For longer than I've been alive, Victoria's Secret has always hosted an annual fashion show that not only shows off their beautiful Angels but also their popular lingerie. Since 1995 the event has been become widely popularized, but over the last few years, the brand has lost a considerable number of fans. Victoria's Secret canceled their 2019 fashion show after facing backlash.
According to longtime VS Angel, Shanina Shaik, 2019 will be the first year in nearly 25 that we won't see the models strut down the catwalk. She confirmed the news to the Daily Telegraph in a recent interview.
“Unfortunately the Victoria’s Secret show won’t be happening this year. 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."
Usually news this big would come directly from the company, but Shaik is the first one to make any sort of comment on the cancellation of this year's show.
This news isn't exactly a major surprise, especially considering how much backlash Victoria's Secret has been facing over the past few years. Unlike most brands, who actively try to promote diversity, VS executive Ed Razek has previously publically said that the show would never include plus-size or transgender models because it's an "entertainment special".
The company has since apologized for Razek's inappropriate comments, but that doesn't mean that people have forgotten about them, or forgiven the brand.
As far as the "rebranding" that Shaik talked about, it could have something to do with the fact that VS announced its plans to stop broadcasting the show on network television. One thing's for sure, it'll be interesting to see what they come up with in 2020, if the show does make a comeback.