Wikipedia Doesn’t Want Victoria’s Secret Model Elena Matei, but We Do

Wikipedia is a weird website. It’s one of the most visited websites in the world, but it’s mostly run by unpaid volunteers, and that means people who are willing to do a lot of work for nothing but a tiny amount of power to lord over other people. What could go wrong?

One of the things that went wrong is that Elena Matei’s Wikipedia entry was denied because she’s not “notable” enough, despite appearing in Russell James’ book Angels. Here’s how Wikipedia put it:

This submission’s references do not show that the subject qualifies for a Wikipedia article—that is, they do not show significant coverage (not just passing mentions) about the subject in published, reliable, secondary sources that are independent of the subject (see the guidelines on the notability of people). Before any resubmission, additional references meeting these criteria should be added (see technical help). If no additional references exist, the subject is not suitable for Wikipedia.

The rejected article has 24 sources, many of which are interviews with Matei, and the user who declined the article claims to be part of a project to turn “red links” about women into “blue links,” which means making Wikipedia pages about women who don’t have them but are mentioned in other articles. Women like Elena Matei, who has a red link on the List of Victoria’s Secret Models page.

Wikipedia may not want Elena, but we do.

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Such a happiness and a joy to be part of ANGELS❤️ READ THIS!!! Repost from @russelljames using @RepostRegramApp – The last 4 years I have worked every spare moment I have had in a project if passion I call ‘Angels Collectors Edition’. It’s quite surreal that tomorrow I will finally be previewing my first true Limited Edition Collectors Book and new fine art collection. The book will only ever be 1000 Limited Editions and 200 ‘art’ editions. The art collection already has requests to tour the world. I’m so grateful to everyone who made this possible. And most especially and of course, to all the amazing women who have collaborated with me to create this most humbling collection – Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Alexina Graham, Behati Prinsloo, Bella Hadid, Candice Swanepoel, Carolyn Murphy, Catherine McNeil, Chelsea Salmon, Cindy Crawford, Constance Jablonski, Elaine Irwin, Elena Matei, Elsa Hosk, Gigi Hadid, Gizele Oliveira, Hailey Baldwin, Heidi Klum, Hilary Rhoda, Isabeli Fontana, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Julia Stegner, Kendall Jenner, Lais Ribeiro, Lily Aldridge, Lily Donaldson, Magdalena Frackowiak, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, Toni Garrn, Vita Sidorkina As my co-host for tomorrow @cindycrawford points out in her foreword for the book, there is a whole lot of shared trust in these pages. I look forward to the premiere tomorrow night and sharing more with everyone soon. #angelsfineartcollection

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I don’t know about you, but I’d give her a Wikipedia page if she asked.

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