Last year, it was a dream come true for Nigerian international model, Mayowa Nicholas who walked the victoria’s secret show, now this year, the show might not happen.
In an interview, Shanina Shaik, Top model and Victoria’s secret angel said ‘Unfortunately the Victoria’s Secret show won’t be happening
this year,’ Shaik told The Daily Telegraph . ‘It’s something I’m not used to because every year around this time I’m training
like an angel.’
Earlier this year, The New York times reported the show might not be televised this year (2019) because of the drastic fall in viewers, the show got only 3.2m viewers last year.
Not only that, the show has been getting a lot of attack on it’s non inclusiveness of trans women and curvy/thick women.
The show director, Edward Razek, said last year
‘So it’s like, why don’t you do 50?’ Mr. Razek said (referring to
the size of the models) in an interview with Vogue . ‘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 [referring to transgender models] 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.’
This comment received a lot of backlash, even Halsey who performed at the show last year, criticized Edward Razek.
In a publication on The New York times earlier this year, Leslie Wexner, the
chief executive of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, L Brands, explained that
‘..the company had been ‘taking a fresh look at every aspect of our business’ in the past few months, and noted that the brand ‘must evolve and change to grow.’ ‘With that in mind, we have decided to re-think the traditional Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,’ he wrote. ‘Going forward we don’t believe network television is the right fit.’ He also said the company would develop ‘a new kind of event’ on different platforms in the future, though he gave no further details.
Our hands are crossed to see what they are planning to come up with this year!