A former Victoria’s Secret model said working with the brand was “traumatic”.
Bridget Malcolm spoke about her experience in an interview with 60 Minutes Australia, which aired on Sunday (September 12).
Before discussing Victoria’s Secret specifically, Malcolm shared an overview of her modeling career in general. She was spotted at the age of 14 in Perth in her native Australia. While making her foray into the modeling world, Malcolm developed an eating disorder, becoming a “shell” of herself.
Still, she continued to book modeling jobs, including at Victoria’s Secret. She walked for the lingerie brand in 2015 and 2016.
“What this business meant to me and so many other women was extremely abusive at the time,” she said. “For me, it was like controlling women. Make the women as small as possible and even not be small enough. I’m still trying to figure it out. “
Malcolm alleges she was deemed too fat by Victoria’s Secret after taking a half inch on her hips.
Asked by interviewer: “How clear was the Victoria’s Secret post that you must be super skinny? “Malcolm replied,” Pretty clear.
She later added in the interview, “I’ve never experienced anything like this before and I hope I never do. It was really quite a traumatic experience. “
The independent has contacted Victoria’s Secret for comment.
A spokesperson for the company told the Australia Daily Mail in a statement: “There is a new leadership team at Victoria’s Secret who are fully committed to the continued transformation of the brand with a focus on creating an inclusive environment for our associates, clients and partners to celebrate. , uplift and defend all women. “
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