Remember the time you heard that half baked rumor that the Victoria in Victoria’s Secret wasn’t a woman, and was really a transvestite? No? Well, now you have. And actually, that partially cooked story is in fact, kind of right. Sort of. The founder of Victoria’s Secret is not, in fact, a Victoria, but one Roy Raymond. A man who, in all his manliness, felt embarrassed and fumbled and blushed furiously when he tried to buy his wife lingerie in department stores. He made billions of dollars in 16 years, but a tragic end came to Roy Raymond, who, for reasons still unknown committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco at the age of 46. Damn. Obviously beautiful people, fame, fortune and all of that doesn’t equal happiness, kids.

Debut cover for Victoria's Secret catalogue 1977
The discreetly sensual velvet (look?) cover for the debut of the Victoria’s Secret catalogue in 1977.

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