VICTORIA’S SECRET: ANGELS AND DEMONS is a three-part documentary about the rise and fall of the VS empire. It shares many behind-the-scenes looks at the CEO Les Wexner and his connections to Jeffrey Epstein.
This series, created from interviews, clips, and historical documents, opened my eyes to the shadiness, greed, lies, deceit, and misogyny that was and is a part of the modeling industry. VS might have created “angels” for their advertising, but they were only sharing what a man envisions a woman should look like. The company and all its subsidiaries were pulling the strings from a man’s viewpoint. There was no diversity or sharing of all body forms throughout a woman’s life.
For over two decades, Les ruled with an iron thumb along with Ed Rezek and the all-male Board of Directors. Jeffrey Epstein wormed his way into Les’s life and was granted Power of Attorney over all of Les’s billions of dollars for years. This historical look at power, pleasure, and probably eventually blackmail was present among the very wealthy elite male society. It wasn’t until the #MeToo Movement came along that those things began to change.
There is no doubt Les Wexner was an enigmatic genius in the fashion industry. He changed the way women saw their bodies for years. But in the end, he was a flawed and damaged man who, to this day, does not believe his “image” of women was not true. VS only changed when Les retired under dark clouds of doubt to live the rest of his life with his multi-billions.
VICTOR’S SECRET: ANGELS AND DEMONS was shocking to me. When I was a young woman hanging out with my girlfriends, these angels influenced me, my students, and my daughter. It was an unattainable goal for most of us. It felt demeaning and “less-than.” I wish we all knew better back then, but the film does offer hope for the future (My body). It is well-done and necessary for all to see and absorb. “Never again.”
It is available to stream on HULU.