Rihanna is not just going to stay silent in the face of discrimination, especially when she’s involved directly! Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer Ed Razek, threw some shade at the singer and stated that plus-size or transgender models will never be part of the show’s ‘fantasy!’
Now, Riri is firing back!
The drama started when Razek was speaking to Vogue before this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
The 70-year-old man mentioned that the lingerie brand would not include any plus-size or transgender women at their yearly event.
‘Does the brand think about diversity? Yes. Do we offer larger sizes? Yes. It’s like, why doesn’t the show do this? Should you not have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I do not think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy.’
He went on to also shade Rihanna’s Fenty show at NYFW where she included models of all shapes, including the heavily pregnant Slick Woods.
‘Everybody keeps talking about Rihanna’s show. If we’d done Rihanna’s show, we’d be accused of pandering without any question. Because the brand has a very specific image, it has a point of view. It has a history. …By the way, we have had three pregnant models walk the show. Everyone had the conversation about Savage having the pregnant model in the show. We watch this, we are amused by it, but we do not milk it. And all these things that they have ‘invented,’ we have done and continue to do.’
As you can imagine, his words angered a lot of people, one of them being model Louise O’Reilly who tweeted: ‘Prime example of why all brands need to be careful about casting directors’ opinions. Especially when it is a 70-year-old man who is living in the past. Thank god [Rihanna] brought us @SavageXFenty this year with genuine attention and love of diversity in her branding.’
Prime example of why brands need to be careful of casting directors opinions. Especially when it’s a 70 year old man who’s living in the past. Thank god @rihanna brought us @SavageXFenty this year with genuine attention & love of diversity in her branding ? https://t.co/pdCk2ueSGq
— Louise O'Reilly (@StyleMeCurvy) November 11, 2018
Louise’s tweet was screenshot by a fan and posted on Instagram, mentioning Rihanna in the caption, as ‘Queen of Diversity!’
That is when the performer stumbled upon it and double tapped it!
Despite this being a subtle sign of support, the news of her liking the comment made way around social media and people understood she was on their side!