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Victoria’s Secret signs first size-14 model

Victoria’s Secret has tapped its first size-14 model — but the lingerie giant didn’t announce the news, and its customers learned about it on the model’s Instagram feed. The struggling bra-and-panties peddler, which for decades has used only skinny models in its fashion shows and marketing campaigns, signed plus-size model Ali Tate Cutler as part of its new partnership with London-based lingerie brand Bluebella. Victoria’s Secret announced the Bluebella tie-up last week, noting in a press release that the UK label — which includes plus-size models in its ads alongside skinny ones — is about “self-love, self-acceptance and championing individuality.” Nevertheless, it was Cutler herself who revealed that Victoria’s ...