Cancel culture has struck again, this time taking out the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Since 1995, the angels have hit the runway for the special which always aired on television sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But no more.
Citing financial reasons, the company pulled the plug on the annual tradition, although most think it’s because of backlash against the former CEO’s recent comments about how plus sized models and trans models are not welcome.
Shanina Shaik, a regular on the catwalk, leaked the news to Daily Telegraph months ago, telling them, “Unfortunately the Victoria’s Secret show won’t be happening this year,” she said. “It’s something I’m not used to because every year around this time I’m training like an Angel.”
Another high profile model, Karlie Kloss, quit the brand as well, citing “feminism” for her departure.
“The reason I decided to stop working with Victoria’s Secret was I didn’t feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful,” Kloss told British Vogue. “I think that was a pivotal moment in me stepping into my power as a feminist, being able to make my own choices and my own narrative, whether through the companies I choose to work with, or through the image I put out to the world.”
Interestingly, the PINK line of the company posted a plus size model in their new active wear campaign and are getting lots of love on Facebook for the move.