Victoria Secret runway returns with transgender and plus size models after break

A more-inclusive Victoria’s Secret catwalk with trans and plus size models is back after a four-year break.

The American lingerie and beauty retailer, which has seen the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner walk their prestigious runway, will aim to be more diverse.

The announcement cameon Friday (March 7), after it was announced that the show, once famed for its “Angels” models and over-the-top winged ensembles, would return as a “new version” of its former iconic self.

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Victoria’s Secret bosses said they were “reclaiming one of our best marketing and entertainment properties and turning it on its head to reflect who we are today”.

They have reportedly chosen to eliminate their traditional angels for a more inclusive “collective”.

The US catwalk will now feature a variety of models, including: Candice Huffine, Mayowa Nicholas, and Bella Hadid, as well as Devyn Garcia, Taylor Hill, Adut Akech and Imaan Hammam.

British plus-size model Paloma Elsesser is also on board, with Brazilian model Sofia Jirau – the brand’s first star with Down’s Syndrome – and transgender models Valentina Sampaio and Emira D’Spain.

Even other celebrities are set to appear in the show’s future catwalks with the new “collective” as bosses have named Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka to make her debut.

Naomi said about the announcement: “I remember discussing how I never saw someone who looked like me.

“I thought it would be really amazing to shift the view.”

Launched in 1997, the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has historically featured some of the biggest names in the modelling industry, such as Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum.

The show was cancelled in November 2019, reportedly due to many factors, including a drop in ratings and a desire to revamp the company’s overall marketing.

Victoria’s Secret's The VS Collective will now feature a diverse lineup of ambassadors, including Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Megan Rapinoe.

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