AceShowbiz - Bella Hadid and other models may put a strong, perfect front when they walk for Victoria's Secret. However, a newly emerged damning report by The New York Times suggests that they are suffering backstage due to "misogyny, bullying and harassment" culture in the popular lingerie company and fashion show juggernaut.
The report details the alleged sexual misconduct done by former chief marketing officer Ed Razek, who allegedly made lewd comments about Bella's breasts prior to the brand's annual televised fashion show in 2018. Ed reportedly was sitting on a couch in the same room where the 23-year-old stunner was being measured. He then allegedly said, "Forget the panties."
Later, Ed was said to be making a joke saying that the TV network would let Bella walk "down the runway with those perfect" breasts. Additionally, the report claims that Ed touched another model's crotch over her underwear.
Following the report, Ed has released a statement in which he denied all allegations leveled against him. He said, "The accusations in this reporting are categorically untrue, misconstrued or taken out of context. I've been fortunate to work with countless, world-class models and gifted professionals and take great pride in the mutual respect we have for each other."
Neither Bella nor Victoria's Secret has commented on the report.
Ed left his position in the company in August 2019 following backlash over his interview with Vogue. He landed in hot water after trying to justify the show's lack of inclusion of trasngender models because "the show is a fantasy."
Doubling down his disastrous comments, he said of plus-size models, "We market to who we sell to, and we don't market to the whole world." He added, "We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don't."