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Victoria's Secret pulls 'Sexy Little Geisha' after backlash

Published: 12:33PM Wednesday September 26, 2012 Source: ONE News

  • The Sexy Little Geisha outfit on the Victoria's Secret website. (Source: Supplied)
    The Sexy Little Geisha outfit on the Victoria's Secret website. - Source: Supplied

Victoria's Secret has pulled an entire lingerie collection from its website after it came under fire from critics who slammed it as racist.

The Go East collection of Asian-inspired lingerie wear has disappeared from the Victoria's Secret website following outcry online over one particular outfit called Sexy Little Geisha, the Daily Mail reported.

The 'Eastern-inspired' ensemble consists of a mesh teddy, a mini fan and removable obi-belt in the same print, and hair chopsticks with tassels.

Despite the product being removed from the Victoria's Secret website, screen grabs of Victoria Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel in the outfit have gone viral.

Racialicious, a blog focusing on the "intersection of race and pop culture", accused Victoria's Secret of reducing Eastern culture to a stereotype of exotic sexuality.

"It's the kind of overt racism masked behind claims of inspired fashion and exploring sexual fantasy that makes my skin crawl," blogger Nina Jacinto commented.

Pop culture website, The Frisky, has also weighed in, saying that it was "a sex costume, really" that was designed "to make your lingerie 'exotic' and signify the sexual submission and exploitation of Asian women".

And Jada Wong from Styleite.com said the look was "offensive to Asian women".

But a user called Inna posted on the Styleite.com blog that the backlash was "ridiculous".

"Might as well pull off "sexy french maid" for sexualizing french women. It's meant to be playful and sexy ...not degrading. Some people are bored and need to worry about more important things then this."

Victoria's Secret is yet to make a statement on the line, or its disappearance.

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