A stunning brunette trans model has slammed Victoria’s Secret for ‘discrimination’ after being picked to be the face of a major lingerie campaign.
Transgender activist Munroe Bergdorf, a DJ and London it girl, has starred in her first ever underwear shoot since she went under the knife to have feminising surgery.
The sexy 31-year-old has also hit out at Victoria’s Secret after the brand said last year they would not use trans models in their world famous annual shows.
Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer Ed Razek later apologised for his ‘insensitive’ comments and said trans models would be considered.
Munroe, who was born Ian, said she was proud to model in the #LoveYourself campaign for lingerie brand Bluebella – her most revealing underwear shoot yet.
The East Londoner said: “It’s a big shame Victoria’s Secret decided not to be inclusive of trans women within their shows or campaigns.
“Lingerie should be something that all women can enjoy.
“It’s something personal, beautiful and intimate that is a celebration of femininity, something that every woman should have the option of being included in.
“True diversity is the future, let’s leave any form of discrimination or exclusion in the past.”
Munroe, who began her transition as a 19-year-old and has previously revealed how she was bullied at school, is now calling for greater race and LGBTQ+ diversity within fashion.
Bluebella’s campaign champions women from all walks of life to redefine sensuality – with model and fire eater Sophie Lee, 23, who was horrifically burned and albino student Joanne Dion, 21, also starring in the saucy snaps.
Munroe added: “What’s so amazing about lingerie is that it can really emphasise your own femininity.
“I’m proud to be part of a campaign that is encouraging all women to feel empowered and sexy in their own ways, on their own terms.
“I’ve never felt so sure of myself or as empowered as a human being as I do now. It has taken a long time to get to this point where I just feel calmness.
“In the early stages of transition I was scared of the masculine parts of my body but it has changed so much during the process.
“I’m now in a position where I don’t care about other people’s opinions on my appearance.
“I care about the opinions of the people that matter to me, but not so much of people walking down the street.
“If someone knows I’m trans I don’t feel ashamed of that any more. I think it’s something to celebrate and it’s a part of me.”
Emily Bendell, owner of Bluebella, whose underwear is designed by women for women, said: “We chose Munroe to front our #LoveYourself campaign because she has proven herself to be a brave and bold voice, an icon in an age of increasing social awareness.
“She has used her profile to advocate for a fairer world and to empower individuals to fight for positive change.”
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