Victoria’s Secret is not a foreign name to the public, especially those interested in the fashion and modeling industry. This lingerie company which was founded in 1977 is indeed known as one of the world-class brands that has always succeeded in stealing attention, especially because of its iconic annual event, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
The glittering Victoria’s Secret runway which was regularly held from 1995 to 2018 featured supermodels as the main charm of their event. The models, known as Victoria’s Secret Angels, strolled on stage displaying various collections of lingerie complete with wings that became the hallmark of this event.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was also enlivened by a series of world-class performers. Call it Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, to Lady Gaga, have participated in this big event.
However, behind the excitement of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, one by one the dark side of the annual event began to be revealed and became the public spotlight. Curious? Take a look at the following details.
- Confessions That Go Viral on TikTok
Not many know that Victoria’s Secret is not as beautiful as what they appear in public. Starting from the recognition of Bridget Malcolm who had been one of the Angels at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show through her personal TikTok account, the public began to get an idea of what the life of a Victoria’s Secret model was like behind the scenes.
The Australian model shared her story of being an Angel when she found the bra she was wearing at the show. “I found a bra from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2016. The size is 30A, now I’m 34B which is healthy for me,” he said.
Malcolm also revealed that in 2018 he was turned down to appear by Victoria’s Secret Chief Marketing Officer, Ed Razek. It is said that his appearance was not good enough for the show because Malcolm increased his hip circumference by half an inch.
Looking back on his appearance on stage where the 30B bra size looks so big when worn, Malcolm feels bad to see the sadness hidden behind the smile and the gleam in his eyes.
- Traumatic Experience As Victoria’s Secret Angels
Malcolm’s confession on TikTok is only superficial. When interviewed by 60 Minutes Australia, the 29-year-old model delved deeper into the traumatic experiences she experienced while being a Victoria’s Secret model.
During her status as Angels, Bridget Malcolm’s thoughts are ‘the thinner, the better’ which is not good for her physical, mental and emotional health. Because of that thought, Malcolm often deliberately only drank water and did not eat anything even for 3 days in a row in order to lose weight. As a result, Malcolm could not function normally and often fainted. He also admitted that his menstrual cycle stopped at the age of 25 and his hair fell out.
“I had an eating disorder, I depended on medication for anxiety disorders, and I was always having panic attacks, I was exhausted. My body was malnourished, my mind wasn’t awake properly, and it was endless,” she recalls.
Although no one is forcing him to continue to lose weight, Malcolm admits to having an unhealthy relationship with Victoria’s Secret where the conditions around him felt so restrictive that it became a traumatic experience in his life. However, Malcolm slowly began to recover and was able to move on from his dark past.
- Bullying and Misogyny Culture in the Company
It turns out that Bridget Malcolm is not the only ‘victim’ in this case. Over time, more and more women have dared to speak up about the toxic culture, including bullying and misogyny, which is deeply rooted in Victoria’s Secret.
Take Casey Crow Taylor, for example, who has worked on the Victoria’s Secret Public Relations Team, which helps perfect the annual fashion show. Taylor claimed to have been a victim of bullying and harassment by Ed Razek, the originator of the Victoria’s Secret event and the iconic Angels.
It is said that jokes about physical appearance as well as sexual harassment are common in the company. “I remember being on set with him (Ed Razek) and his assistant, and the assistant cracking jokes that made me feel awkward, like, ‘If I had a dollar for every sexual harassment report I received, I’d be rich,’ and they both laughed. , recalls Taylor.
After that, Taylor realized that there were many Victoria’s Secret employees who had complained about sexual harassment but were eventually silenced by abuse of confidentiality agreements. At least three people he knew were given some money by the company on condition that they did not disclose the matter.
- The Fall of Victoria’s Secret Glory
With more and more dark secrets revealed y
What happened within Victoria’s Secret, especially with regards to Ed Razek, this big company slowly started to crumble. It is widely reported that a number of Victoria’s Secret stores are closing and their sales have fallen from $7.7 billion in 2015 to $5.4 billion in 2020.
In addition to the personal experiences of Bridget Malcolm and Casey Crow Taylor, there are many testimonies that lead to the scandals that have been committed by Ed Razek. Leslie H. Wexner, founder and CEO of L Brands, has reportedly approached and even harassed models, from asking for phone numbers to touching them during fittings. Added to this is Razek’s controversial comments about the curvaceous and transsexual models.
Razek later apologized for his ‘insensitive’ comments and left the company in 2019. In the same year, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show stopped and the company plans to focus on developing interesting and dynamic content and new types of events according to the memo released. by Les Wexner.
Shortly after, in 2020, Les Wexner also resigned. The name Les Wexner had dominated the news because of his relationship with financier Jeffrey Epstein as Wexner’s former financial manager. Epstein was indicted on sex trafficking charges in July 2019 and later died by suicide in prison.