Victoria’s Secret is finally getting the message: It needs to change if it wants to resonate with millennial consumers.
Its parent company L Brands announced it is “rethinking” the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In a memo to employees, L Brands CEO Les Wexner said that network television might no longer be the “right fit” for the glitzy event, reports CNBC.
其母公司L Brands宣布要“重新思考”一年一度的维密秀。据CNBC报道，L Brands公司首席执行官Les Wexner在发给员工的内部信中说网络电视可能不再“适合”这一大秀了。
The show aired on CBS and ABC for nearly 20 years, but ratings took a hit in recent years. This past December saw its lowest ratings ever, with just 3.3 million viewers. The year prior, it had 5 million. Many viewers take issue with the fashion show’s lack of body sizes and diversity, as well as failure to include trans models.
In the fall, Australian model Robyn Lawley penned a viral post that called on viewers to boycott the once heralded event. “Victoria’s Secret has dominated the space for almost 30 years by telling women there is only one kind of body beautiful,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s time Victoria’s Secret recognized the buying power and influence of women of ALL ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities.”
As such, Victoria’s Secret will consider a “new kind of event,” wrote Wexner. “Fashion is a business of change. We must evolve and change to grow.” The memo offered no more specifics on the new format.