Halsey, who performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year, spoke out before the show aired, speaking about her disappointment in the brand.
Halsey was among one of the many performers on the show. Others performing alongside her include Shawn Mendes, Bebe Rexa and The Chainsmokers.
A number of classic VSFS models also walked the show, including Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Behati Prinsloo, Adriana Lima, Bella Hadid, Candice Swanipoel and Winnie Harlow.
Right before the show aired, weeks after being filmed, the singer posted a VSFS themed note in which she called out the company for not giving value to diversity.
She wrote, “I have adored the Victorias Secret fashion show since I was young. Performing this year alongside other amazing artists and hardworking models/friends was supposed to be the best night of my year.”
She added, “However, after I filmed the performance, some comments were made regarding the show that I simply cannot ignore.”
The comments she referred to are probably the ones made during the Vogue interview in which Ed Razek, the Vice President of Public Relations for VSFS, said, “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.”
He controversially added, “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.”
Soon after he made these comments, VS sales went down exponentially and CEO Jan Singer also resigned on November 20.
Addressing the issue indirectly, the Closer singer wrote, “As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not one motivated by stereotype.”
Speaking directly to those who watched her perform at the VSFS, she wrote, “If you’re on my page because you watched my performance tonight, please allow me to instead direct your attention to GLSEN: An organization that offers services aimed at protecting LGBTQ+ youth.”
She also revealed that she had donated to the organization, writing, “And with respect to those youth targeted by these comments in a world where they have been made to feel “other,” I have made a sizable donation in their honor.”
She concluded, “If you are a trans person reading this, and these comments made you feel alienated or invalidated please know that you have allies. We stand in solidarity, and complete and total acceptance is the only “fantasy” that I support.”
Read the full post here:
Despite speaking against the show, the Bad At Love singer made it clear that she still supports her friends that were walking in the show. She posted some sweet pictures with Bella Hadid, congratulating her friend on her victory.
The show was filmed on November 8 and aired on Sunday night.
Watch her VSFS performance here: