24-year-old Puerto Rican model Sofia Girao is proud to be the first model with Down Syndrome to sign with Victoria’s Secret Fashion for Women.
Sofia debuted in the brand’s latest comprehensive campaign for lingerie and women’s clothing.
In 2019, Sofia created headlines after launching her own online store, which she chose as Alvet.
Following the launch of the brand’s new Love Cloud collection, Sofia appeared in a Victoria’s Secret ad on Valentine’s Day.
“The Love Cloud ‘collection is a key moment in the brand’s evolution, from the incredible cast that enlivens the collection to the incredible content on the set, the campaign is part of the brand’s evolution,” Victor’s Secret Creative Director Raul Martinez told NBC News. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “
In June, Victoria’s Secret announced that she was abandoning the “angels” and became a more inclusive scientist, citing beautiful models.
At the time, the company said, “When the world changes, we’re too slow to respond. We need to stop talking about what men want and be what women want.”
At the time, football star and activist Megan Robino, Sino-American freestyle skater Elaine Joe and many others took part in the campaign.
Robinho complained that the brand “seeks to achieve not only what it means to be sexual and sexy, but also through masculine lenses and what men want”.
“The products are being marketed heavily towards younger women,” he added, describing the company’s previous message as “really harmful”.
Robino continued, “As a gay woman I think a lot about being sexy, and we have the ability to do that because I do not have to wear the traditional sexy thing to be sexy, and I do not think so. The traditional thing is sexy when it comes to my partner.”
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