Over the weekend, British tabloid The Sun published an article about the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show claiming that Cara Delevingne was turned away during castings in 2014 for being "bloated." The piece went on to describe the "extraordinary lengths" models go to in order to get a Victoria's Secret-approved body, even though they may be "treated as 'meat'" in the process.
Seeing such a publication rag on a popular retailer — or print unflattering allegations about a famous woman's body — isn't exactly surprising. What made this instance noteworthy, however, is that both Victoria's Secret and Delevingne herself responded.
On Friday morning, Delevingne posted an image to her Instagram of a signed letter from Victoria's Secret CMO Ed Razek that called The Sun's allegations "a complete fabrication."
According to the letter, Victoria's Secret made every effort to secure Cara for its London show. "I know," wrote Razek, "because I was the one making the effort… You were the first person invited, months ahead of anyone else." The statement went on to explain that the only reason Cara didn't walk was because of scheduling conflicts due to a movie she was filming at that time.
"You would have made the show better, as you do anything and everything you’re involved in," he wrote. Razek then went on to extend an invitation for Delevingne to join this year's runway show — "no casting necessary" — in Paris on Nov. 30.
Delevingne's posting of the letter — accompanied by the caption "it's shameless to discuss women's bodies just to sell papers" — made it clear how she felt about the article. If the writer of the piece was hoping to gain support for their critique of Victoria's Secret, it looks like they picked the wrong girl.