Halsey scolded Victoria’s Secret on Sunday, the same day the lingerie giant’s annual fashion show aired on ABC.
The 24-year-old singer, who performed at this year’s festivities, criticized the brand over its “lack of inclusivity” in a lengthy note posted to Instagram.
“I have adored the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since I was young,” Halsey began. “Performing this year alongside other amazing artists and hard working models/friends was supposed to be the best night of my year. However, after I filmed the performance, some comments were made regarding the show that I simply cannot ignore.”
In an interview with Vogue, published last month, the fashion show’s “architects,” Ed Razek and Monica Mitro, were asked if they would consider adding plus-size or transgender models to the show. Razek said, “It’s like, why doesn’t your show do this? 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. That’s what it is. It is the only one of its kind in the world, and any other fashion brand in the world would take it in a minute, including the competitors that are carping at us.”
Razek ultimately apologized and Victoria’s Secret CEO Jan Singer resigned in November amid sagging sales.
Halsey, who previously opened up about her bisexuality, added, “As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not one motivated by a stereotype.”
She continued, “If you’re on my page because you watched my performance tonight, please allow me to instead direct your attention to GLSEN: An organization that offers services amid at protecting LGBTQ+ youth, and with respect to those youth targeted by these comments in a world where they have been made to feel ‘other,’ I have made a sizeable donation in their honor.”
The pop star concluded her post, writing,” If you are a trans person reading this, and these comments have made you feel alienated or invalidated please know that you have allies. We stand in solidarity, and complete and total acceptance is the only ‘fantasy’ that I support …”
Halsey isn’t the only one taking a stand against Victoria’s Secret. Plus-size models staged a response to the fashion show with a catwalk of their own in Times Square.
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