YouTuber Nikita Dragun's video responded to comments made by Ed Razek, chief marketing officer of Victoria's Secret's parent company L Brands.
Victoria's Secret found itself in hot water after Ed Razek, chief marketing officer of its parent company L Brands, said during an interview that transgender models should not be featured in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. He ultimately issued an apology after the interview went viral, but his initial comments are still striking a nerve with many.
YouTuber Nikita Dragun, who describes herself as trans, responded to Razek's thoughts in a creative way: by making her own version of a Victoria's Secret ad. The video shot by LiveRichMedia shows Dragun modeling white lingerie while wearing a pair of wings reminiscent of those the Victoria's Secret Angels wear down the runway.
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dear Victoria#emo#4oCZ##s Secret, you said trans women can#emo#4oCZ##t sell the #emo#4oCc##fantasy#emo#4oCd## so here i am as a TRANS WOMAN selling the FANTASY! #emo#8J+Puw==## everyone is beautifully unique. embrace your differences. stand tall in who you are! live your fantasy and don#emo#4oCZ##t let anyone tell you otherwise. shot by @liverichmedia
"Dear Victoria's Secret, you said trans women can't sell the 'fantasy' so here I am as a TRANS WOMAN selling the FANTASY!" Dragun wrote in the caption of her Instagram post.
The caption refers to Razek's controversial comments to Vogue about not featuring transgender models in the brand's annual fashion show.
"Shouldn't you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don't think we should," Razek said in the interview with Vogue. "Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It's a 42-minute entertainment special. That's what it is."
Razek also went on to say that there was little interest in hiring models with other body types for the brand's show.
"We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]," he said in the interview. "No one had any interest in it, still don't."
Razek later addressed the comments in a statement via Twitter, in which he apologized for his "insensitive" words.
Razek's comments made during the interview were met with mass criticism. Over 9,000 people signed a petition in support of boycotting the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show as a result, while lingerie brand ThirdLove took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to address its disappointment with Razek's comments.
Singer Halsey also shared a message of support for the transgender community via Instagram after performing in this year's special, which Victoria's Secret model Bella Hadid supported by reposting it in an Instagram story.
Dragun's response video has been met with overwhelming praise so far. People on Twitter are calling it "beautiful" and a moment that will "go down in history."
Dragun, LiveRichMedia, and representatives for Victoria's Secret did not immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.
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