Is The 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Cancelled?

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Hold onto your wings angels, rumor has it that this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is canceled. The show that’s watched my millions around the globe every year since 1995 is apparently not gone for good — but simply taking a break this year. After some controversy surrounding the mega-brand and their annual fashion show, it’s hard to not speculate what the reason for this “break” really is.

Five-time Victoria’s Secret Fashion show veteran, Shanina Shaik said that the show has been canceled this year so that Victoria’s Secret can “re-brand” itself. “They’re trying to work on branding and new ways to do the show,” said Shaik. Clearly saddened by the news she continued, “It’s something I’m not used to because every year around this time I’m training like an Angel. It’s the best show in the world.”

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Back in May, CNBC reported that a memo was sent out to all Victoria’s Secret employees that read, “Fashion is a business of change. We must evolve and change to grow. With that in mind, we have decided to re-think the traditional Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In 2019 and beyond, we’re focusing on developing exciting and dynamic content and a kind of event — delivered to our customers on platforms that she’s glued to…and in ways that will push the boundaries in the global digital age.” The memo was sent to all employees by Les Wexler, the CEO of L Brands, which is the parent company of Victoria’s Secret.

This news comes after another L Brands executive, Ed Razek sparked outrage when he stated that Victoria’s Secret would not consider including trans or curvy models in their 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. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special,” he said. Razek was quick to apologize and retract his statement saying, ““To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show. We’ve had transgender models come to castings… And like many others, they didn’t make it…But it was never about gender. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are.”

Many were quick to criticize Razek’s words, including transgender Instagram influencer, Nikita Dragun.

The show is something that’s anticipated by millions each year, so it’ll be interesting to see how canceling it affects the company. It’ll also be interesting to see what the company will do with this “break”, and whether that break means major change is coming to the company or not.

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