Tuesday 20 August 2019

Angel Shanina Shaik says the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 'won’t be happening this year'

Shanina Shaik walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City
Shanina Shaik walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City
Victoria's Secret model Shanina Shaik is seen backstage prior the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
(L-R) Jasmine Tookes, Romee Strij and Shanina Shaik pose backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

Aoife Walsh

The annual Victoria's Secret show has been cancelled this year, long-serving Angel Shanina Shaik has claimed.

For the first time in 23 years, the brand will not be hosting its multi-million euro fashion show, its biggest marketing event of the year and one of the biggest fashion shows in the world.

Model Shanina Shaik, who first appeared on the Victoria Secret show runway in 2011, said in an interview with Austraila's Daily Telegraph that insiders have been told the show isn't going ahead this year.

“Unfortunately, the Victoria’s Secret Show won’t be happening this year," she said. "It’s something I’m not used to because every year around this time I’m training like an Angel.

(L-R) Jasmine Tookes, Romee Strij and Shanina Shaik pose backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
(L-R) Jasmine Tookes, Romee Strij and Shanina Shaik pose backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

Shaik says the lingerie giants are “trying to work on branding and new ways to do the show.”

The 28-year-old is amongst many A-list models that have graced the prestigious catwalk over the years, with Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel and Sara Sampaio all becoming household names for the brand.

The Victoria Secret show has also seen a range of popular artists perform on their catwalks, such as Rihanna, Destiny's Child, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes.

The show, which usually takes place in December and is aired on network television in the US and syndicated around the world, faced a fury of backlash last year after former chief marketing officer Ed Razek said the brand would not hire curvy or transgender models to take part in the show.

“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,” Razek told Vogue last year.

In a statement posted on Victoria Secret's social media days later, Razek apologised for the comment. He said: “My remark regarding the inclusion of transgender models in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show came across as insensitive. I apologize.

“To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show. We’ve had transgender models come to casting… And like many others, they didn’t make it…But it was never about gender. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are.”

Victoria's Secret declined to comment when contacted by Independent.ie.

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