A former Victoria's Secret model has opened up about the reason why she was rejected from the 2017 show and it just might be one of the most ridiculous things anyone has ever heard.
Bridget Malcolm is an Australian model who worked for the lingerie company back in 2015 and 2016 and even made it onto the coveted VS catwalk in front of thousands of people who tuned in to watch the show. But recently, she called out the company for the ridiculous reason as to why she was denied the opportunity to appear in the 2017 show.
Posting to TikTok, Bridget revealed that she was rejected from the show in what would have been her third appearance and it was all because of her bra size. That's right, her bra size.
"I found my bra from the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. It is a size 30A. I am now a size 34B, which is healthy for me," she explained. "Look how big it was on me. The sadness behind my eyes from the 2016 show breaks my heart," she added, referencing a photo from the glitzy event.
She then went on to try the bra on, showing her fans just how small it actually was.
"I was rejected from the show in 2017 by Ed Razek [the former CEO]. He said, 'My body did not look good enough.' I was a size 30B at that point."
"Victoria's Secret, your performative allyship is a joke," she finished.
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The former VS Angel then went on to post a video in which she contributed to a TikTok trend wherein people run away from something they dislike to the song "Nobody" by Mitski. She wrote: "When you get an invite to the SoHo house to meet the Victoria Secret executives in 2014" and included a clip of her running away.
She later addressed questions prompting her to reveal the reasons as to why she was only just exposing the industry now to which she replied that her youth and inexperience meant that she allowed herself to be treated badly in the hopes that she would become successful. She outlined how she was sexually ab*sed and exploited multiple times throughout her career but now, as a much stronger twenty-nine-year-old, she wasn't going to stay quiet. The model has also worked for other big-name brands such as Ralph Lauren but gained more fame from VS.
The news of Bridget's story comes just a few weeks after Victoria's Secret announced their re-branding plans. The CEO of the company, Martin Waters, said that the former Angels were not "culturally relevant" anymore.
In an interview with the New York Times, he elaborated on his stance saying this: "When the world was changing, we were too slow to respond. We needed to stop being about what men want and to be about what women want."
So, taking this into consideration, they appointed a team of 7 incredibly diverse women at the forefront of their newest venture including Megan Rapinoe, the thirty-five-year-old pink-haired soccer star, and gender equity campaigner; Eileen Gu, a seventeen-year-old Chinese American freestyle skier (WTF?); the twenty-nine-year-old biracial model and inclusivity advocate Paloma Elsesser, who was the rare size fourteen cover star; and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, a thirty-eight-year-old Indian actor.
But at this point, I think it's going to take more than a little re-branding to save the VS image. Good luck to them... Yikes.