The Angels have fallen! Victoria’s Secret ditches models for activists, actors

Victoria's Secret is rebranding and they are replacing their 'angels' with the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Megan Rapinoe and Valentina Sampaio.

The Angels have fallen! Victoria’s Secret ditches models for activists, actors

Lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret is trading in their famous “angels” for athletes, activists and actors through the process of their rebranding which was announced on 17 June via Twitter. 

Victoria’s Secret is known for using models that the brand refers to as “angels” to walk in their annual fashion show to represent their collections.

VICTORIA’S SECRET REBRANDS WITH ACTIVISTS, ATHLETES AND ACTORS

The lingerie brand announced a rebrand via social media that includes recruiting a group of diverse women as the brand’s new representatives. This is a step into the direction of empowerment and diversity for the brand.

These representatives are actress Priyanka Chopra, soccer star Megan Rapinoe, LGBTQ model and activist Valentina Sampaio who was Victoria’s Secret first openly transgender model in August 2019. as well as Adut Akech, Amanda de Cadenet, Eileen Gu and Paloma Elsesser. 

“I am most excited for new customers and for those who have always been a customer of Victoria’s Secret, to feel represented and like they belong,” said Priyanka Chopra according to a press release.

“Being a transwoman often means facing closed doors to people’s hearts. As a powerful global platform, Victoria’s Secret is committed to opening these doors for trans women like me, by celebrating, uplifting and advocating for ALL women,” said Valentina Sampaio according to the press release.

“So often I felt myself on the outside looking in with brands in the beauty and fashion industry and I’m thrilled to be creating a space that sees the true spectrum of ALL women,” said Megan Rapinoe.

SET TO BUILD ‘NEW, DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS WITH WOMEN’

According to the press release, the brands changes is set in order to “build new, deeper relationships with all women” by creating “revolutionary” lingerie collections, “inspiring” content, and bring awareness for causes that support women. 

‘VICTORIA SECRET’ LACKED DIVERSITY

The changes follow the brand facing backlash for their lack of diversity. The brands chief marketing officer Ed Razek said that he was not interested in casting transgender and plus size models for the annual show in an interview with Vogue in 2018. 

His comments sparked controversy for the brand leading to Valentina Sampaio being cast as the first transgender model and model Ali Tate-Cutler being their first plus size model in 2019 after Razek retired. That same year, Victoria’s Secret cancelled their annual fashion show because they needed to “evolve”. 

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Lockdown Murder: Former cop fired shotgun at unarmed man

Sibusiso Amos was inside his house when he was shot during a lockdown enforcement operation in March 2020. Three children were also injured.

Lockdown Murder: Former cop fired shotgun at unarmed man

A former policeman who gunned down a man in the sanctity of his home during a lockdown enforcement operation has been found guilty of murder in the Gauteng High Court. 

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, said the former officer had shot and killed Sibusiso Amos with a shotgun in his home during hard lockdown in March 2020. Three children who were also inside the house at the time were injured during the shooting.

“The family of Sibusiso Amos, who was fatally shot by a security officer in March 2020 at Vosloorus when Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers were enforcing Level 5 lockdown regulations, received justice following the conviction of Siphiwe George Ndlovu,” Mjonondwane said.

Ndlovu was found guilty of the lockdown murder, three counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

“Amos was shot inside the yard at his home after an argument broke out between him and the EMPD officers that were chasing patrons from a nearby tavern. Three children who were in the house were also wounded during the shooting.” Mjonondwane said.

“Amos was shot at close range by live ammunition, whilst standing behind a locked burglar gate. The bullet was fired from one of the EMPD officers’ shot gun,” he said.

Ndlovu told the court that he picked up the gun soon after the officer fell down following an attack from members of the community during the lockdown operation. He then saw a scuffle inside the yard between Amos and EMPD officers. He approached and fired shots towards Amos to scare him off in order to stop the scuffle. 

State advocate, Rolene Barnard, argued that Ndlovu was a former police officer, knowledgeable about gun handling and precautionary measures to take when using guns. She asked the court to take into consideration the fact that Amos had been shot at the sanctity of his own home, that he was unarmed and had not provoked the officers.

The court rejected Ndlovu’s evidence as highly improbable and accepted the evidence of state witnesses. 

Judge Thifhelimbilu Mudau remarked that evidence provided by state witnesses was more reliable. 

The lockdown murder case was postponed to 29 June for arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence.

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