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The dark underbelly of Victoria's Secret has once again been revealed in a new docuseries out this week.
Whether you watched the runway shows, bought the lingerie, or followed the cult 'Angels' on social media, chances are you encountered Victoria's Secret in one way or another. From the 1990s to 2018, the world's biggest lingerie brand would host a televised fashion show that often reinforced the standard of what 'sexy' looked like.
And it was completely unattainable.
In the era of the #MeToo movement and inclusive brands like Aerie, ThirdLove and Rihanna's Savage X Fenty moving into the market and promoting the sex appeal of all body types, Victoria's Secret refused to adapt. And people noticed.
Sales dropped. Viewership plummeted. And the continual allegations of sexism, harassment and bullying arose. Victoria's Secret seemingly turned a blind eye to... all of it.
This is exactly what Victoria's Secret: Angels And Demons aimed to uncover.
So without further ado, here's what we've learned from the docuseries.
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1. Victoria's Secret former CEO Les Wexner had ties to the late Jeffrey Epstein.
Billionaire Les Wexner was the CEO of Victoria's Secret from 1982 to 2020, and when he acquired the lingerie company, he transformed it into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.
But in 2020, Wexner stepped down from the role following pressure from investors, after he came under scrutiny due to his relationship with late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Wexner met Epstein sometime around 1986, according to Vanity Fair, and soon afterward, Wexner hired Epstein to be his personal money manager, as well as making him a trustee of his charitable foundation.
According to the docuseries, Epstein positioned himself as 'a model recruiter' for the lingerie brand in the mid-'90s.