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Victoria’s Secret CEO Les Wexner’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein seen in new documentary

The first trailer for Hulu’s new documentary Victoria’s Secret: Angeles And Demons dropped on Thursday.

The preview gives a glimpse into the rise and fall of the iconic lingerie brand, which for years attracted top models and celebrity talent before completely reshaping itself in recent years.

The clip delves into the sordid arrangements behind the scenes involving controversial CEO Les Wexner, 84, and the convicted sex offender and billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died by suicide in jail in 2019.

Coming soon: The first trailer dropped on Thursday for Hulu’s upcoming documentary Victoria’s Secret: Angels And Demons; (L–R) Ming Xi, Grace Elizabeth, Cindy Bruna, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Alexina Graham seen in 2018 in NYC

The trailer for Victoria’s Secret: Angels And Demons opens at the height of the brand’s popularity.

‘Every celebrity wanted to be part of [the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show],’ one interview subject says in voiceover.

Another reveals that the company was a ‘7.5 billion dollar business’ at the time.

Wexner is introduced early in a short video clip as another interview subject says that he envisioned the store as ‘a lady’s paradise and had nothing to do with men,’ which gets a chuckle out of her.

Another guest contradicts his statement by bluntly calling the company, ‘T**s and glitz.’ 

On top: The trailer for Victoria's Secret: Angels And Demons opens at the height of the brand's popularity, when 'Every celebrity wanted to be part of [the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show]'

On top: The trailer for Victoria’s Secret: Angels And Demons opens at the height of the brand’s popularity, when ‘Every celebrity wanted to be part of [the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show]’

Showstoppers: Popular faces and super models are seen on the runway showing off their Victoria's Secret lingerie, including Gigi and Bella Hadid (pictured)

Showstoppers: Popular faces and super models are seen on the runway showing off their Victoria’s Secret lingerie, including Gigi and Bella Hadid (pictured)

The boss: CEO Les Wexner is introduced early in a short video clip as an interview subject says he envisioned the store as 'a lady's paradise and had nothing to do with men,' which gets a laugh

The boss: CEO Les Wexner is introduced early in a short video clip as an interview subject says he envisioned the store as ‘a lady’s paradise and had nothing to do with men,’ which gets a laugh

No illusions: Another guest contradicts his statement by bluntly calling the company, 'T**s and glitz'

No illusions: Another guest contradicts his statement by bluntly calling the company, ‘T**s and glitz’

Wexner is next described as a genius, and his connection to other popular mall staples is discussed, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Express and Bath & Body Works.

‘He was the guy who figured out how to make Americans shop shop shop,’ one speaker declares.

Attorney Gloria Allred makes an appearance to say there were a ‘number of red flags and so many questions’ about Wexner and the company.

Another on-screen interviewee mentions that the CEO is among the most secretive of billionaires. 

The documentary’s trailer suggests that part of the mystery around Wexner was related to his financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges at the time of his suicide in 2019. 

Success story: Wexner is next described as a genius, and his connection to other popular mall staples is discussed, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Express and Bath & Body Works

Success story: Wexner is next described as a genius, and his connection to other popular mall staples is discussed, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Express and Bath & Body Works

Business mind: 'He was the guy who figured out how to make Americans shop shop shop,' one speaker declares

Business mind: ‘He was the guy who figured out how to make Americans shop shop shop,’ one speaker declares

Trouble ahead: Attorney Gloria Allred makes an appearance to say there were a 'number of red flags and so many questions' about Wexner and the company

Trouble ahead: Attorney Gloria Allred makes an appearance to say there were a ‘number of red flags and so many questions’ about Wexner and the company

One interview subject said it was not ‘surprising’ that Epstein would find himself surrounded by the beautiful models of Victoria’s secret, but another source says it was ‘unthinkable’ that Wexner would give Epstein power of attorney.

The trailer establishes how Epstein ingratiated himself among the wealthy and powerful by including photos and video clips of him at parties with former president Donald Trump and Prince Andrew, while his accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking just days ago, is also featured.

‘There wasn’t a part of Wexner’s company that Epstein didn’t have access to,’ one person interviewed claims. 

Wexner subsequently claimed that Epstein had stolen more than $46 million of his fortune, the discovery of which allegedly caused him to cut ties with the pedophile in 2007. 

The trailer turns toward the latter-day financial woes of Victoria’s Secret in its final moments. 

Sales of the iconic brand declined in the mid-2010s, and Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek stirred controversy in 2018 when he said that Victoria’s Secret would not include transgender or plus-size models in its fashion show ‘because the show is a fantasy.’ 

Disturbing: The documentary's trailer suggests that part of the mystery around Wexner was related to his financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges at the time of his suicide in 2019

Disturbing: The documentary’s trailer suggests that part of the mystery around Wexner was related to his financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges at the time of his suicide in 2019

Strange relationship: One interview subject said it was not 'surprising' that Epstein would find himself surrounded by the beautiful models of Victoria's secret, but another source says it was 'unthinkable' that Wexner would give Epstein power of attorney

Strange relationship: One interview subject said it was not ‘surprising’ that Epstein would find himself surrounded by the beautiful models of Victoria’s secret, but another source says it was ‘unthinkable’ that Wexner would give Epstein power of attorney

Powerful men: The trailer establishes how Epstein ingratiated himself among the wealthy and powerful by including photos and video clips of him at parties with former president Donald Trump

Powerful men: The trailer establishes how Epstein ingratiated himself among the wealthy and powerful by including photos and video clips of him at parties with former president Donald Trump

Dug in deep: 'There wasn't a part of Wexner's company that Epstein didn't have access to,' one person interviewed claims while Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell are seen with Prince Andrew

Dug in deep: ‘There wasn’t a part of Wexner’s company that Epstein didn’t have access to,’ one person interviewed claims while Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell are seen with Prince Andrew

Down the drain: The trailer turns toward the latter-day financial woes of Victoria's Secret in its final moments

Down the drain: The trailer turns toward the latter-day financial woes of Victoria’s Secret in its final moments

He resigned in 2019, and later that year the brand announced that it would no longer put on the fashion show.

Victoria’s Secret was ultimately sold to L Brands in 2020, with Wexner stepping down at the time as his company was engulfed in complaints of harassment and discrimination. 

Since being sold, Victoria’s Secret has tried to rebrand itself with a more-diverse set of brand ambassadors, including tennis star Naomi Osaka, actress Priyanka Chopra and American soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

Last year, the company announced that it would be dropping its line of Angels, though some models continued their association with the brand. 

The lingerie brand has since added plus-size mannequins to its stores to better model some of its items. 

‘This is all a story that was meant to be hidden and stay hidden. And we were never supposed to see any of it,’ one interview subjects says ominously to cap off the trailer.

Victoria’s Secret: Angels And Demons premieres on Hulu on July 14. 

New look: Last year, the company announced that it would be dropping its line of Angels as part of a rebrand focused on more inclusive sizing and diverse models

New look: Last year, the company announced that it would be dropping its line of Angels as part of a rebrand focused on more inclusive sizing and diverse models

Streaming: Victoria's Secret: Angels And Demons premieres on Hulu on July 14

Streaming: Victoria’s Secret: Angels And Demons premieres on Hulu on July 14

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