American singer, songwriter and actress, Halsey has come out criticising fashion brand Victoria’s Secret for its transphobic controversy following performing at their annual fashion show.
Halsey’s (Ashley Nicolette Frangipane) criticism of Victoria’s Secret referenced comments made by Victoria’s Secret’s parent company L Brands, chief marketing officer, Ed Razek who commented on the diversity among the underwear label’s models in a November interview with Vogue.
“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. So it’s like, why don’t you do 50? Why don’t you do 60? Why don’t you do 24? 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,” Razek said at the time.
Razek, who soon apologised for the comments after facing global criticism described his comments as “insensitive” however, Halsey took to Instagram to add here thoughts and clarified that Razek’s comments were made after the show in which she performed in was filmed.
“I have adored the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since I was young,” Haley writes.
“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.”
“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity.”
“Especially not one motivated by stereotype,” she added.
“If you’re on my page because you watched my performance tonight, please allow me instead to direct your attention to GLSEN: An organization that offers services aimed 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.”
“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.”