A transgender Youtuber is going viral after she posted a video of herself in a mock Victoria’s Secret commercial. The video was in response to comments by Victoria’s Secret executive, Ed Razek, who said he had no plans on using transgender or plus size models in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Nikita Dragun is a 22-year-old transgender Youtuber of Vietnamese and Mexican descent, who took offense to what he said. As a result, she made a video showing the world that transgender people can be fantasies too.
Before the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last month, Ed Razek was asked by a Vogue writer about having transgender people in their show. “Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show?” the writer asked. Razek responded, “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.”
“We attempted to do a television special for plus sizes[in 2000]. No one had any interest in it. Still don’t.”
Well, the internet got a huffing and a puffing, demanding that Ed Razek apologize and get fired. So Ed Razek issued an apology after the wave of backlash. He stated that his statement was “insensitive” and that there is a possibility in the future where there could be a transgender model in the show.
The fire and fury died down and the controversy seemed to be averted.
But now transgender model Nikita Dragun has posted a video where she mimics a Victoria’s Secret holiday commercial, reports Buzzfeed. In white underwear and a bra with Angel Wings on her back, she walks through a mansion while Christmas music plays. Her caption reads “dear Victoria’s Secret, you said trans women can’t’ sell “fantasy” so here i am as a TRANS WOMAN selling FANTASY!..”
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dear Victoria’s Secret, you said trans women can’t sell the “fantasy” so here i am as a TRANS WOMAN selling the FANTASY! 👼🏻 everyone is beautifully unique. embrace your differences. stand tall in who you are! live your fantasy and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. shot by @liverichmedia
The post went viral and she received a lot of positive feedback. As of now, it has nearly 900,000 likes and thousands of comments praising the woman.
andrea.lee.harrison wrote, “Victoria Secret who? I only know nikita_dragun and she’s killing all the games.”
mayameltzer wrote, “_Like damn she is just perfect.”
zoeygoddess wrote, “Goddess”
The response was so overwhelming that Nikita Dragun posted a follow up thanking everyone for the kind words. She noted that what she did was not a “hate campaign” and that it was just to show that, “ANY woman(trans or not) is a fantasy!”
Nikita Dragun has been very open about her transition. In her vlogs, she talks about her surgeries and the side effects of her hormone replacement surgery. She’s seen as a role model for younger transgender teens who are at high risk of suicide. So Nikita Dragun making a response to Victoria’s Secret is not much of a surprise.
She had to prove to herself and other transgender people that beauty is more than one type. The last Victoria’s Secret show had the first Filipino model, Kelsey Merritt walking the runway. But she looked like all the other models. Thin, tall, and beautiful in the stereotypical model sense.
I don’t think that Victoria’s Secret should change it’s view on beauty if it doesn’t want too. But considering that Victoria’s Secret is a dinosaur, with myopic standards of beauty, it’s going to need to change if it wants to stay relevant. Although Nikita Dragun made a powerful statement against Victoria’s Secret, I don’t see the beauty standards changing much for the company. However, if she could change the public view of transgender people and shine a more positive light on the small community, it’ll be a win.
All photos: Instagram: Nikita_dragun