Former Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm has revealed she was sexually assaulted and pressured to lose weight by agencies when she was a model.
Malcolm explained why she hadn’t been more candid about her experience in the fashion industry in a recent video shared on TikTok and Instagram.
“By the age of 18, I had lived alone in three countries,” she said in the July 3 post. “I have traveled to every continent except Antarctica. I had been cared for by a much older man. I had been sexually assaulted on several occasions.”
Malcolm claimed that she started relying on Xanax and Ambien for sleep. She also claimed that her agencies pushed her to lose weight by having “a lot of sex” as a minor and someone around her suggested that she take cocaine “to lose weight.”
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“I couldn’t socialize without drinking,” she continued. “I relied a lot on Xanax and Ambien to get through the night. And that was before I was 18.”
“Eight years later, on my 26th birthday, I had a nervous breakdown and couldn’t leave my home for a year without panic attacks and severe anxiety. I also had one. suicide attack that was terrifying. That was four years ago. ” Malcolm explained.
Malcolm’s revelations followed a previous TikTok video where she explained that she was told her body was not good enough to be a part of the 2017 Victoria’s Secret fashion show. She had increased from a cup size to moment when she was cut from the show.
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Victoria’s Secret highlighted the brand’s new leadership team in a statement to Fox News when contacted about Malcolm’s claims at the time.
“There is a new leadership team at Victoria’s Secret who are fully committed to the continued transformation of the brand with a focus on creating an inclusive environment for our associates, clients and partners to celebrate, uplift and champion all women, “the statement read.
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In her July 3 social media post, Malcolm revealed that she has now been sober for over two years and has been recovering from an eating disorder for four years.
“I have been sober for over two years,” said Malcolm. “I’ve been in recovery for four years from an eating disorder. I’m happy. I’m balanced. I’m strong and feeling better than ever.”
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“The reality is, I couldn’t talk about my experiences until I got to this place because I would have intense flashbacks of PTSD. I would have panic attacks and not be okay.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.