(above pics of me taken 10-8-2016 DT East Miniapple in my ‘hood)
I know this is going to be shocking to Victoria’s Secret and L Brands management, but most of us larger women had ALREADY known that Victoria’s Secret doesn’t love heavier women.
I just don’t know why Ed Razek , their CMO actually had to be so cavalier in admitting, specifically, in addition to calling out transwomen or what I just prefer to call them, women(which he did end up rightfully apologizing to them), I guess us fatties are going to waiting awhile.
Above VS Angel tickertape oversized hoodie (in a size XL) that I’m wearing in picture, when I bought it online in 2016, at the age of 45 1/2 and truthfully it’s nothing short of a miracle it fit me and I was a size 12 on average (I’m much larger now, that though will be a topic of another blog) and nothing else at the time, from VS would have.
I’ve always been fond though of their fragrances at both Victoria’s Secret AND Bath and Body Works.
I’ve always joked around that if I couldn’t be a Victoria’s Secret Angel, I could at least smell like one.
I’ve also less funny, privately have said, that Victoria’s Secret would have Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson prance down that runway before he’d let the gorgeous Ashley Graham, do so.
I think all body shaming is despicable, whether someone falls on the smaller or larger side of the spectrum.
And in my case, super relatable, where in the last 14 years I’ve been anywhere from a misses XS to a women’s 4x.
Other true body diversity activists like myself will call any kind of body shaming, including thin shaming, no one needs a CMO of huge organization to distract from hurtful rationales that he is spewing, of talking about his models being body shamed for being thinner, to excuse his disgust for those of us who are on the larger side.
The only thing is where I would NEVER call out for a boycott for any kind of conglomerate, is that I’ve been to the VS stores in Mall of America and other local suburbs and they ACTUALLY employ plus size women.
It’s one thing to not empower those women with not making clothing in their size, but to say it in the way he did, is inexcusable, especially given the fact the thought to apologize to one population of people but another, weren’t worthy of one.
As he owed an apology to all women, actually to anyone who buys anything from VS, who could be offended with horrible rhetoric, PERIOD!!!
I’m NOT though, throwing out the cute hoodie or all the stuff I love that I’ve bought at B&BW over the last few years.
But, I personally am not spending another dime in an L Brand owned store, either.
It’s too bad, as I have in the last few years been watching the VSFS and I love the music that I’ve found due to the shows and some of the segments were really beautiful, as far as models and outfits.
It’s one thing to just cater a store to a certain population of people, that most of us have always understood, that.
But once you shame a population who could still shop at the store for things that are not restricted to size, well the shame ain’t on us.
It’s on you L Brands and your executive marketing team, who should’ve answered that question way less hurtfully, not just for your customers, but for your actual employees.
Regardless of age, weight or gender identification…
Note: Anything that could be hurtful to ANY population of people, will NOT be published. So save and spare me (and everyone else) your hate. Thanks!!!