Back in the day, Victoria’s Secret and its annual fashion show was a pretty big deal. A who’s who of “I fucked Leonardo DiCaprio!” lingerie models strutting down the runway in elaborate wings. For whatever reason, the people were obsessed. I guess because… titties? But this was before #MeToo and a little something called “inclusivity.” In 2018, Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, said he wouldn’t cast trans or plus-sized models, and, the following year, the fashion show was cancelled. It has yet to return. In 2020 a bunch of VS models signed an open letter urging the company to “take concrete action to change its culture of misogyny and abuse.” The letter referenced a New York Times exposé that accused Ed Razek of sexual harassment.
But Ed being gross wasn’t Victoria’s biggest secret. The dirtiest laundry is that the company’s former CEO, Lex Wexner, had close ties to Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly recruited young girls through VS. Now there’s a Hulu docuseries about these allegations and the company’s downfall, and the trailer just dropped. It’s called Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons, and if you thought the Abercrombie & Fitch documentary was seedy, hold onto your perky little supermodel butts.
Victoria’s Secret was once the epitome of “hot” and the nostril-destroying scent of all their lotions and sprays and shit ruled malls for years, but then the lingerie industry started to evolve and people asked, “Hey, you only use impossibly-thin mostly white women and that’s not really the vibe anymore.” And VS said: “Get fucked.” Until they didn’t! Now Victoria’s Secret is leaning all the way in. They are done with the Victoria’s Secret Angels and have cast soccer Queen and World Cup winner, Megan Rapinoe, and actress, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, as part of their new inclusive rebranding. Well, it ain’t no secret why Victoria is doing this: declining relevance.
Victoria’s Secret is now pulling a Hail Fucking Mary as they have been fighting the tide of declining sales and store closures. Two years ago, former Victoria’s Secret CMO, Ed Razek said that VS would never use “transsexual” models because they sell a “fantasy,” and that they tried to do a TV special starring plus-size models in the past, but nobody had an interest in it, so they kept all the plus-size lingerie in their sister company Lane Bryant. Since then, Ed lost his job, the company swapped CEOs, sales crashed, and they cancelled their big annual fashion show. So now they have to try to lure in the women their asses shunned.
Well folks, it’s the end of an era. Pump out a spritz of sticky sweet Eau So Sexy Dream Angel eau de parfum for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. According to USA Today (fitting), the annual parade of culturally confused be-winged Angels has officially been cancelled this year. The American flag on Leonardo DiCaprio’s yacht is flying at half mast today.
One year ago, Ed Razek – the creator of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – claimed he didn’t want to send trans models or plus models down the runway, because VS sells a “fantasy.” Ever since then, it’s been bad news for Vicky. Former models (and almost-models) have called out the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which is probably not happening this year, for being outdated, tacky, and having a vary narrow idea when it comes to women. And now there’s some more comments from Bella Hadid that definitely won’t be making the VS publicity team very happy.
The hearts and boners of horny middle-aged dads and preteen boys broke last month when it was reported that the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show might not happen this year. Some models were disappointed. Other models, like Karlie Kloss, were perhaps applauding the rumored decision. And then there’s model Kate Upton, who isn’t really that bothered, because the whole spectacle was starting to get pretty boring to her.