Consider the new Victoria's Secret documentary, Angels and Demons, a secret exposed.
The controversial brand faced its ups and downs throughout the years, and now, the luxurious facade has faded. The new three-part docu-series takes us behind the scenes, proving that undies, bralettes and loungewear are arguably the least significant factors of the business.
"There's a number of red flags...and so many questions," we hear in the trailer.
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Victoria's Secret documentary: 'Angels and Demons' trailer
We get a star-studded look at the infamous Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and the "Angels" who walked the runway. But A-list models and sexy lingerie aside, the man behind the company—billionaire Leslie Wexner—had close ties to late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
"There wasn't a part of Wexner's empire that Epstein didn't have access to—20 companies, 19 trusts, real estate," we hear in the teaser.
But Epstein was but one of many red flags, as mentioned. The fact that the male-owned company created its own idea of what a woman should look like, led to demeaning behavior, sexual harassment and misogyny.
"This abuse was just laughed off and accepted as normal," Casey Crowe Taylor, a former public relations employee at Victoria’s Secret, told The New York Times (opens in new tab). "It was almost like brainwashing. And anyone who tried to do anything about it wasn’t just ignored. They were punished."
With this new project, we learn how the fashion world was intertwined with scandal.
How to watch 'Angels and Demons'
The three-part documentary, directed by Matt Tyrnauer, is now available for streaming on Hulu. Subscription options are available below.
Victoria's Secret rebrand
In 2020, following the reveal of Wexner's close connection to Epstein, he stepped down as CEO of the company, right as sales began to plummet. Now that there is an overhaul of team members, a new ad campaign and a new vision, it seems Victoria's Secret is headed in the opposite direction.
Styles are not as extravagant and women of all races, sizes and abilities are making their appearance in the ads and, perhaps most notably of all, the fashion show is gone.
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"At the new Victoria's Secret, we make no excuses for the past. We know the old VS lost touch with many of you, projected a damaging standard of beauty, and perpetuated a toxic culture," VS wrote on Instagram. "Today, we are proud to be a different company, with a new leadership team and mission to welcome, celebrate, and champion all women."
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Instead of the Angels, we have the new VS Collective (opens in new tab): 10 women of different backgrounds, including Naomi Osaka, Megan Rapinoe, Adut Akech and Bella Hadid, who are considered "an unparalleled group of trailblazing partners who share a common goal to drive positive change."
Time will tell how the future of the now mostly-female Victoria's Secret will play out.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
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