deserve wings too! Robyn Lawler, the tall one, campaigning against Victoria’s Secret recently. Photo credit: Nils Jorgensen/REX/Shutterstock

But I’m only a dumb bloke, what do I know? So I carried out some extensive research by asking my ex-fashion industry wife if seeing a Trannie modelling at a VS show would bother her.

She wasn’t really too concerned but thought that maybe if said model was clearly quite blokey, she might feel a little ‘weirded out’. But her main concern was that the Trans model would probably have a better body than hers and that would be much more confronting!

I also asked a 40-year-old female friend of mine how she might feel. She wasn’t really sure how she would feel about it but said that she probably wouldn’t really care. She mentioned that a 25-year-old nowadays probably wouldn’t think twice about it as they have been brought up to see all this as more normal – an interesting point of view I thought.

Then I asked her if she would still buy the knickers that the Trans model was showing. “Oh hell no!” She said.?”There’s no way I would buy anything that one of them would wear!” So perhaps poor Mr Razek knows his market after all?

Now if only we can get people to stop whimpering off to Twitter with their fake heartfelt apologies every time someone says they are naughty people, we could all move forward.

It’s not as if the Offenderati see his feeble apology and go ‘Oh look, that lovely Mr Razek apologised, he’s clearly repented so he must be a good guy now, let’s go and buy some undies’!