Victoria's Secret charms China with fashion gala
The star-studded, super-hyped Victoria's Secret lingerie show hits the catwalk in Shanghai on Monday, the first time the US brand is holding its self-described "sexiest show on earth" outside the United States or Europe.
Making the VS runway is one of the most coveted gigs in modeling, but the company has been accused of bias toward leggy blondes or Latinas in selecting its "angels" – so-called for the trademark wings they wear.
But last year it tapped a record four Asian models and, in a nod to this year's host, Shanghai will feature seven of Chinese origin.
They are led by China's top model Liu Wen, the first Asian on Forbes' annual list of the world's highest-paid fashion divas.
She'll be joined by He Sui, Ju Xiaowen, Wang Yi, Xie Xin, Shanghai’s own Xi Mengyao, and Paris-born Estelle Chen, who will prowl the catwalk along with top earners such as Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jasmine Tookes, and Karli Kloss.
The 2017 performers will include Harry Styles, Grammy winner Miguel, and Chinese singer Jane Zhang.
The night's highlight will be when a model dons the jewel-encrusted "Fantasy Bra".
The honor this year goes to Brazil's Lais Ribeiro, who will model a two-million-US-dollar bra made by Swiss-based luxury-goods company Mouawad and studded with nearly 6,000 gemstones including diamonds, yellow sapphires, and blue topaz.
The show tapes in Shanghai on Monday night but will not air globally until November 28.
Source(s): AFP