The Australian model walked the runway for the massive fashion company from 2015 to 2016 before the brand cut ties with her. Since then, she’s been one of the more vocal voices calling out Victoria’s Secret for promoting a culture of weight loss among its models that is allegedly unhealthy and exploitative. Most recently, she appeared in a series of TikTok videos in which she called out the company’s body standards in various ways and revealed she was sexually assaulted during her time in the industry.
Appearing on Australia’s “60 Minutes,” the 29-year-old recalled trying so hard to live up to the company’s standards only find herself so malnourished that she took 10 minutes just to walk up a flight of stairs.
“I got a very interior glimpse at the machine that was running at that time and it was really sick. It was really unhealthy,” she explained.
She added: “At the start of 2017 it took me 10 minutes to climb a flight of stairs. I reached the top and I just had that awful, hollow feeling like, ‘this is what the rest of my life is going to look like if I don’t do something about it now.’”
Malcolm claims she was dumped by Victoria’s Secret after gaining half an inch on her hips. She notes in the interview that the message from the company was “pretty clear” when it came to how small they demanded their models to be. To keep up, she went down a road of starvation diets.
“The longest I managed to go without eating was three days and I had to quit because I kept passing out. I was annoyed with myself because I was determined to make it to five days but I couldn’t I couldn’t function I couldn’t move. I was incredibly frustrating,” she said. “I remember being so angry with myself and feeling as though I had failed somehow on not being able to survive on water for that long.”
Malcolm told the host of the show that she blames the company for her developing eating and anxiety disorders.
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