Setting the record straight! Though supermodel Jessica Hart reportedly said that performer Taylor Swift "just didn't fit" at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, the brand's chief marketing officer, Edward Razek, was thrilled with the pop singer's performance. What's more, he tells Us Weekly exclusively that Hart's comments were misinterpreted.
On Nov. 13, Hart was asked by WWD at the fashion show's after-party whether Swift could pull off being a Victoria's Secret model. "God bless her heart. I think she's great," said Hart. "But I don't know, to me, she didn't fit."
Today, Razek has come forward to clarify Hart's comments. "I have personally been in contact with Jessica Hart and she said she was 'wildly misinterpreted' and that she thought Taylor was 'amazing,'" Razek tells Us. "She is stunned that anyone would think differently. And that's something we can all agree on."
Razek continues, "I can tell you that everyone at Victoria's Secret was blown away by Taylor's performance. She could not be more beautiful or talented, that we felt extremely lucky to have her, and that she is welcome back to do the show anytime she wants."
Indeed, the Angels themselves had a wonderful time with the young songstress, 23, he says: "I know that for fact. I talked to them. If you don't believe me, look at the Angels Instagram posts. Wherever possible they posted shots of themselves with Taylor. In fact, they insisted she be in the 2013 Angels class picture that was taken at the end of the show, and nearly all asked to have a picture taken with her backstage. She is as good and strong and powerful and beautiful an artist as I've ever come across."
"Taylor's not ready to be an Angel? She's more than ready to be anything she wants to be," he says. "I could not have more respect for this woman, or be more appreciative of her participation, and I can speak for the entire VS brand, the crew, and most certainly the Angels."
He adds: "We honestly could not have been happier with Taylor. She rocked the house. Sounded great. Looked stunning. And had the best time with the Angels. Some things I let slide. But not this. It couldn't be more wrong."
The 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will air on Dec. 10 at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.