UPDATE: Victoria's Secret has closed thier comments section on thier facebook pages. Please let them know how you feel here.
UPDATE ON VICTORIA'S SECRET: Just received the following apology from Tammy Robert Meyers, a spokesperson for Limited Brands:
"We are sorry that the Native American headdress replica used in our recent fashion show has upset individuals. We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone. Out of respect, we will not be including the outfit in any broadcast, marketing materials nor in any other way."
Let's celebrate the fact they listened (though they may have to work on the "how to apologize" part). Amazing work mobilizing together everyone! I'm so proud of our community fighting together for what's right. -- Adrienne K. Native Appropriations.
I want to thank everyone for signing! -- Bree
While you are here could you consider :http://www.change.org/petitions/us-congress-native-american-culture-day-to-replace-columbus-day
Update: the petition was being sent to customer service, and the parent company of Victoria Secret, it is now also being sent to Erica Zurmehly PR person for VS Lingerie, Sport, and Fashion Show
"The image of a warbonnet and warpaint wearing Indian is one that has been created and perpetuated by Hollywood and only bears minimal resemblance to traditional regalia of Plains tribes. It furthers the stereotype that Native peoples are one monolithic culture, when in fact there are 500+ distinct tribes with their own cultures. It also places Native people in the historic past, as something that cannot exist in modern society. We don't walk around in ceremonial attire everyday, but we still exist and are still Native."
- Victoria's Secret
- EVP of PR
- Owners of Victoria's Secret
- PR person for VS Lingerie, Sport, and Fashion Show
I was particularly disturbed to learn about the inclusion of blatant racist stereotypes in your upcoming televised fashion show.
I am also a Victoria's Secret customer...or was, until today. Not only does your company's decision to include a white model wearing stereotypical "Native" garb mock Native women and Native peoples in general with this poor taste inclusion, your lack of response or action to remove this footage from the show and apologize for your callousness and insensitivity pushes me to realize VS is not the company I thought it was.
Please remove the footage of your "Native" stereotype from your Dec. 4 lingerie show program - it is the right thing to do.
More info here:http://nativeappropriations.blogspot.com/2010/04/but-why-cant-i-wear-hipster-headdress.html
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