Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2019 cancelled as bosses work to 'evolve' marketing strategy

Sean Morrison
Kendall joins Winnie Harlow, Gigi Hadid and Alexina Graham on the runway: AFP/Getty Images

This year's Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has officially been cancelled.

The lingerie brand's parent company L Brands confirmed the extravaganza would be not be going ahead, with its chief finance officer saying the firm needed to "evolve" its marketing strategy.

TV ratings had been gradually diminishing and last year’s show attracted the lowest viewership since its inception. It had also faced increasing criticism over an alleged lack of diversity on the runway.

The show featured some of the world's top supermodels sporting jewel-encrusted bras and angel wings.

Kendall Jenner joins Winnie Harlow, Gigi Hadid and Alexina Graham on the runway at 2018's show (AFP/Getty Images)

News of the 2019 event's cancellation was confirmed on Thursday, months after the Australian model and Victoria's Secret Angel Shanina Shaik told the Daily Telegraph it would not be going ahead.

In an earnings call with investors, L Brands chief financial officer Stuart Burgdoerfer said: "We think it's important to evolve the marketing of Victoria's Secret.

"It was a very important part of the brand building of this business and was an important aspect of the brand and a remarkable marketing achievement.

"We're figuring out how to advance the positioning of the brand and best communicate that to customers."

The news comes amid declining sales for the Victoria's Secret brand.

The fashion show, which launched in 1995, was once a major pop culture event and at its peak was watched by millions of viewers each year.

However, last year it fell to its lowest ratings ever and the show had started to attract criticism, with allegations it was sexist and outdated.

There was a furious response to a 2108 interview with Ed Razek, then the chief marketing officer at L Brands, who suggested "transsexual" models should not be part of the event because "the show is a fantasy".

"It's a 42-minute entertainment special. That's what it is," he told Vogue. Mr Razek later apologised for the comments and left the company earlier this year.

Models - known in the context of the show as "Angels" - who have taken part in the event over the years include a who's who of the fashion world.

Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and Gigi Hadid have all appeared.

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