In case you missed it, Victoria’s Secret seems to be in a definitive tailspin—so much that even former Angels are abandoning ship.
Just six months after the brand’s annual fashion show garnered the worst ratings in its televised history (and company executives going on record to disparage trans and curve models as not fulfilling a “fantasy”), Victoria’s Secret angel Karlie Kloss has articulated the real reason for her departure from retailer in 2015 (worth noting, however, she did walk for the brand in Shanghai in 2015). While, at the time, Kloss and Razek alike cited the model’s scheduling conflicts as the reason for her hanging up her wings, British Vogue got the real story.
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“The reason I decided to stop working with Victoria’s Secret was I didn’t feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful,” Kloss said. “I think that was a pivotal moment in me stepping into my power as a feminist, being able to make my own choices and my own narrative, whether through the companies I choose to work with, or through the image I put out to the world.”
The backstory goes as follows: At the time Kloss was fulfilling her contractual obligations to the brand, she was concurrently studying feminist theory at New York University’s Gallatin School. Feminism and Victoria’s Secret, apparently, didn’t really align.
As aforementioned, Razek said something else entirely.
“Karlie Kloss [and] I met several months ago to discuss the many things she hoped to do in her life and career,” he said in 2015. “As we talked, it became clear she would not have the time to fulfill her myriad commitments. Reluctantly, we agreed she would leave the brand at the end of her contract. Karlie is one of a kind, a very close friend, someone I truly admire and love. She is, without question, one of the best models ever. But she is an even better person. Her future is unlimited, and I am excited to see all the good she will do. Karlie Kloss will always be an Angel to me.”
Earlier this year, it was announced Victoria’s Secret would be shuttering 53 stores nationwide—there’s no telling what hit they’ll take next.