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Victoria’s Secret is Jeffrey Epstein & 10 Inclusive Alternatives

The New Victoria’s Secret Documentary Reveals a Direct Connection with Jeffrey Epstein & Sex Trafficking

I know Victoria’s secret

And girl, you wouldn’t believe

She’s an old man who lives in Ohio

Making money off of girls like me

Cashing in on body issues

Selling skin and bones with big boobs

I know Victoria’s secret

She was never made for me and you

I didn’t want to, but I knew I had to. Last night I began watching the Victoria’s Secret Documentary Angels and Demons on Hulu. It was nauseating, but it also confirmed what most of us already believe to be true, Victoria’s Secret preys on women and girls and hurts them in a variety of ways. In fact, if you watch the documentary, there’s no doubt that it played a role in the sex trafficking of minors. If you didn’t already have a reason to look for Alternatives to Victoria’s Secret, your about to have a whole bunch.

You see, Les Wexner founded L Brands, a global retail empire that included Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, and he served as CEO for more than 5 decades. Les Wexner was intimately tied to Jeffrey Epstein who had a large amount of control over Wexner’s assets and personal life for many years. In fact, in 1998, Wexner let Epstein take possession of his palatial mansion on East 71st Street in Manhattan where much of Epstein’s abuse is said to have taken place. Wexner was also made aware that Epstein was posing as a modeling recruiter for the brand and using his ties to Victoria’s Secret to lure and assault women. Though fully informed, Wexner ignored the reports.

But, Victoria’s Secret’s ties to Epstein aren’t the only reason I’m convinced the brand is tied to sex trafficking. Wexner and Victoria’s Secret continued to work with MC2 Model Management, an agency whose owner, Jean-Luc Brunel, was accused of sexual assault and trafficking. The connections go on and on. Then, the brand launched PINK. A lingerie line targeting girls ages 15-22 which is undeniably revolting considering all that has been revealed.

Victoria’s Secret Revealed by Ed Razek

Victoria’s Secret built an empire with a foundation that depends on the survival of misogyny and sexism. This truth was first revealed in an interview with Ed Razek, Victoria’s Secret’s Chief Marketing Officer which was published in Vogue in 2018. You could call Razek Wexner’s right-hand man. In the well-publicized article, Razek makes disgusting fatphobic, transphobic, and misogynistic comments about women that couldn’t be overlooked by anyone who cares about women. In fact, ThirdLove, an inclusive woman-owned lingerie brand took the opportunity to stand up against Wexner, Razek, and the lingerie brand giant in a letter published in New York Times in 2018.

“You market to men and sell a male fantasy to women…it’s time to stop telling women what makes them sexy — let us decide. ”  ThirdLove said.

The Fall of Victoria’s Secret (I Hope)

I urge every person who cares about women and girls to take the time to watch the Victoria’s Secret documentary. Victoria’s Secret built its success off of peddling unrealistic beauty standards to the masses and then upped its efforts with its PINK line, which was designed to draw young girls in—much like a pedophile. If you watch the documentary, it’s impossible to deny the brand’s role in sex trafficking and the abuse and assault of young women.

There are more and more women calling out Victoria’s Secret’s role in harming women. This amazing song was recently released by TikTok sensation Jax (@Jaxwritessongs) calling out the damage the brand has done to so many women and society as a whole.

@jaxwritessongs

I wrote a song called Victoria’s Secret and I always wanted to be part of a Flash Mob. 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️ 👙 🤫 #victoriassecret #flashmob #bodypositivity #foryou

♬ Victoria’s Secret – Jax
God, I wish somebody would've told me
When I was younger that all bodies aren't the same
Photoshop, itty bitty models on magazine covers
Told me I was overweight
I stopped eating, what a bummer
Can't have carbs in hot girl summer
If I could go back and tell myself
When I was younger, I'd say, psst
I know Victoria's secret
And girl, you wouldn't believe
She's an old man who lives in Ohio
Making money off of girls like me
Cashing in on body issues
Selling skin and bones with big boobs
I know Victoria's secret
She was made up by a dude (dude)
Victoria was made up by a dude (dude)
Victoria was made up by a dude
I wish somebody would've told me that thighs of thunder
Meant normal human thighs
The fucking pressure I was under
To lose my appetite
And fight the cellulite with hunger games like every night
If I could go back and tell myself
When I was younger, I'd say
"Hey, dummy"
I know Victoria's secret
Girl, you wouldn't believe
She's an old man who lives in Ohio
Making money off of girls like me
Cashing in on body issues
Selling skin and bones with big boobs
I know Victoria's secret
She was made up by a dude (dude)
Victoria was made up by a dude (dude)
Victoria was made up by a dude
I know Victoria's secret
And girl, you wouldn't believe
She's an old man who lives in Ohio
Making money off of girls like me
Cashing in on body issues
Selling skin and bones with big boobs
I know Victoria's secret
She was made up by a dude
I know Victoria's secret
And girl, you wouldn't believe
She's an old man who lives in Ohio
Making money off of girls like me
Cashing in on body issues
Selling skin and bones with big boobs
I know Victoria's secret
She was never made for me and you

For all of the reasons stated above, and so many more, I think it’s time for Victoria’s Secret to go away, and a good way to make that happen is by shopping woman-owned, inclusive brand alternatives.

Inclusive Alternatives to Victoria’s Secret

Believe it or not, you can enjoy body-positive, sexy, functional, and fun lingerie without supporting a bad business. So, I’ve pulled together a list of lingerie brands that are awesome alternatives to Victoria’s Secret. They are woman-owned, woman-run, or dedicated to representing all sizes and ethnicities on their sites and promotional materials.

The following are lingerie businesses that will have you feeling sexy even if you are all by yourself, without the guilt associated with giving Victoria’s Secret a cent.

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Linger Boutique

I love this woman-owned online store. Two mamas started it up when one of the owners fell ill. Their focus is on slow sex and making sure every woman feels sexy and can ultimately achieve an orgasm with her partner. They carry lingerie pieces for women of all ages and sizes, and while you are shopping there, you might as well pick up some hot sex toys and lubes. They carry those too!

(Use code SheExplores10 for 10% off at Checkout)


Bijoux Indiscrets

This truly unique company is one of our favorite alternatives to Victoria’s Secret. It is woman-created and woman-owned, and the company is committed to women’s sexual wellbeing. Along with beautiful lingerie assessors, you’ll also find sexy toys and sex enhancers on their site. And we’ve got good news for you. They’ve offered 20% discount to all She Explores Life Readers. Just follow the link below to get started shopping and then enter the code Sheexploreslife20.


Pure Upscale

Sex-Positivity is essential to women’s empowerment, and this company is all about it. Have you ever had fantasies about being a stripper? This awesome shop offers all of the pieces you’d need to look hot on a pole. Sex-positive and filled with a wide variety of sexy lingerie, you’ll fall in love with shopping for this alternative to Victoria’s Secret.

Find this cute piece Here


Underclub Lingerie Subcription

We absolutely LOVE this lingerie company and you will too. Underclub is a designer underwear subscription service supporting all people in feeling their most confident, badass, and sexy selves. They believe in using Their platform and voice to highlight the beauty and value of diversity across colors, shapes, and sizes. A huge bonus is that they currently deliver XS-4XL pieces to people who identify as female, non-binary, and male. We love all of their pieces like this exclusive Kilo Brava Ribbed Tank & Boy Short set.

Sign up for the subscription Here.


Foxy Lingerie

At any given time, FoxyLingerie.com offers approximately 2,500 products that are available for ordering and shipping. This company has over a decade of experience selling products on the Internet, which means you get to enjoy quality products at reasonable prices that are shipped on time. But, it’s this shop’s inclusivity that we love. They have a robust Plus-size offering, and that is a must to make it on my list of excellent alternatives to Victoria’s Secret.

You can buy this set here.


Lavina Lingerie

Founded in 2002, Lavinia Lingerie is a family-owned business that brings beautifully-made, uniquely-styled lingerie to its customers. They design Their collection of lingerie with today’s dynamic woman in mind and believe that while intimate apparel serves a function, it can also empower you.

Lavina’s Mantra?

Every Woman, Every Day: Dynamic, Beautiful and Strong. Celebrate your beauty with Lavinia Lingerie’s collection of intimate apparel and activewear. It all begins with a foundation.


Foxers

There are so many reasons to love this alternative to Victoria’s secret. It is a woman-created and woman-owned store that was founded with the philosophy that clothing can be stylish, comfortable, and multi-functional. The founder came up with the concept of putting a men’s boxer short waistband band on women’s underwear, and it works. This shop carries pieces that don’t adhere to the conventional approach to “sexy lingerie”. All bodies and all genders will find something that makes them feel gorgeous while supporting a woman-owned business that is bold and unconventional in all of the right ways.


Lingerie Box

This woman-owned company offers an exclusive and inclusive online lingerie boutique shopping experience. Lingerie Box goes beyond your average “box lingerie” experience. All of the knowledgable professional shoppers hand-pick items that fit your unique size and style. Lingerie box offers people of all sizes the opportunity to feel gorgeous. They boast bra sizes A-K. And their items come from small designers located in Europe, US, Canada, and South America.


Thirdlove

We can’t forget one of our favorite alternatives to Victoria’s Secret, the body positive organization that stood up to VS. Launched in 2013, ThirdLove is credited with the invention of the half-cup size (Yay!). Along with filling their website with images of women of all sizes, they make functional, comfortable, and beautiful underwear, bras, lounge wear and nightwear that offers an easy fit for every woman.  Hate going to the store to try on bras? ThirdLove has a mobile app that allows you to size yourself at home.

Shop Here: thirdlove.com


La Bella

This mom-owned lingerie store was created by a woman who is European-born and passionate about bringing comfortable, gorgeous lingerie to women of all sizes. She hand-picks the items she sells and makes sure that there are times for all body types. I love this store for its incredible variety and commitment to body positivity.


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Annette Benedetti
Annette Benedettihttps://sheexploreslife.com
Annette is a writer, editor and photographer from Portland, OR. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Bust, Red Tricycle, Motherly and Domino. When she’s away from her desk she can be found teaching women yoga at wilderness retreats, exploring new cities across the states and hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier—one of her favorite places on earth.