A new podcast about Victoria’s Key promises to elevate the lid on the brand’s troubling underbelly.

“Fallen Angel” investigates the “very sinister ecosystem” of the lingerie huge and its disturbing connection to Jeffrey Epstein, who was the revenue expert of the company’s founder, Les Wexner.

“I think … Les Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein’s romantic relationship was deep,” Vanessa Grigoriadis, a journalist and the podcast’s co-host, advised The Publish. “And there are numerous individuals who imagine that the bulk of Epstein’s dollars — the revenue that Epstein utilized to buy all these extraordinary qualities and create an picture for himself that attracted all these rich males to his facet, and also abuse all of these females and ladies — most very likely arrived from Les Wexner.”

The two guys were so shut that they shared possession of a sprawling $77 million Higher East Side townhouse. The deed was transferred in 2011 to Epstein’s Virgin Islands-dependent LLC.

Jeffrey Epstein and Lex Wexner’s romance is discussed on “Fallen Angel.”

Epstein was accused by Manhattan prosecutors of utilizing his connections to Victoria’s Key to have unsuspecting ladies “audition” for him at his abode. These would start out with requests for massages and often finish with sexual abuse.

Epstein died in an obvious suicide whilst in federal custody in 2019. The jet-location financier, 66, was facing up to 45 several years in prison on charges of intercourse-trafficking dozens of teenage girls. Wexner later said he had been “taken advantage of” and admitted to becoming “embarrassed” by his ties to Epstein.

Grigoriadis and co-host Justine Harman, the former features director at Glamour magazine, note that the late disgraced dollars manager even owned a household on Wexner’s vast Ohio estate.

“Being witnessed as a single of the men and women with whom Les Wexner had assurance gave you an incredible amount of money of power there,” Harman claimed.

Vanessa Grigoriadis and Justine Harman co-host the podcast, "Fallen Angel: The Victoria's Secret Story."
Vanessa Grigoriadis and Justine Harman co-host the podcast, “Fallen Angel: The Victoria’s Solution Story.”

And it appears that Epstein had no difficulty wielding that electric power when it came to employees of Victoria’s Mystery.

On the podcast, a previous Victoria’s Solution government named Cindy (who questioned that her last name not be utilised in the podcast) remembers getting seated future to Epstein at a birthday celebration for Wexner’s mom at a corporate cafeteria area and being invited by Epstein to an exceptional afterparty at Wexner’s property.

“There was anything that just did not appear proper about it,” Cindy reveals. “I was, if you will, the hired aid. And my boss [Wexner] is possessing an afterparty to which he didn’t invite me? … I really do not even know who this male [Epstein] is, so I declined.”

Cindy recalls another time Epstein allegedly contacted her on the phone outlining that he was often in Columbus, Ohio — where by the lingerie corporation was based mostly — and “could use some feminine companionship.” When Cindy demurred, he “very immediately received off the cell phone,” she says.

Epstein allegedly tried a third time with Cindy, inviting her to be part of him in Aspen for another Wexner bash, but she states she declined the offer you.


The 8-episode podcast also delves into what it takes to be a VS product — Dorothea Barth-Jörgensen remembers having to bicycle to a casting call during Hurricane Sandy and making sure her spray tan didn’t run — but the present definitely focuses on the harmful body picture that the lingerie large apparently promoted, which prompted several of the styles to go down a “path of ingesting issues, inadequate wellbeing, despair, nervousness, and other concerns,” according to a push release.

Model Erin Heatherton walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Erin Heatherton walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria’s Magic formula Vogue Demonstrate.
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“One Victoria’s Top secret Angel, Erin Heatherton, advised us that she was on a material known as phentermine,” reported Harman. “She was having that on a each day basis…it will help you drop a pound a day.”

In an impending episode of the podcast, Heatherton claims that all around the age of 25 she recognized her body had transformed and “I was just a little bit even bigger.”

“That pushed me in excess of the edge a minimal little bit. It absolutely led me down this route where by I went to see this nutritionist who started out me on this eating plan pill identified as phentermine, which my therapist later on called ‘bathwater meth,’” says Heatherton. “I really do not know. I was just like, ‘Let me Lance Armstrong this due to the fact I’m renovating my condo. I can’t reduce my work suitable now.’ I started injecting myself with HCG [human chorionic gonadotropin, sometimes used in conjunction with phentermine].”

Phentermine is an amphetamine-like prescription medication utilized to suppress appetite that carries with it a host of side outcomes which includes greater coronary heart fee.

“We’re speaking about an presently lean product losing fat,” Harman claimed. “They might reduce the muscle mass, which could make a viewer at residence believe, ‘Oh, she does not seem that wholesome.’ But when these gals have these chiseled abdomens and these sculpted arms, even if they are so skinny, we tell ourselves she’s an athlete, that is just what her physique seems to be like.”

In fact, for a long time, the ladies’ intense pre-runway health and fitness regimens ended up highlighted by the brand and the media, with the tagline “Train Like an Angel.”

Model Bridget Malcolm on the runway for Victoria Secret.
Model Bridget Malcolm on the runway in 2016, when she said she wore a small 30A bra dimensions.
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“And for me, that’s the place the most nefarious element of the full operation comes into engage in,” Harman stated. “Because it teaches younger girls and girls this is what women of all ages seem like when even the Angels themselves have to go to these ridiculous actions to make confident that they do not glimpse frail when they’re starving themselves.”

Other versions have spoken out about the brand’s unrealistic magnificence standards, like Bridget Malcolm. The Australian product has been open up on social media about struggling from an eating ailment in order to obtain “sample size” and claimed that her agents even inspired her to do cocaine to lose fat.

Victoria’s Key was the biggest lingerie brand name in the globe for decades, but now designs together with Sharam Diniz (from remaining), Bridget Malcolm and Erin Heatherton — who states she turned to “bathwater meth” to keep skinny — are speaking out on the new podcast “Fallen Angel.” Also explored is the friendship amongst the brand’s previous boss Les Wexner and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
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This past summer season, she posted a TikTok online video exhibiting how shockingly tiny the dimensions 30A bra was that she wore in the 2016 runway show. She claimed in the online video that the future calendar year, when she experienced developed to a 30B, Ed Razek, the former chief marketing officer for L Brands, turned down her and claimed she “did not glance fantastic more than enough.”

Razek retired from the firm in 2019 soon after creating a collection of inflammatory comments, like that “transsexual” types really should not be forged for the VS runway “because the show is a fantasy.” Rumblings of other alleged misconduct emerged: In 2020, he was accused in a lawsuit of presiding over a “hostile abusive ecosystem rife with sexual harassment,” which also named him Wexner’s “right hand man” who “ruled with impunity.” The suit was settled in July.


Malcolm also spoke to the podcast about her experience as a VS design and claims that, despite remaining “so hungry,” she would operate out in some cases 2 times a day.

“I was reliant on anti-panic treatment to get by way of the night….My system was not performing,” she claims in the podcast. “I did not come to feel current at all. I was not there.”

“I’m one particular of a great number of girls, not just versions, but females all all-around the world who have been damaged by the tale that they place out,” Malcolm promises. “And I know amongst styles, it has damage so a lot of of us.

Model Sharam Diniz walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2015.
Design Sharam Diniz walks the runway through the 2015 Victoria’s Magic formula Trend Display.
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“I have identified PTSD, complex PTSD. I have had really poor panic attacks and I’ve experienced some truly, actually major psychological health and fitness struggles that weren’t in my lifestyle prior to Victoria’s Mystery and modeling.”

Design Sharam Diniz states in the podcast that her life significantly altered when she snagged a coveted VS spot.

“From that minute, my life altered. The way I would educate would be distinctive. The way I would consume would be diverse,” she says. “The way I would behave with men and women during work would be fully distinct.”

Earlier this calendar year the model did a main overhaul, changing lithe winged styles with gals of varying sizes and shapes in a belated action in the direction of entire body positivity. The “inclusive” women of all ages in the new advertisement marketing campaign contain soccer star Megan Rapinoe, size 14 product Paloma Elsesser and actress Priyanka Chopra.

Despite the brand’s the latest about-deal with, Grigoriadis informed The Post that its problematic journey, and outsized affect together the way, deserves to be dissected. “I grew up with this things pumping via my veins. And it has in no way definitely been grappled with in the way that we do in this podcast,” she mentioned.

“We all bought into this for a really extended time and with no proper questioning…40 several years of wreaking havoc on women’s psyches. And they have to answer to that.”