The shady side of Victoria's Secret models

Being a Victoria's Secret model seems like a walk in the park (or on the runway, as it were). You basically get paid a lot just because you're genetically blessed, well-connected, or both. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily easy. The Sun reports that Victoria's Secret Angels must be 5'9" with a 24-inch waist and a maximum of 18 percent body fat, effectively eliminating most healthy women on this planet from wearing wings and requiring models to follow super strict diets to squeeze into lingerie.

Aside from that pressure, Page Six reports that the gig doesn't even pay that well, and the brand's chief marketing officer has dismissed valid criticism of the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show — which has increasingly diminishing ratings each year — of not supporting body or gender inclusivity. Is it any wonder then that some Victoria's Secret models might occasionally act like awful people?

These past and present Victoria's Secret models have all done or been accused of some seriously shady behavior. Behold, the truly ugly and not-at-all angelic side of Victoria's Secret models.

Kelly Gale was hungry for attention

In December 2018, Victoria's Secret model Kelly Gale was accused of fat-shaming when she filmed herself jumping rope right outside of an In-N-Out Burger restaurant. In one clip (via Hollywood Life), Gale quips, "We're at… In-N-Out? …so I guess I'm having my pear!" She followed with another video of herself setting up her exercise equipment on a table outside of the fast food eatery, asking her followers, "Who else works out at in n out?" She then did a series of exercises, including leg lifts and more jumping rope. In another video, a friend brought Gale a bunch of fruit and vegetables while she was still outside of the burger joint.

At best, Gale was acting desperate for attention, and, at worst, she was not-so-subtly shaming people who enjoy fast food.

One follower snapped on Twitter (via the New York Daily News), "Who the hell does @KellyGale_ think she is? How dare you #fatshame others? #kellygale @innoutburger is the best and you can eat whatever you want Ms. Gale but please don't be so pathetic and unkind to others. #Entitlement is not cute #InNOut." One particularly Southern-tinged, "bless your heart"-style tweet also stood out online: "I think it's pretty obvious @KellyGale_ is having some kind of mental issue and needs some help. Let's not shame her like she choose to shame others."

Karlie Kloss was accused of appropriating Native American culture

Karlie Kloss does a lot of great things like teach young girls to code, but the tall drink of water isn't always refreshingly nice.

At the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Kloss wore a Native American-style headdress on the runway, accompanied by leopard print underwear and a turquoise necklace, which infuriated many. "We have gone through the atrocities to survive and ensure our way of life continues," Navajo Nation spokesman Erny Zah told the Associated Press (via CBC) at the time. "Any mockery, whether it's Halloween, Victoria's Secret — they are spitting on us. They are spitting on our culture, and it's upsetting."

Victoria's Secret said in a statement that they'd pull Kloss' walk in the headdress from the broadcast of the show, and Kloss quasi-apologized for the gaffe on Twitter, writing that she was "deeply sorry if what [she] wore during the VS Show offended anyone." Note that she didn't actually apologize for wearing it … but that may just be semantics.

Taylor Hill got carried out of Coachella

The Victoria's Secret stunner may have had a bit too much fun at the Coachella Festival in April 2018, Metro reported. Hill's boyfriend, Michael Stephen Shank, and a friend were photographed holding Hill up as she exited the Neon Carnival portion of the festival at the Empire Polo Club, and she reportedly stumbled and appeared to struggle to compose herself.

TMZ cameras also captured the model screaming her love for Beyoné (relatable) ahead of the festivities, but afterward, she was silent, and passers-by asked if they should call an ambulance for her. She eventually made it into a waiting SUV with her friends, and, as far as we can tell, emergency services were never called.

Here's hoping she learned her limits with alcohol, especially when in the scorching Indio, Calif. desert, rife with heat and sunshine … which would lower anyone's alcohol tolerance, as well as lead to potential heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Gigi Hadid made racist gestures

You may have noticed that Gigi Hadid was absent from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2017. That's likely because the show was held in Shanghai, China, and, before it was filmed, Hadid had come under fire for making gestures mocking Asian features in a video.

In August 2017, Hadid announced she'd be walking in the show once more but, as reported by MTV Asia, her Instagram was almost instantly flooded with angry comments. A few days after facing backlash, she issued an apology in English and Mandarin on the Weibo app, writing (via Teen Vogue), "It hurts me to hurt anyone, and I want you all to know that it was never my intent to offend anyone through my actions and I sincerely apologize to who felt hurt or let down by me. I have the utmost respect and love for the people of China and cherish the incredible memories I have made while visiting in the past. I have learned to be very careful of how my actions can come off or be portrayed, and I'm hopeful you'll accept my apology."

However, Teen Vogue reported that the apology fell flat, in part because she only issued it on Weibo and not on Twitter or Instagram.

It wasn't the first time Gigi Hadid was accused of racism

In the November 2015 issue of Vogue Italia, Gigi Hadid wears a lot of bronzer and several different colored afro wigs. In the May 2018 issue of the same magazine, Hadid once again wears a ton of bronzer and her face appears to have been edited, making her look almost unrecognizable. This shoot led to backlash once more about the magazine's lack of diversity and Hadid's cultural insensitivity.

She apologized on Twitter (via WWD), alongside a photo of her wearing bronzer leaving the shoot. "Please understand that my control of a shoot 1. is nonexistent in terms of creative direction 2. ends completely when I leave set, and anything done to a photo in post is out of my control fully," she said. She noted that the shoot was very much in the style of photographer S. Klein, who, we should note, has photographed models in blackface in the past.

Hadid continued, "I want to apologize because my intention is never to diminish those concerns or take opportunities away from anyone else, and I hope this can be an example to other magazines and teams in the future."

Hopefully Hadid will gain more control over who photographs her going forward.

Bella Hadid has a seriously sketchy past

Gigi isn't the only Hadid sister to both walk for Victoria's Secret and have a shady side. 

In April 2018, Bella Hadid came under fire for allegedly using the N-word while rapping along to Lil Wayne's "Rich As F**k" at Coachella, as reported by StyleCaster. This led angry followers to dredge up old tweets from the supermodel in which she'd also used the racial slur, as well as other stereotypes against people of color.

That wasn't Hadid's only headline-making scandal. In 2014, when she was 17, she was busted for DUI, TMZ reported, allegedly blowing almost twice the legal limit. She was pulled over after allegedly ignoring a stop sign and almost hitting a police car. After the incident, Blind Gossip obtained an email allegedly sent from Yolanda Hadid to her youngest daughter, begging her to clean up her act, as well as her car, which was reportedly strewn with prescription drugs, beer cans, vodka bottles, rolling papers, and, perhaps worst of all, dirty underwear. Bella Hadid later told the Evening Standard that her reported DUI was actually the result of her Lyme disease diagnosis, though that wouldn't explain her allegedly high BAC.

As if all that drama wasn't enough, Hadid also denied ever having plastic surgery or injections to InStyle. We're not saying she's lying, but we are saying her nose looks a whole lot different now than it used to.

A bunch of models casually used the N-word together

Bella Hadid wasn't the only Victoria's Secret model accused of using the N-word. In November 2017, a bevy of mostly blonde beauties rapped along to a lyric in Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" containing the racial slur. From the surviving video of the incident, it isn't crystal clear who exactly yelled the word out. The only stunner who was truly safe from being accused of using the N-word was Devon Windsor, who faced the camera and skipped the entire line of the song, effectively keeping herself out of trouble (via Mashable).

What's even sketchier is that Jezebel reported that the footage may have originated from a behind-the-scenes Victoria's Secret Fashion Show video that Karlie Kloss posted on her own YouTube account — and when the viral moment faced criticism, it appeared that Kloss edited out the models reciting the line with the N-word.

Devon Windsor doesn't understand white privilege

Before you give Devon Windsor woke points, know that her ideas about diversity likely aren't very progressive. On an episode of E!'s Model Squad in September 2018, Shanina Shaik lamented the lack of diversity in modeling and fashion, explaining that she'd been bullied and previously couldn't walk in Milan Fashion Week because of her skin color. Windsor's response was more tone-deaf than Roseanne Barr's performance of the national anthem.

"I literally f**king went through hell and literally lived in different countries like every other month, and didn't speak that language," Windsor whined. "I didn't speak Paris, didn't speak Italian. And I did that for like, two years." (In fairness, "Paris" is probably a tough language to master.)

She added, "You know how hard it is to be blonde? I have to get a highlight every month! Do you know how expensive that is?"

Windsor later tweeted, "It goes without saying, that the comments in the show are incredibly insensitive. The majority of the conversation was edited and if a peer of mine wanted to discuss such a serious subject, I would never follow it with a joke. … I made a comment in jest to infuse levity and I feel terrible that I have hurt others. I'm even more disappointed that my comments could lead anyone to believe that I have a prejudicial bias."

Erin Heatherton keeps getting sued

Former Victoria's Secret Angel (and Leonardo DiCaprio ex) Erin Heatherton just can't stay out of court.

In September 2017, The Blast reported that Heatherton was sued for a whopping $10 million by a stylist and alleged former business partner who accused Heatherton of abandoning a sportswear line called RetroActive that they'd been working on together "without warning or justification." Heatherton countersued the stylist for the $25,000 the supermodel had reportedly paid her to work on the line, which Heatherton allegedly found to be of poor quality.

In July 2018, Heatherton's attorney, Stephanie Adwar, begged a judge to let her drop Heatherton as a client, The Blast reported, because the model allegedly was behind on paying her legal bills in the RetroActive case and went MIA when Adwar attempted to contact her. Adwar also claimed that Heatherton "refused" to pay and allegedly told Adwar that she planned to file for bankruptcy. As of December 2018, Heatherton has not filed for bankruptcy, and the stylist in the RetroActive case alleged that Heatherton blew off her obligations related to the suit to go on an African safari trip (via The Blast).

But wait — there's more. In July 2016, Page Six reported that Heatherton's neighbors in her West Village apartment building sued her for having way-too-loud parties, breaking the building's rules that no loud music should be played between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Heatherton reportedly also owed $16,000 in back common charges to the building at the time.

Miranda Kerr is no stranger to making headlines

Miranda Kerr used to be a Victoria's Secret Angel, and she's got one heck of a shady side. Us Weekly reported that Kerr was rumored to have hooked up with Justin Bieber after the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show — when she was still married to actor Orlando Bloom. Two years after the alleged incident, Bieber and Bloom nearly came to blows.

In 2014, Kerr reportedly dated Malaysian financier Jho Low, who gifted her a whopping $8.1 million in jewelry that she was forced to return because they may have been given to her as part of an alleged money laundering operation, The Wall Street Journal reported. Kerr's rep told Reuters that the Aussie beauty was cooperative with investigators.

Then there's the possibility that Kerr, who already sets a pretty unattainable standard for most women, Photoshops her Instagram pictures to make herself thinner. Girl, hire a graphic design intern or lay off the smudge tool.

Cara Delevingne may have been caught with cocaine

Former Victoria's Secret model Cara Delevingne got herself in a bit of trouble in May 2013. That month, the Daily Mail obtained and published photos of Delevingne trying to conceal a tiny plastic baggie filled with white powder. The photos went viral through several British tabloids, reportedly leading clothing retail giant H&M — who had signed Delevingne to be the face of its Divided line — to investigate the model for cocaine use before deciding whether or not to ever work with her again.

She came clean in a 2015 interview with The New York Times, telling the paper of the incident, "I was a kid, you know? I still am in so many ways, and I'm so lucky, but I think everyone needs a bit of a slap in the face, and a reminder that no one is invincible. That's what it was for me. … I want to be clear: I'm so far away from drugs that I couldn't possibly be further away, and whatever happened in the past is in the past, it just doesn't exist anymore."

Is Kendall Jenner totally tone-deaf?

Kendall Jenner had a leg up in modeling thanks to her famous family, but she seemed to ignore her massive privilege in an interview with Love magazine in the summer of 2018. "Since the beginning we've been super selective about what shows I would do. I was never one of those girls who would do like 30 shows a season or whatever the f**k those girls do. More power to 'em," Jenner scoffed. "But I had a million jobs, not only catwalks but everything else. The whole combination was very overwhelming and I started to freak out a little bit and needed to take a step back," she said, adding that she thought she was "on the verge of a mental breakdown."

The Daily Mail reported that a slew of other models slammed Jenner for her remarks, pointing out that most models work at least 30 shows per season because they don't have the luxury of actually turning anything down — with some models noting they work 70 shows a season. Jenner's rep then told the site, "She realized the number of shows some models walk a season is closer to 80. The point was that it's their path and 'the more power to them.' She admires their hard work and dedication. It's an accomplishment."

Then, of course, there was the disastrous Pepsi ad a year earlier that essentially made a mockery of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jessica Hart dissed Taylor Swift multiple times

Taylor Swift first performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2013, after which Australian Victoria's Secret model Jessica Hart shaded her. When WWD asked Hart if Swift could make it as a Victoria's Secret model, Hart told the mag, "No. … I think, you know what, God bless her heart. I think she's great. But I don't know, to me, she didn't fit. I don't know if I should say that."

As Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, and Calvin Harris know, Hell hath no fury like Swift scorned — and Hart paid for it when Swift was signed on to perform in 2014, reportedly under the condition that Hart not be present. "It's not been announced that Jessica is not walking, but it was a direct request from Taylor that this be the case if she were to go," an insider told the New York Daily News. "No one can know that Taylor requested Ms. Hart not be in the show. They want to keep that under wraps, but that's the facts."

Though the brand denied the rumor, Hart still seems to be bitter about something Swift may or may not have done. In February 2018, Hart posed for an Instagram photo (via the Daily Mail) in a sweater that read, "FOUR LETTER BAD WORD TAYLOR SWIFT."

Subtle.