Artist’s anger as Virgin’s ‘flying lady’ logo is replaced with black woman

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Ken White used to work as an artist for Richard Branson
Ken White used to work as an artist for Richard Branson

The artist behind ’s ‘flying lady’ logo is fuming, after the corporate replaced it with a black woman.

Disgruntled Ken White says he can not perceive why the pin-up picture he created 35 years in the past, must be diversified to raised mirror trendy Britain.

Mr White, 72, from Swindon, was given the job to return up with the design, whereas he labored as Sir Richard Branson’s artist at Virgin between 1978 and 1990.

He created the ‘Scarlet Lady’ after being requested to provide one thing much like the artwork painted on World War Two planes and that of Peruvian pin-up artist Albero Vargas.

In August, Virgin unveiled the primary of its fleet of twelve Airbus A350-1000 plane, that includes a black woman sporting a white shirt and pink shorts.

Mr White stated: ‘It was a design which I believed labored and was modified to incorporate the British flag, however then I learn that they had been altering it to a homosexual person and a black woman.

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‘I don’t perceive what was fallacious with it within the first place; it was an icon and folks knew the airline for it.

FILE PICTURE - Sir Richard Branson lands in Edinburgh to launch Virgin Atlantic Little Red, the new UK domestic service from Virgin Atlantic, April 8 2013 - Pictured on the plane is the 'Scarlet Lady' design. Ken White, an artist who designed the iconic Virgin Atlantic 'flying lady' logo is fuming - after the company replaced it with a black woman and a gay person. See SWNS story SWBRvirgin. Disgruntled Ken White cannot understand why the pin-up image he created 35 years ago needs to be diversified to better reflect modern Britain. The 72-year-old, from Swindon, Wilts., was given the job to come up with the design while he worked as Sir Richard Branson's artist at Virgin between 1978 and 1990. He created the 'Scarlet Lady' after being asked to produce something similar to the art painted on World War Two planes and that of Peruvian pin-up artist Albero Vargas. Although the woman changed, the style and shape has endured - until the recent diversification. The airline unveiled the first of its fleet of twelve Airbus A350-1000 aircraft - which features a black woman wearing a white blouse and red shorts - in August. Mr White said: "It was a design which I thought worked and was changed to include the British flag, but then I read that they were changing it to a gay person and a black woman. "I don't understand what was wrong with it in the first place; it was an icon and people knew the airline for it. "With the diversifying of the image you wonder where it will all end. It is disappointing." Virgin announced the move in April, with the twelve new aircraft bearing the changes to be rolled out by the end of 2021.
The authentic ‘flying lady’ logo, created 35 years in the past (Picture: SWNS)
Undated handout photo issued by Virgin Atlantic Airways of Virgin Atlantic?s new flying icon on the side of one of their planes 'Red Velvet', the first of its fleet of 12 new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to bear the new icon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 28, 2019. The airline announced in April that its new planes would display a diverse range of men and women ?representing modern Britain? instead of its traditional Varga Girl images. Livery applied to Virgin Atlantic?s other new planes will include a black man and a gay man. See PA story AIR Virgin. Photo credit should read: Virgin Atlantic Airways/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The new logo was unveiled to raised mirror trendy Britain (Picture: PA)
Ken White, an artist who designed the iconic Virgin Atlantic 'flying lady' logo is fuming - after the company replaced it with a black woman and a gay person. See SWNS story SWBRvirgin. Disgruntled Ken White cannot understand why the pin-up image he created 35 years ago needs to be diversified to better reflect modern Britain. The 72-year-old, from Swindon, Wilts., was given the job to come up with the design while he worked as Sir Richard Branson's artist at Virgin between 1978 and 1990. He created the 'Scarlet Lady' after being asked to produce something similar to the art painted on World War Two planes and that of Peruvian pin-up artist Albero Vargas. Although the woman changed, the style and shape has endured - until the recent diversification. The airline unveiled the first of its fleet of twelve Airbus A350-1000 aircraft - which features a black woman wearing a white blouse and red shorts - in August. Mr White said: "It was a design which I thought worked and was changed to include the British flag, but then I read that they were changing it to a gay person and a black woman. "I don't understand what was wrong with it in the first place; it was an icon and people knew the airline for it. "With the diversifying of the image you wonder where it will all end. It is disappointing." Virgin announced the move in April, with the twelve new aircraft bearing the changes to be rolled out by the end of 2021.
Ken White, says he is dissatisfied by the change (Picture: Somerset Live / SWNS)

‘With the diversifying of the image you wonder where it will all end. It is disappointing.’

Virgin introduced the transfer in April, with the twelve new plane bearing the adjustments to be rolled out by the tip of 2021.

Nikki Humphrey, senior vice-president of individuals at Virgin, stated: ‘The saying goes you can’t be what you’ll be able to’t see and that has by no means been more true than the aviation business’s glamorous picture prior to now.

‘By introducing our new Flying Icons I hope it encourages people from all backgrounds to feel at home flying with us, but also working with us.’

A spokesman for the model added yesterday: ‘Virgin Atlantic is extremely proud to welcome its new Flying Icons, representing modern Britain, through a diverse range of men and women.’

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