Heidi Zak Of ThirdloveHeidi Zak (left) and Ra'el Cohen, founders of ThirdLove. Continuing her crusade against Razek, Zak further describes Victoria's Secret's ignorance, noting how obviously they market towards men selling a male fantasy to women” and the complete disregard for the reality we live in: the reality where women go to work, breastfeed their children, play sports, care for ailing parents, and serve their country” and aren't limited by archaic ideas of femininity.
Avid Victoria's Secret enthusiasts and critics alike have voiced their disappointment, one of the most angered being ThirdLove co-founder and co-CEO Heidi Zak, who took a full page ad in the New York Times to pen an open letter to the lingerie brand.
For instance, she felt not enough people told her how hard it was going to be, whereas I wished more people had told me how doable it all is. It took Zak a few months to bond with her first child, something a lot of women go through, but few openly talk about.
Ahead of the annual VS Fashion Show, model Robyn Lawley started a petition encouraging a boycott of the show due to its lack of size diversity, according to Teen Vogue ; she partnered with ThirdLove, who donated a bra to the Support the Girls organization for every Instagram post hashtagged #weareallangels.
Several former and current employees spoke to the outlet about their experiences with the brand, charging that co-CEO David Spector — who is much less visible that his wife, co-CEO Heidi Zak — contributes to an intimidating, dismissive, condescending, and bullying management style, and the company as a whole isn't quite so pro-female-employee as its public image might make it seem.
In the midst of his many incendiary comments objectifying women and essentially describing the brand and the fashion show as a male fantasy, Razek also seemed to single out the upstart lingerie brand ThirdLove—dismissively—as the counterpoint to Victoria's Secret.
Our team in Chico are experienced fit stylists who consult with our customers on their particular bra fit issues. First, they wanted an online brand that enabled women to shop Heidi Zak co-CEO ThirdLove from comfort and security of their home. She was proposing an ecommerce company solving a pain point few VCs intrinsically get: How horrible bra shopping is for most women.