The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired on Sunday night and did not make Halsey happy at all. The show that was filmed on November 8 and included performers such as Halsey herself, Shawn Mendes, Bebe Rexha, and The Chainsmokers, also had a strong class of models including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Behati Prinsloo, Winnie Harlow, Adriana Lima, and others.
The ‘You and I’ singer posted her note in pink and white while calling out Victoria’s Secret for the lack of diversity, writing:
I have adored the Victorias Secret fashion show since I was young. Performing this year alongside other amazing artists and hard working models/friends was supposed to be the best night of my year.
Halsey continued saying:
However, after I filmed the performance, some comments were made regarding the show that I simply cannot ignore.
Halsey’s comments assumably come after a Vogue interview in which the vice president of public relations, Ed Razek, said:
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.
Furthermore, he went on by saying:
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.
One of the reasons why his comment sparked a backlash, is because the term ‘transsexual’ is a fairly outdated term. According to CNN reports, Victoria’s Secret CEO, Jan Singer, resigned amid a major decline in sales.
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In her note, Halsey wrote:
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not one motivated by stereotype. If you’re on my page because you watched my performance tonight, please allow me to instead direct your attention to GLSEN:
She went on to explain what GLSEN is:
An organization that offers services aimed at protecting LGBTQ+ youth. And with respect to those youth targeted by these comments in a world where they have been made to feel “other,” I have made a sizable donation in their honor.
Halsey concluded the note by writing:
If you are a trans person reading this, and these comments made you feel alienated or invalidated please know that you have allies. We stand in solidarity, and complete and total acceptance is the only “fantasy” that I support…
Later on, Halsey posted photos from that night where she supported her friend, Bella Hadid, as she walked the runway.
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