Victoria's Secret has become embroiled in a scandal over an apology to a transgender woman: what happened
One of the stores of the world-famous lingerie brand Victoria's Secret became embroiled in a significant scandal due to an incident involving a transgender woman. She was denied entry to the changing rooms until all the other 'real,' or cisgender (a term referring to people whose gender identity aligns with their biological sex), women had left.
The transgender woman shared her experience on X (the new name for Twitter), describing the incident as 'inhumane.' The brand has already responded to the scandal, sparking a strong reaction online. However, according to Newsweek, many internet users supported the store's employees.
"I had a completely dehumanizing experience in a Victoria's Secret dressing room due to my status as a transgender woman... I was trying to find a nice bra at Victoria's Secret, and they made me wait until all the cisgender women had left the locker rooms before allowing me to enter one. They even made other women wait for their turn so that no women would be in any of the 5 other changing rooms next to mine," expressed a customer with the username Microdragons1.
Victoria's Secret representatives promptly reached out to the woman, offering apologies for the behavior of the saleswoman who did not permit her to use the changing room on equal terms with all other store visitors. They also expressed a desire to directly communicate with the offended customer and provided the necessary contact information.
Journalists attempted to contact the transgender woman to gather more details about the scandal and its potential resolution. However, the Microdragons1 account had become inaccessible by that time. Instead, the publication received a response from the Victoria's Secret press service.
We strive to provide a great experience for our customers, so we always welcome feedback. Our employees are focused on delivering exceptional customer service, especially during this busy shopping season," clarified the brand's representatives.
Meanwhile, a heated debate erupted in the comments under the Microdragons1 post. Internet users supported the transgender woman, while the store's employees were condemned for harassment and oppression. However, a "coalition" also formed in defense of the saleswomen. In particular, some commentators wrote that the transgender woman could have been a "perverted man" who, disguised as a woman, was rushing into the women's locker room to satisfy his own sexual needs.
"You were not dehumanized. You were treated like a man," "We women do not regret that the store employees left our changing room exclusively for women," "It made real women feel uncomfortable," the publication quotes some commentators who sided with the store employees.
As previously reported by OBOZ.UA, this year two transgender women participated in the Miss Universe contest. The representatives of Portugal and the Netherlands were Marina Machete and Rikki Colle, who were biologically born as men. Read more about them in the article.