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Victoria’s Secret to feature first size-14 model, Ali Tate-Cutler

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 09/10/2019 Storm Gifford
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A prominent lingerie company is unveiling a big secret.

Size-14 model Ali Tate-Cutler announced late last week that she would be featured in Victoria’s Secret’s new ad campaign in collaboration with Bluebella.

“I believe I’m the first size-14 on Victoria’s Secret,” Tate-Cutler wrote on Instagram. “Regardless I’m pretty stoked to work with a brand I idolized when I was a teen. Great step in the right direction for bodies.”

Tate-Cutler told E! News that she was chosen to work with Bluebella in London and her work would be on full display at Victoria’s Secret.

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Had some frank body talks with @stylelikeu on their channel. Getting real about how I never acknowledged my body when I was younger because I never wanted people to really look at mine and realize I was fat. I thought if I didn’t acknowledge it, no one would notice. Then when I started “plus size” modeling, I had so many mixed feelings because now everyone knew I was the very thing I had been trying to hide. The most beautiful thing happened after I had been modeling for a while and started seeing models who were above size 14s that were unbelievably gorgeous. The programming in my mind started rewiring and I realized I too could be gorgeous, at any size. Editing the people you follow and surround yourself with does wonders.

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“When I went in (Oct. 4) to the (Victoria’s Secret) store for the launch of the collaboration, it felt surreal,” recalled the 5-foot-10 model. “I never expected that I was going to see an image of myself on the wall next to these top supermodels that I have been looking up to since I was a little girl.”

For years, Victoria’s Secret has been slammed for its lack of large-sized models.

Singer Halsey and model Kate Upton have previous criticized the company for focusing on svelte female physiques.

“You have to be body-inclusive now, every woman needs to be represented; otherwise, it’s a snoozefest,” said Upton, 27, back in August.

Halsey slammed Victoria’s Secret’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek after publicly stating that he had no desire to ever cast transgender or plus-size models for the brand’s annual fashion show.

“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity," the singer-actress wrote on Instagram. “Especially not one motivated by stereotype.”

Razek resigned in early August, around the same time Victoria’s Secret hired 22-year-old Brazilian beauty Valentina Sampaio as its first openly transgender model.

Gallery: Backstage At Victoria's Secret: Angel Gossip & Supermodel Beauty! (Refinery29)

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