Victoria’s Secret’s Geisha Collection: Is It Racist?
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Victoria's Secret's new "Go East" collection features a controversial lingerie call 'Sexy Little Geisha' some critics are calling racist.


  Image: Victoria's Secret/ International Business Times    BY JASMINE BAILEY   While we may not know all of Victoria’s secrets, could one of them be racism? Here’s WTTE with details of Victoria’s Secret’s new controversial collection.   “Some say Victoria’s Secret’s new ‘Go East’ collection just crosses the line. It feature’s Asian inspired lingerie like the ‘Sexy Little Geisha’ outfit that you are seeing here.”   “Sexy Little Geisha” has been deemed by some critics, the most offensive outfit of the collection. It includes a fan and chopsticks. The accompanying description read: "Your ticket to an exotic adventure. Sexy little fantasies, there's one for every sexy you."   Historically speaking , geisha’s were often wandering orphaned girls thrust into a culture of beauty-obsessed elite. The women were entertainers to male audiences and often sold sexual services. So, when the catalog encourages shoppers to “Indulge in touches of Eastern Delight,” a blogger for Racialicious writes …   “…it reinforces a narrative that says that all Asian cultures–and their women–are exotic, far away but easy to access. It’s a troubling attempt to sidestep authentic representation and humanization of a culture and opt instead for racialized fetishizing against Asian women.”   The collection is no longer available on Victoria’s Secret website.  So a writer for Bust Magazine dug a little deeper.   “I looked up their press contact (and they) suggested that the product had sold out. However, when pressed, they couldn’t confirm that the piece had, in fact, sold out. Nor could they explain why an error message comes up on the website even for a general search of the phrase ‘go east.’”   Outside of that report, there’s been no official word yet from any Victoria’s Secret representatives.