It is a well-known secret that the fashion industry is called a tough world but in reality, it is more than outrageous the situations some models have to endure in order to be part of it. This time, the former Victoria's Secret model Bridget Malcolm revealed what she lived when she was starting her journey as a catwalk model of such an iconic brand.
Who has not heard about Victoria's Secret Angels? Recently it was finally announced that the Lingerie company was changing its standards and is finally going to show real women in the real world. Yes, those beautiful models were amazing to watch but let's be honest, those were above the average.
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Anyway, more recently Bridget Malcolm has become viral thanks to a TikTok video where she has unveiled some secrets about her life as a model and to say that what she describes is horrible, is putting it mildly. In one of her first videos, she explains the reasons why she has not spoken before about the harmful experiences as a young model.
"By the age of 18, I'd lived in three countries alone," she began. "I traveled to all continents except for Antarctica. I'd been groomed by a much older man. I'd been sexually assaulted multiple times. I'd been told to do cocaine to lose weight." Malcolm also noted that people considered her 'not thin enough' so recommended her to have 'lots of sex' in order to lose weight too.
If that was not enough, Malcolm also revealed that at that age she was struggling with anxiety, anorexia, orthorexia, depression, and PTSD. To overcome this she started to rely on Xanax and Ambien, acknowledging that she couldn't socialize without drinking alcohol.
"Eight years later on my 26th birthday I had a nervous breakdown and I couldn't leave my house for a year without panic attacks and severe anxiety. I also had a bout with suicidal ideation which was terrifying. That was four years ago," Malcolm explained. Later in 2017, the model auditioned for the fashion show again and was rejected because her bra cup was 30B "I was rejected from the show in 2017 by [former VS CMO] Ed Razek. He said, 'My body did not look good enough,'" Malcolm said.
Now, Bridget Malcolm is in a better and healthy place. She is more than two years sober, four years recovering from her eating disorder “I'm happy. I'm balanced. I'm strong and I feel the best I've ever felt," she said. "The reality is, I couldn't talk about my experiences before I reached this place because I would have intense PTSD flashbacks. I would have panic attacks and I wouldn't be okay."
As a "strong believer that the fashion industry needs to change," Malcolm hopes that her voice can help make a difference. "I am one of the lucky models. I was able to make a long career out of the fashion industry. But my job should not include abuse," she said.