Australian model Bridget Malcolm, 29, shared stories of her traumatic past in a video on TikTok, revealing she developed PTSD, anorexia and depression before suffering a nervous breakdown at the age of 26.
Bridget, who is fighting for change in the modelling industry, said: ‘By the age of 18, I’d travelled to all continents except for Antarctica. I’d been groomed by a much older man. I’d been sexually assaulted multiple times.
‘I’d been told to do cocaine – been told weekly – to lose weight. I was under a lot of pressure to lose weight.’
Speaking out: Former Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm has sensationally claimed she was told to ‘do cocaine’ and ‘have lots of sex’ in order to lose weight during the early stages of her modelling career
She continued: ‘I developed PTSD. I’d been told while I was underage to have lots of sex to lose weight. I was struggling my with gender identity, anorexia, orthorexia, anxiety and depression.’
She added that she couldn’t socialise without drinking, and developed a reliance on using Xanax to help ‘get her through the night’.
‘That was before I turned 18. It didn’t get better before then,’ she added.
Eight years later, Bridget suffered a nervous breakdown on her 26th birthday.
Telling her story: Australian model Bridget, 29, shared stories of her traumatic past in a video on TikTok, revealing she developed PTSD, anorexia and depression before suffering a nervous breakdown at the age of 26
‘I couldn’t leave my house for a year without panic attacks and severe anxiety,’ she added. ‘I also had a bout with suicidal ideation which was terrifying. That was four years ago.’
Now, Bridget says she is two-plus years sober and four years in recovery from an eating disorder.
‘I’m happy. I’m balanced. I’m strong and I feel the best I’ve ever felt,’ she said.
‘The reality is, I couldn’t talk about my experiences before I reached this place because I would have intense PTSD flashbacks. I would have panic attacks and I wouldn’t be okay.’
Shock claims: Bridget added that she couldn’t socialise without drinking, and developed a reliance on using Xanax to help ‘get her through the night’. Pictured: Bridget on the catwalk at the 2016 Victoria’s Secret show in Paris
She added that reason for speaking out was because she’s ‘a strong believer’ that the fashion industry needs to change.
She concluded: ‘I’m one of the lucky models. I was able to make a long career out of the fashion industry. But my job should not include abuse.’
Bridget had hit out at the brand in another Tik Tok video in June, in which she tried on the skimpy 30A cup bra that she wore in the Victoria’s Secret show to demonstrate how tiny it is on her now-‘healthy’ size 34B breasts.
She went on to detail her negative experiences with the lingerie brand, which recently announced that it has axed its catwalk show and cast of Angels in favor of hiring a group of seven ‘diverse spokeswomen’, including transgender and plus-size models, who will promote its woke new rebrand in a podcast.
‘Too little, too late Victoria’s Secret,’ Bridget captioned the video, adding: ‘Your performative allyship is a joke.’
Change: Bridget recently slammed the lingerie brand while trying on the 30A bra she modeled at its 2016 show, revealing how small it is on her now
Memories: Holding up the bra to the camera, Bridget showed off the size 30A label, before trying the undergarment on over a bikini top to show how small it now is on her healthy frame
‘I found my bra from the 2016 Victoria’s Secret fashion show,’ she explained in her post, while holding up the tiny undergarment. ‘It is a size 30A.
‘I am now a size 34B. Which is healthy for me.’
Putting on the undergarment over a red-and-white bikini top, Bridget showed how small it is on her now, before sharing images of herself modeling the bra backstage at the 2016 show, which took place in Paris, revealing that it was actually to ‘big for her’ at the time.
She also claimed she was rejected from the show the following year by an executive whom she alleged told her that her ‘body did not look good enough’.
‘I was rejected from the show in 2017,’ she said. ‘[They] said “my body did not look good enough”. I wore a size 30B at that point.’
Criticism: Bridget, who shared that she is now a ‘healthy’ size 34B, revealing that the undergarment was ‘too big for her’ when she wore it backstage at the Paris runway show
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Victoria’s Secret for comment.
Last month, Victoria’s Secret unveiled their plans for a major re-brand, including a line-up of ‘diverse spokeswomen’ instead of scantily clad models.
The Victoria’s Secret Angels have been axed, replaced, according to a company announcement this week, with a ‘culturally relevant’ group of seven women who will form the ‘VS Collective’.
Victoria’s Secret’s new spokeswomen include the likes of actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, 38, and soccer star Megan Rapinoe, 35.
The new generation of spokeswomen will not pose in lingerie, but will ‘instead appear on a podcast’ to discuss their stories.
The revamp has been described as ‘completely cause-driven’ with a focus on ‘inclusivity’.
Hope: ‘The only reason why I am doing this is because I am a strong believer that the fashion industry needs to change,’ Bridget added