Podcast Review: Fallen Angel

Style: Documentary

Average Episode Length: 30 min

I kinda hate to admit this, but I was a pretty big fan of Victoria's Secret in the mid-2000s. I wasn't so much a fan of the products (I never really found them that comfortable tbh), I was more fascinated by the pristine, legs-for-days, other worldly-like creatures we called Victoria's Secret Angels. I watched the fashion show every fall and even made Giselle Bundchen my Facebook avatar for a time (I'm literally cringing as I write this). So naturally, this podcast was an immediate must listen for me. A rare peek behind the pink curtain into the origins of this iconic brand? Sign me up!

In Season 1 of Fallen Angel, Co-hosts Vanessa Grigoriadis and Justine Harman, interview several women to help uncover some the ugliness under all the "beauty" of Victoria's Secret. The podcast explores the relationship between Les Wexner, the Ohio-based billionaire businessman behind L Brands (Victoria's Secret's parent company) and the notorious convicted sex offender and child-trafficker, Jeffery Epstein. Vanessa and Justine interview former models who detail their experiences on photoshoots/fashion shows and all the heartbreaking shit they had to endure to achieve the beauty standards that Victoria's Secret is known for establishing and perpetuating. Many of the models interviewed recount their experiences taking diet pills, hormone injections, or a cocktail of drugs to maintain the size 00 needed to participate in the yearly fashion show. The podcast really gives its listener an unfiltered look inside the modeling industry. I was shocked to learn about some things that go on that are just considered common practice... like 15 year-olds living with powerful modeling agency Execs?? I mean, call me old-fashioned, but WTF?!

Victoria's Secret is in the process of rebranding itself. The Angels are no more (and you'll understand why after listening to this podcast). The brand is trying on female empowerment for size - featuring women, in all shapes and sizes I might add, who embody "a passion for positive change". The podcast definitely has a gossipy vibe, but if you liked the podcasts The Catch and Kill or Even the Rich, I have a feeling you'll like this podcast. Check it out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or where ever you listen to your podcasts.

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