Former Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes, Christy Turlington Burns, Milla Jovovich and a hundred other models have signed a letter sent to Victoria's Secret CEO John Mehas. In the petition, they urge the lingerie brand to have it legally recorded that it assists its models when faced with sexual misconduct.
The petition follows after several Victoria's Secret photographers, including Timur Emek and Dabid Bellemere, have been accused by girls of sexual misconduct. For example, the photographers accused of sexual abuse would have asked girls for nude photos via social media because they wanted to know "what their body looks like". They deny these allegations to date.
"It is deeply disturbing that these men have abused their work for Victoria's Secret to try and seduce vulnerable girls", as the petition initiated by the Model Alliance non-profit organization and shared by Business of Fashion says. The models believe that the lingerie brand, which has since fired the photographers, can contribute to improving the situation.
The Time's Up movement, which is committed to # metoo victims, also signed the petition. The signatories want Victoria's Secret to join Respect program that was created in 2018 as a place where models can report abuses in the workplace or in industry.
Victoria's Secret came in the news earlier this week because the head of the marketing department, Edward Razek, stepped up. 71-year-old Razek said last year that he was against adopting transgender models "because the show must represent a fantasy world."