Perhaps you remember the days when “Victoria’s Secret” refused to even consider using a transgender woman as a model. In a 2018 Vogue interview the brand’s marketing director said no “transsexuals” would be used. These days times have changed:
From “USA Today”:
“Model and TikTok star Emira D’Spain is making history as the first Black transgender model to work with Victoria’s Secret.
D’Spain, known for her beauty tips and comedic “Get Ready With Me” makeup videos on TikTok, partnered with Victoria’s Secret to create a “Single Girl’s Guide to the Perfect Valentine’s Day,” a how-to video for people spending the holiday on their own.
“The best love is self love!” D’Spain captioned the video.
In the video, D’Spain showed herself getting ready for a day of pampering, styling herself in a red Victoria’s Secret corset, black miniskirt and jacket, and suede Louboutin boots. Then, D’Spain was off for a self-care day around New York City, where she bought herself diamond earrings and flowers.
D’Spain said the theme of self-love of the collaboration is an extension of the positive message she wants to convey in her social media content. “My entire platform is built on confidence and self-love,” D’Spain said in a statement to USA TODAY.
She continued: “I want to empower young trans women and men around the world to show them that the beauty and fashion industries are changing, especially if you are a POC. I am so grateful to work with Victoria’s Secret and hope this paves the way for those after me.”