Victoria’s Secret has pulled its “Sexy Little Geisha” bodysuit from the lingerie company’s online store. The bodysuit, which was a part of Victoria’s Secret’s “Go East” collection, received a lot of negative feedback from the online community, with many people accusing the lingerie giant of perpetuating offensive racial stereotypes.
Model Candice Swanepoel wore the “Sexy Little Geisha” bodysuit in a photo for the website with the description: “your ticket to an exotic adventure: a sexy mesh teddy with flirty cutouts and Eastern-inspired florals. Sexy little fantasies, there’s one for every sexy you.”
One of the most passionate critics of the “Geisha” teddy has been Nina Jacinto of the blog Racialicious.com. In an article entitled “Victoria’s Secret Does it Again: When Racism Meets Fashion,” Nina wrote, “There’s a long-standing trend to represent Asian women as hypersexualized objects of fantasy, so it’s telling that none of the models wearing the ‘Go East’ collection appear to be Asian.” Nina went on to say that the bodysuit perpetuates “a narrative that says the culture can be completely stripped of its realness in order to fulfill our fantasies of a safe and non-threatening, mysterious East.”
Although Victoria’s Secret has removed the bodysuit from its website, no spokesperson for the brand has been available for comment at this time.
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