Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer is apologizing 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.
In a statement shared to the company’s Twitter Saturday, the exec apologized for his comments, writing they “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.”
This year’s annual show happened in New York City on Thursday and included models Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk, Candice Swanepoel and more.