The Victoria’s Secret runway show is tonight (airing December 10) and that means several things. Angels are busy toning up and tweeting their wings-ready bods; host Taylor Swift is hard at work rehearsing her girl-power schtick; and organizers are hunting down and tossing out every last Native American headdress. All the while, a petition urging VS to hire its first transgender model is gaining steam.
Marco Regalado, an LGBT resident of Merced, California, has launched a Change.org campaign asking Victoria’s Secret to seriously consider hiring Carmen Carrera, a former contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race and the show’s first transgender woman. Fully transitioning after her season aired, Carrera aspires to be a model (she’s already appeared in W magazine) and Regalado thinks she has the chops to walk a Victoria’s Secret runway.
“Victoria’s Secret is well-known for launching the careers of supermodels and being an iconic American brand,” says Regalado. “Victoria’s Secret Angels push the barriers, whether it’s on the runway or in photo shoots — and that’s just what Carmen does! She’s a force to be reckoned with and deserves to walk the same runway as legends like Gisele and Heidi Klum.”