Victoria’s Secret Courts Controversy Over 2017 “What Is Sexy” List

The lingerie giant’s list of the sexiest folk in celebsville is missing something…

The Victoria's Secret Sexy List
The Victoria's Secret list Spot the problem?

Victoria’s Secret has landed itself in a whole heap of trouble with folks online after publishing its #WhatIsSexy list for 2017.

A list of everything the lingerie giants deems “sexiest” in 2017 and voted for by the company’s customers, there are a couple of things that have got people upset about the new list, loaded included.

The main gripe centres on the fact that, based on this list, being white, thin and able-bodied is what’s totally sexy in 2017.

Taylor Swift is named Sexiest Entertainer while Mandy Moore is the world’s Sexiest Actress in 2017. Margot Robbie, meanwhile, earns the title of Forever Sexy which apparently means something to someone.

That’s not to say that the list is entirely bereft of any women of colour, with Olivia Munn, Baywatch’s Priyanka Chopra and Chrissy Teigen all present and correct.

However, it’s a far cry from the diversity on show in the 2016 list, which included the likes of
Kerry Washington, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez and Rashida Jones and fans aren’t impressed.

The Victoria's Secret line-up
The line-up Spot the problem? Image Victoria's Secret

More than anything, it’s the seeming dominance of white, blonde females that has people upset in these increasingly diverse times.

The outcry follows hot on the heels of the furore that greeted the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the American language remake of the anime classic Ghost In The Shell.

Many accused the movie’s producers of whitewashing after casting Johansson in a role of a character who was originally of Asian decent.

Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell Image © 2016 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

The film subsequently went on to be a box office bomb. Could Victoria’s Secret now face a similar backlash?

Still, that’s only the half of it for loaded. James Corden as sexiest late night host? Seriously guys?

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