The Victoria’s Secret (VS) angels have descended in Shanghai.
Last night (Nov 20), they made fashion history as they power-walked down the runway at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz arena – the first time ever the US lingerie giant is having a show right here in Asia.
This move to hold its biggest show of the year in China is a business one – everyone wants share in the Chinese market – but it comes with its challenges.
Just last Friday (Nov 17), Gigi Hadid announced her sudden withdrawal. No (official) reason was given but it came after Chinese internet users savaged the 22-year-old over a video clip showing her squinting her eyes in an apparently derogatory facial expression, reported AFP.
That’s not all. Apparently, Katy Perry was also supposed to headline the show but her visa got rejected by China (as with many other models, we hear).
But it seems that’s not dampening the moods of the models who made safe passage into the land of opportunities – they have photos to prove it.
Since landing in Shanghai for final fittings before the catwalk spectacular, VS angels such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and Elsa Hosk have indulged in the likes of luxurious bubble baths, taking goofy selfies backstage pre-rehearsal and even getting cosy in their hotel rooms.
The curtains have finally drawn on the most glamorous fashion show of the year. It is scheduled to air on CBS on Tuesday, Nov 28 at 10pm ET/PT (Nov 29, 2pm in Singapore).
Take a look at what the VS models have been up to in Shanghai, from pre-show to the after-party.
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