Ed Razek, the Chief Marketing Officer at Victoria’s Secret, who last year claimed that “transsexual” models should not be cast “because the show is a fantasy” has resigned days after the lingerie brand hired its first openly transgender model.
Valentina Sampaio is a 22 years old Brazilian model shared a picture of herself on Instagram and announced that she was taking part in a shoot for the Pink Line.
This news come from L Brands, Victoria’s Secret parent company that Ed Razek is going to retire by the end of this month. “”With the exception of Les Wexner, I have been with L brands longer than anyone. I have loved every minute of it and every one of you. I have appreciated your partnership, your energy, your teamwork and your enthusiasm. You are every one of you, a joy to work with and a joy to be with. The best partners anyone could ever hope for. And I have loved coming to work here, every single day, for many, many years. But all good things must and do inevitably come to an end.” , Razek wrote.
“A few weeks ago, I shared with Les my desire to retire sometime around mid-August. It was a tough conversation to have because, as some of you must know, we have shared so much together for so many years. Including a deep love of this business. Still, it’s time,” he continued. “I want to thank all of you for the smiles, the hellos, the laughs, the mission. I could not be more lucky than to have been with all of you at this extraordinary and quite singular organization. I truly hope you know, deep in your hearts, how very special this place is. I do—more than ever.”
He’s been at the company since the 1980’s and has been a key figure in the highly sexualised, feminine beauty ideal put forth by the brand. In the year 1995, he launched Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and selected the models that are signed to its “Angel” spokesperson contract. Although, he received many criticism for its lack of body diversity over the years and under fire for comments he’s made about the plus-size and trans models.