Basit Mahmood Friday 8 Nov 2019 2:06 pm The artist behind Virgin Atlantic’s ‘flying lady’ logo is fuming, after the company replaced it with a black woman. Disgruntled Ken White says he cannot understand why the pin-up image he created 35 years ago, needs to be diversified to better reflect modern Britain. Mr White, 72, from Swindon, 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. In August, Virgin unveiled the first of its fleet of twelve Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, featuring a black woman wearing a white blouse and red shorts.
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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.