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The 2019 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Is Canceled

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

For two decades, Victoria's Secret has sponsored a fashion show.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Iconic.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: The wings.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Successful.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Confident women.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #3: Really powerful young women.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Tyra Banks. Heidi Klum.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Gisele Bundchen.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #3: Adriana.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Helena Christensen.

INSKEEP: Now the event is no more. The retailer's parent company has canceled the show ahead of the holiday season, saying it's time to evolve.

SARAH SPELLINGS: This is the only fashion show that was a true TV spectacle, kind of like a major football game.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Sarah Spellings writes for The Cut. She says that the Victoria's Secret show was central to the company's brand.

SPELLINGS: If they continue to not have the show and the show never comes back, I think they have the risk of losing their position as the No. 1 aspirational intimate apparel brand for young women in America.

MARTIN: Critics said the show did a bad job of illustrating body diversity and that they were guilty of objectifying beauty. Spelling says response to the cancellation has been generally positive.

SPELLINGS: It's like, OK, this is a tradition that we no longer need to have.

INSKEEP: Although she says this does not automatically mean an end to the brand.

SPELLINGS: A lot of people wear and shop at Victoria's Secret. So this is a big blow to Victoria's Secret, but I'm wary of suggesting that it is a symbol of the demise of Victoria's Secret.

MARTIN: The cancellation comes just months after a blast of bad publicity. The parent company's CEO was criticized for his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the money manager tied to the serial abuse of women and girls.

(SOUNDBITE OF WINTER CHILLOUT PARTY MUSIC CLUB'S "SENSUAL WALKING") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.