Although the last Victoria’s Secret show did represent many ethnicities and nationalities (although of course with a tinge of cultural appropriation), the show is still lacking diversity in many, many ways. Size inclusivity is usually the first complaint that comes to mind, as models such as Ashley Graham have been advocating for more plus-size models on the runway by promoting illustrations of them wearing angel wings.
But another often overlooked demographic is transgender models, who lack presence on the runway. With the LGBTQ+ community acting as some of the most powerful and influential figures in fashion, it’s astonishing that there STILL haven’t been any public trans models on the Victoria’s Secret runway. One woman wants to change all that.
"Trying to be the [first] Trans model of color [to] walk a #VictoriaSecret Fashion show," Leyna Bloom tweeted.
Clearly, Twitter was here for it — it was liked over 50,000 times and has been retweeted over 16,000 times! Although transgender models such as Hari Nef and Andreja Pejic have appeared on major runways and made a name for themselves, no known trans model has ever strutted on the Victoria's Secret runway.
In 2013, over 40,000 people signed a Change.org petition to have "RuPaul's Drag Race" cast member and trans model Carmen Carrera appear on the runway show.
Although she wasn't cast, it definitely brought more focus to the lack of trans presence on the Victoria's Secret show runway. Maybe they could have both models walk in the show in 2018?