Victoria's Secret models sang the n-word in 'Bodak Yellow' backstage.

Screengrab via Pop Crave/Twitter

Victoria’s Secret models caught singing the N-word in backstage footage

The racial slur can be heard loud and clear with no black model in sight.


Danielle Ransom


Posted on Nov 29, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 9:32 am CDT

Less than a day after Victoria’s Secret drew criticism for airing footage of model Ming Xi falling on the runway and then crying backstage at the fashion show, some of its models are catching heat themselves.

Backstage footage surfaced online last night showing several models saying the N-word before the show. 

Pop Crave, an entertainment news Twitter account, posted a video showing the models and members of the production crew gearing up for the annually televised show. As crew members dance around the room, the camera pans around on the models, the majority of whom are white, singing along to Cardi B’s popular summer hit “Bodak Yellow.” The N-word can be heard right before the lyrics “Don’t get comfortable.”

Users were quick to call the models out, with some even suggesting the fashion retailer fire the models.

Victoria’s Secret has not responded to the video.

It’s been a rough year for the company’s annual fashion event, which was held in Shanghai. Four models were denied work visas by China, thus barred from walking in the show, and neither Gigi Hadid nor Taylor Swift showed up.

Earlier this year, Hadid came under fire after a video surfaced online of the model squinting her eyes while holding a cookie shaped like Buddha.

Victoria’s Secret has long been plagued by accusations of cultural appropriation and increasing criticism about the lack of body diversity in its models. If this backstage video incident isn’t handled right, it could be another strike against a company with waning relevancy amongst millennials.

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*First Published: Nov 29, 2017, 7:45 pm CST