The annual televised Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has had its share of love and hate since the first show in 1995, but culture seems to be catching up with both the show and the brand.
There have been iconic moments, including Rihanna's strut in a pink lace number and Ariana Grande avoiding Elsa Hosk's wigs, but this year, following the company and it's founder's uncomfortably close ties to accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, not to mention an era of body positivity following a #MeToo backlash, the show may be over, and Twitter has mixed feelings.
While some were "sad" to see the long-running show go, many shared their glee, tweeting out "finally!" and "we're evolving!"
THE SHOW IS OVER?
The 28-year-old model Shanina Shaik, who has walked in the 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2018 shows, told The Daily Telegraph: "Unfortunately the Victoria's Secret show won't be happening this year."
So it's not coming from the brand, but …. Shaik added: "It's something I'm not used to because every year around this time I'm training like an angel. But I'm sure in the future something will happen, which I'm pretty sure about. I'm sure they're trying to work on branding and new ways to do the show because it's the best show in the world."
The Epstein connection and cultural shift aren't the only issues brewing behind the scenes. The brand's parent company L Brands' chief marketing officer Ed Razek sparked controversy when he told Vogue about their stance on inclusivity: "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. 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. And they carp at us because we're the leader."