Victoria’s Secret Exec Retires as Company Welcomes First Trans Model

Ed Razek infamously said he wouldn't hire "transsexuals" to walk in the brand's annual fashion show.

A notoriously transphobic and fatphobic Victoria’s Secret exec is planning to leave the lingerie company shortly after it hired its first ever transgender model.

As Bloomberg reports, marketing executive Ed Razek—who infamously claimed he wouldn’t let “transsexual” models walk in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show—announced he’d be stepping down from his post this month in an internal note to VS employees.

“It was a tough conversation to have because, as some of you must know, we have shared so much together for so many years,” the 71-year-old exec wrote in the memo, circulated this Monday.

Razek’s previous comments, originally printed in a Vogue interview from October 2018, sparked a flurry of controversy, prompting him to personally apologize on the brand’s Twitter after the fallout.

Razek’s departure from the brand and its overarching parent company L Brands also comes about a week after the brand hired its first openly transgender model. As The New York Times reported this past weekend, 22-year-old Valentina Sampaio, a Brazilian runway model, is slated to appear in an upcoming catalog for the brand’s athletic line, VS Pink.

Sampaio herself took to social media to celebrate the historic decision. “Never stop dreaming,” she wrote to her 318,000 followers—including Orange Is the New Black alum and fellow transgender trailblazer Laverne Cox, who congratulated her in the comments.

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