SkyNews. Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer has quit just days after the lingerie company hired its first transgender model.
Valentina Sampaio, from Brazil, has signed a contract with the US fashion brand in a move by the retailer to modernise its image.
Sampaio’s hiring comes nearly a year after top executive Ed Razek apologised for implying trans women were off-brand.
Razek, who has now retired, sparked outrage last November when he said in a Vogue interview that the annual Victoria’s Secret angels TV special should not include “transsexual” models because “the show is a fantasy”.
The model has appeared on magazine covers including Vogue Paris, Vogue Brasil and Elle Mexico, and is one of a growing number of trans models amid pressure for the fashion industry to become more diverse and inclusive.