Victoria's Secret's anti-LGBTQ attitudes aren't secret at all, so in the positive giving spirit of Christmas, we present you with five better alternatives for your lingerie needs.
Ash Griffith | November 29, 2018
One of the best hashtags not trending right now (but should be) is #victoriassecretisshesanasshole, crafted by one of my favorite instagram influencers, and with good cause. This past week, Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, decided to put all of his foot in his mouth and belittle plus-size women and the trans community.
“‘So it’s like, ‘Why don’t you do [a size] 50? Why don’t you do 60? Why don’t you do 24?’ It’s like, ‘Why doesn’t your show do this? 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. That’s what it is,’” Razek told Vogue in an interview on November 8th.
There’s a lot to unpack here, beginning with the fact that Razek implied transgender and plus-sized women are not a part of anyone’s fantasies. According to a recent study, not only have searches for transgender porn gone up about 36% this year, but weirdly it’s also some of the most popular porn in Russia.
Joke’s on you, buddy.
We could turn this into a long winded ranty article about how karma is a see-you-next-Tuesday, especially since Victoria’s Secret’s CEO, Jan Singer, has since resigned. However, you’re my choir and I’m preaching, so instead, I have something far better and far more interesting for you.
I have five of my favorite places for you to switch over to for your lingerie buying needs.
Soma: Not only is Soma run and designed by women, it’s kind of hard to not back a company whose entire motto is basically “comfort always.” Also, Soma has its own donation organization called Soma Bra Donation, which donates bras to women leaving abusive domestic situations. According to their website, they have donated over one million bras so far.
Kiss & Make-Up: I even brought you a local favorite, y’all. Run and owned by VCU graduate Ruth McMahon, Kiss & Make-Up was started back in 1984, originally only selling perfumes and cosmetics. They expanded to lingerie about two years later. You can visit Ruth at her store on Patterson Ave, where a slew of people seem to come in solely to talk. My kind of place.
Tomboy Exchange: Tomboy Exchange wants you to know that they have an agenda, okay. They have a human agenda, priding themselves on being underwear for all human beings, regardless of how you identify and see yourself. Literally the polar opposite of Victoria’s Secret. Also they’re eco-friendly and only work with factories who pay a living wage, so that’s pretty rad.
Savage X Fenty: Obviously it wasn’t enough for Rihanna to have one of the best makeup lines out there right now (Killawatt Highlighter in Trophy Wife. Get some), so now she has to have one of the best lingerie brands out there as well. Not only is it ridiculously comfortable (and honestly, priced pretty damn well, comparatively speaking), but again, Rihanna makes it Savage X Fenty’s mission that no woman will be left behind, that all women should have the right to feel beautiful as hell. Because we all are — absolutely all of us.
ThirdLove: ThirdLove is another one of those things that I discovered during my journey through podcast land, and I’m glad I took the time to investigate. Heidi Zak founded ThirdLove in 2012 with a mission born from a common frustration: to finally have one damn bra that fit her comfortably. Same, friend. Same. Much like Soma, Third Love also donates bras to I Support the Girls (which donates to organizations for homeless women and girls), and The Unmentionables (which works with displaced individuals to provide them safe and consistent sexual education related needs).
None of these will probably be carrying hot pants with PINK emblazoned on the ass, but the knowledge that none of these places are transphobic, body-shaming, and passive-aggressively belittling our community is significantly more comforting. Happy holidays, friends.