Brooke Preston's inclusive Victoria's Secret runway fantasy

Brooke Preston

In November, L Brands chief marketing officer Ed Razek sat with Vogue for a controversial chat a few weeks before the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, seemingly to rebuff the view that the brand is struggling to maintain its cachet amid cultural shifts. He touched on the lingerie juggernaut’s admirable role in promoting larger, more athletic models (circa 2000) before leaving a messy trail of problematic sound bites. Razek’s lowlights included, “We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes. No one had any interest in it, still don’t.” And when discussing why the show doesn’t hire trans models, he said: “Because the show is a fantasy.”

While Razek’s fantasy might involve enormous angel wings, dragon-themed outfits (as in the 2017 show in Shanghai) and diamond bustiers, the notion that “aggressively fit” cisgender glamazons are the only true objects of desire is so last century. Instead, here’s an alternate, all-inclusive runway daydream.

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