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Victoria’s Secret Unveils Its First Model With Down Syndrome

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Victoria’s Secret Unveils Its First Model With Down Syndrome

A big congratulation to Sofia.

Diversity is really taking its place in the fashion world. And officially, Victoria’s Secret has unveiled its newest model for its recently launched The Love Cloud Collection. Breaking boundaries, Sofia Jirau is the first model with Down Syndrome, and her starring role in the new campaign is something she’s been desiring for years. 

Before this, the 24-Year-Old Puerto Rican model had taken to her Instagram to express her excitement. 

She equally thanked the lingerie brand for seeing her a model with #NoLimits and captioned the post: “One day I dreamed of it, I worked on it and today it is a dream come true. I can finally tell you my big secret. I am the first Victoria’s Secret Model with Down Syndrome!”

She then insisted: “There are no limits! 

Victoria’s Secret hasn’t been at the forefront of diversity in recent years. They’ve been behind when it comes to inclusion and representation. Their brand has consistently touted unrealistic body expectations. For instance, a campaign the brand ran in 2014 was initially named “The Perfect Body,” but the name changed after they received immense backlash.

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For Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek had once been under attack after being asked in a vogue interview why there aren’t trans models in their fashion shows. 

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At the time, he had responded, saying: “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.” Even though he reportedly apologized, Razek eventually resigned.

Days after Razek resigned, Victoria’s Secret hired a trans model [pictured].

However, The Love Cloud collection, according to the iconic brand website, features eighteen women from a myriad of backgrounds. 

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