Rihanna Just Threw Shade At The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show And I’m Here For It

As many people know, this week the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was filmed live in New York City and will air sometime around December on TV. The show, which features new and upcoming lines in the lingerie company, has for years been a popular staple in the fashion industry.

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While the show has not aired on CBS yet, and has only been filmed, there has been immense controversy surrounding the company and the show due to comments that were made by chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, during an interview with Vogue. For years, Victoria’s Secret has been scrutinized by women around the world for deciding to forgo inclusiveness and only fixate on one particular body type and style. When asked about this, Razek gave an offensive and controversial answer saying: 

Sara Sampaio is constantly being criticized for being too fat. Sara Sampaio? Seriously? Where does it end? Do I think about diversity? Yes. Does the brand think about diversity? Yes. Do we offer larger sizes? Yes. So it’s like, why don’t you do 50? 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 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. That’s what it is. It is the only one of its kind in the world, and any other fashion brand in the world would take it in a minute, including the competitors that are carping at us. And they carp at us because we’re the leader. They don’t talk about each other. I accept that. I actually respect it. Cool. But we’re nobody’s third love. We’re their first love. And Victoria’s Secret has been women’s first love from the beginning.

When asked about diversity and bringing up Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty line, Razek said:

Progress gets made, and part of what’s happened in our show is that the girls have just continued to get more physically fit. We don’t tell them to; they compete with one another and they work hard, they work in pairs, they work in threes. Many of them work out at the same gyms; they have complex routines. They shouldn’t have to apologize for that. Everybody keeps talking about Rihanna’s show. If we had done Rihanna’s show, we would be accused of pandering without question.

And, when asked to elaborate on this, Razek said:

Because the brand has a specific image, has a point of view. It has a history.

Obviously, many people online who read the article and heard Razek’s words were incredibly offended.

A lot of people online also mentioned that Rihanna’s lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, does not discriminate and welcomes all women of all communities—having pregnant women and trans women walk her runway show.

Obviously, the company made Razek issue a statement apologizing for his comments, as boycotting for any cause hurts the brand and its reputation.

And, if you’re wondering what Rihanna herself has to say about all the drama surrounding the jabs that Victoria’s Secret took at her line—and her personally—look no further. Luise O’Reilly made a comment about why companies should always be careful of who they allow sitting in the high ranks of their board and directors—especially in how they voice their personal beliefs.

Someone online screenshotted the tweet and posted it to Twitter, and RiRi herself gave it a sweet, shady little like.


And, that’s the tea, sis. Rihanna has been speaking out about diversity in not just fashion, but makeup and beauty, too. With her Fenty makeup line, she has included shades and textures that were unavailable to many women worldwide prior to its launch. And, with Savage X Fenty’s launch, women of all shapes, sizes, and communities are able to find reasonably priced bras, underwear, and lingerie that not only fit but also, represent values we all stand by.

That’s a true legend.