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Victoria’s Secret debuts diverse new campaign

Lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret has responded to criticism over its lack of diversity amongst its models with a new campaign.

The campaign for the Spring 2020 ‘Body by Victoria’ line features models of all shapes, sizes, and ages.

The brand’s first openly transgender model has posed for the campaign too – 23-year-old Valentina Sampaio.

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The photographs were shot by Helena Christensen, 51, who also modelled for the campaign. She was joined by another VS veteran, 49-year-old Daniela Pestova.

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Plus-size models Candice Huffine and Solange van Doorn feature alongside familiar Victoria’s Secret faces such as Joan Smalls, Jasmine Tookes and Barbara Palvin.

The new campaign is part of an image overhaul for the brand, which has been criticised for only featuring young, thin and cisgender models in its catalogues and on runways.

In 2019, the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show was cancelled as the company prepared to “evolve the marketing” of the brand.

Singer Taylor Swift (L) performs as model Karlie Kloss presents a creation during the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London

For years the show had been a frustration of many, including consumers, commentators and even models. Former Angel Karlie Kloss quit the show in the name of feminism and the outdated concept of what beauty was.

Victoria’s Secret’s former Chief Marketing Officer created controversy when he said there was “no room” for plus-size models on their runway and that he would not cast transgender models in an interview with Vogue.com.

And the L Brands company’s founder and CEO Leslie Wexner was tied to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein was Wexner’s former personal money manager and a trustee of the Wexner Foundation, Wexner’s charitable group based Ohio.

Met Gala postponed amid coronavirus outbreak

The Met Gala is the latest high-profile cultural event to be postponed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Met Gala chairwoman Anna Wintour confirmed in a post to Vogue.com the rumours that the ball would not be going ahead as planned.

“Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will be postponed to a later date,” she wrote.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Museum of Art also confirmed all events through May 15 will be cancelled or postponed.

“The Museum will remain closed through Saturday, April 4. Additionally, the CDC advised over the weekend that there should not be any gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. In deference to this guidance, all programs and events through May 15 will be cancelled or postponed,” read the statement.

The gala raises money for the New York museum’s Costume Institute and opens the its spring exhibition, which will also be delayed.