There is a lengthy article in New York Times about Victoria’s Secret, and the behavior of some of its senior people.
Note, content warning: sexual assault, harassment, misogyny.
A Times investigation found widespread bullying and harassment of employees and models. The company expresses “regret.”
The article calls it bullying and harassment, but what they describe also includes sexual assault:
[I]nside the company, two powerful men presided over an entrenched culture of misogyny, bullying and harassment, according to interviews with more than 30 current and former executives, employees, contractors and models, as well as court filings and other documents.
Ed Razek, for decades one of the top executives at L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, was the subject of repeated complaints about inappropriate conduct. He tried to kiss models. He asked them to sit on his lap. He touched one’s crotch ahead of the 2018 Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
Touching someone’s crotch, aside from being something the current president advocate, is clearly sexual assault.
I am not surprised that a company like Victoria’s Secret has a big streak of misogyny, but the behavior described actually shocks me – the company is nothing without the models, and these models are among the most powerful in the modeling world, yet even so, they had to experience this behavior.
Hopefully the article will put an end to this, and will ensure a culture change in the company.