Veteran journalists Vanessa Grigoriadis and Justine Harman investigate one of the world’s most iconic brands and its effect on American culture for nearly 40 years, as told by women who witnessed what really happened behind the curtain
New York, NY (October 12, 2021)—C13Originals, the Peabody Award-nominated documentary division of leading premium podcast studio Cadence13, an Audacy company, today announced a partnership with Campside Media and the launch of Fallen Angel, an investigative documentary podcast series about Victoria's Secret...and its many, many secrets, co-hosted by veteran longform journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis, who also serves as writer, and Justine Harman, former features director of Glamour.
Grigoriadis co-created the podcasts Chameleon: The Hollywood Con Queen, and Tabloid: The Making of Ivanka Trump, which The Cut called the “juiciest show of the summer.” Harman is the creator and host of the hit podcasts including Broken Harts and O.C. Swingers, which was the #1 show on the Apple Podcast charts for several weeks earlier this year.
Fallen Angel investigates the origin story of Victoria’s Secret, one of the world’s most iconic brands, and its effect on American culture for nearly 40 years, as told by women who witnessed what really happened behind the curtain. Fallen Angel goes back to the beginning of the lingerie megabrand to confront the many ways that the brand influenced how a generation of women think about sex, desire, and beauty.
Through insider, first person accounts from former Victoria’s Secret models--women synonymous with all that the brand encapsulated--Fallen Angel will reveal shocking horror stories of how their quest to be part of the elite group of models walking the runway led them down a dangerous path of eating disorders, poor health, depression, anxiety, and other issues.
The series also explores Les Wexner, the private man who has been at the head of the company for over 35 years, and his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Grigoriadis and Harman delve into the story of Wexner and his bizarre relationship with Epstein, who managed his enormous fortune for twenty years. They also chronicle the early days of Victoria's Secret, and how, from the beginning, it was a company that catered to the male gaze, and how the perfect image of the company’s iconic Angels was the perfect cover.
Guests on Fallen Angel include former Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton, and models Bridget Malcolm, Sharam Diniz, Dorothea Barth-Jörgensen and Sara Ziff; Les Wexner’s former money manager Harold Levin; [leading] retail analysts Ike Boruchow and Simeon Siegel; Jenna Lyons, former creative director and president of J. Crew; former Victoria’s Secret employees Casey Crowe Taylor and Cynthia Fedus-Fields; and Heidi Zak, Co-Founder and CEO, Third Love.
Fallen Angel will launch with the first two episodes on October 13, 2021, everywhere podcasts are available. New episodes will drop on Wednesdays throughout the season. Listen to the trailer and follow the show here: https://link.chtbl.com/FA_PR.
“Victoria’s Secret’s recent fallout is a huge cultural story,” says Grigoriadis. “Les Wexner’s connection to Jeffrey Epstein is also one of the last puzzle pieces of the Epstein story, and has never been fully explored.”
"In a culture actively questioning itself, how do we not examine the brand that defined 'sexy' for an entire generation of American women?” said Harman. “And who better to do this with than C13Originals, where so many great journalists have unspooled their long and tangled yarns?”
“This podcast is just so much fun to listen to, but it's also an urgent story about how concepts like empowerment get weaponized and used against the very people who are supposedly being celebrated. And there is no one better to unravel that particular trick than Vanessa and Justine. We knew this was a hit from the minute they got together, and we're so happy to be working with C13Originals to tell this story,” said Adam Hoff, CEO, Campside Media.
“‘Fallen Angel’ is exactly the kind of bold, original storytelling that aligns with the vision of C13Originals,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13.
Fallen Angel is a production and direction of C13Originals, a Cadence13 studio, and Campside Media, Executive Produced by Chris Corcoran, Vanessa Grigoriadis, and Justine Harman, and Campside Media’s Adam Hoff, Josh Dean, and Matt Shaer; narrated and written by Vanessa Grigoriadis and Justine Harman; directed by Lloyd Lochridge; production led by Paige Hymson; edited by Alistair Shurman; mixed and mastered by Chris Basil; production support and research by Ian Mandt, Sean Cherry, Bob Tabaddor, Bill Schultz, Kelly Rafferty, Callie Hitchcock, Natalia Winkleman, Aleah Papes, Alex Yablon, and Doug Slawin.
Justine Harman is the former features director at Glamour magazine and an alumnus of ELLE and PEOPLE magazines. She is the creator of the hit nonfiction narrative podcasts Broken Harts, The Baron of Botox, and O.C. Swingers. She is also the founder of 39 Stories, a storytelling studio based in Los Angeles.
Vanessa Grigoriadis is a veteran longform journalist who is currently a Contributing Writer for The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. She co-created the podcasts, Chameleon: The Hollywood Con Queen, and Tabloid: The Making of Ivanka Trump, which The Cut called the “juiciest show of the summer.” She is a National Magazine Award winner, author of the book Blurred Lines: Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus, and co-founder of the new premium podcast company Campside Media.
Download the cover art for Fallen Angel here.
C13Originals is the Peabody-nominated production studio behind Gangster Capitalism; It Was Said; Relative Unknown; One Click; Root of Evil; Once Upon a Time...in the Valley; Once Upon a Time...at Bennington College; Hope, Through History; No Place Like Home; and Long May They Run.
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Cadence13, an Audacy company, is a leading podcast studio dedicated to premium storytelling and production and was named one of Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019.” Cadence13 is the home of C13Features, the pioneering studio focused on creating a wide-ranging slate of feature-length podcast movies, the Peabody Award-nominated C13Originals documentary studio, and Ramble, a podcast network of some of the most influential digital stars in the world. Our roster of critically-acclaimed shows and personalities reflects the diverse conversations and interests happening in the world, led by a collection of voices that include Lili Anolik, Carmelo Anthony, Pete Carroll, Emma Chamberlain, Darren Criss, Remi Cruz, Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, Glennon Doyle, Kevin Durant, Elle Fanning, Jon Favreau, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Gigi Gorgeous, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Justine Harman, Shawn Levy, Demi Lovato, Este Haim, Andrew Jenks, Tony Kornheiser, Payne Lindsey, Elise Loehnen, Michael Lombardi, Karina Longworth, Jon Lovett, Kate Mara, Alisha Marie, CJ McCollum, Jon Meacham, James Andrew Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellen Pompeo, JJ Redick, Doc Rivers, Rhett and Link, Adam Scott, Kiernan Shipka, Tommy Vietor, Andrew Yang, and many more. These storytellers represent both established and emerging personalities across sports, business, tech, politics, entertainment and news. Cadence13 has a broad range of programming partners including: American Public Media, Comments by Celebs, Crooked Media, goop, HISTORY, Meredith, Mythical Entertainment, OBB Sound, PushBlack, Ramble, SB Projects, Seven Bucks Productions, Tenderfoot TV, theSkimm, The Try Guys, TNT, Unsolved Mysteries, Up and Vanished, Vanity Fair, Who? Weekly, and Yoga Girl, among others. Cadence13 is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles. Follow @Cadence13_, @C13Originals and @C13Featureson Twitter and @Cadence13, @C13Originals and @C13Features on Instagram.
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