Cultural Queries Abound at Victoria’s Secret Shanghai Show

SHANGHAI – While Victoria’s Secret’s first ever taping of its annual fashion show in China may have been intended to evince a cultural awareness, its many production problems in a foreign location and the inclusion of a Native American-style headdress yet again on its runway in some ways drove home the opposite message.
The show had several firsts. It saw Victoria’s Secret’s first designer collaboration: 20 impressive punk-rocker looks designed by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing opened the show with Harry Styles, giving the hyper-feminine production some edge. It also included a last: Alessandra Ambrosio, who has been with Victoria’s Secret since 1999, had her final turn as an Angel.
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Alessandra Ambrosio on the catwalk at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017. 
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As noteworthy as those moments were, it was hard to compete with the tumble that Ming Xi took on the runway as Miguel sang “Winter Song,” much less the ballyhoo over eleventh-hour visa denials – Katy Perry reportedly over her perceived support for Taiwanese sovereignty, Gigi Hadid due to a racially-charged gesture, in addition to four other models.
After attracting criticism last year for a dragon outfit, Victoria’s Secret opted for a

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Stella Maxwell Reveals How She Got Her Body Runway Ready for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Stella MaxwellBefore the models hit China for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Monday, Stella Maxwell spilled some pre-runway secrets to E! News in NYC.
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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017: See Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and More Walk the Runway

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Exclusive: Elsa Hosk to Unveil Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’s Swarovski Look

The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is set to be an even shinier and more extravagant spectacle than ever before. Not only is the brand jet-setting to Shanghai for the November show, it’s also celebrating the 15-year “Crystal Anniversary” of its partnership with Swarovski, the sole provider of crystal embellishments for the show. One million Swarovski crystals will take the runway, with Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk chosen to strut the special anniversary showpiece.
“This year’s Swarovski outfit is probably our most spectacular. The outfit has an incredible wing that is completely covered in brilliant multicolored stones,” said Monica Mitro, executive vice president, brand communications and events at Victoria’s Secret. “It is one of the heaviest wings we have ever made.” With more than 275,000 crystals, 200 yards of woven ribbon and pavé crystals, hand-beaded jewelry and a crystallized wing harness, the wings weigh in at 14 pounds. “The Swarovski anniversary look will be a major standout. It is an explosion of color,” Mitro continued of Parisian couturier Serkan Cura’s work. And stunning it is, with an astonishing 29 crystal effects and colors, ranging from Citrine Shimmer and Crystal Luminous Green to Fireopals, Topaz and Emeralds. The look includes a fiery-red

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Victoria’s Secret Model Vita Sidorkina Wore The Same Gorgeous Wedding Dress Two Ways

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In A Surprise To No One, Victoria’s Secret Thinks Thin, White Women Are Sexy

Victoria’s Secret debuted its annual “What is Sexy” winners Monday, and many people are calling the brand out for its outdated stance on what sexy looks like.

Winners in categories like “Sexiest DJ” and “Sexiest Entertainer” went largely to young, thin, white women. Many on social media slammed the lingerie brand for its lack of diversity and inclusivity.

It’s never a good thing when brands declare just a narrow range of body types or skin tones as “sexy,” and unfortunately this kind of move is pretty much par for the course when it comes to Victoria’s Secret. 

Year after year, VS has failed to embrace a wider range of beauty both in stores as well as on the runway of its highly watched fashion show. At a time when even high-end designers are using their platform to showcase women of different sizes and ages, the closest we’ve gotten to Victoria’s Secret following suit has been words of encouragement to do so by models like Denise Bidot and Ashley Graham

Other lingerie brands have done a better job of squashing outdated beauty standards, whether through committing to un-retouched advertisements or a wider range of models starring in their campaigns. Social media is flush with more body positivity and underwear selfies than ever. And still, we are yet to see a shift from what is arguably the most well-known, wide-reaching lingerie brand of them all.

The brand’s lack of offerings over a certain size has been credited with costs and resources. Cora Harrington, a lingerie expert, told Business Insider in 2016 that “what a lot of people may not realize is that each size grouping basically requires a different factory and a different set of patterns.”

But broadening your horizons to include more people on your list of “what is sexy” or, you know, not putting out a list declaring “what is sexy” in the first place doesn’t cost you anything, and would send a message to your customers that yes, thin can be sexy, but so can fat. White can be sexy, and so can black.

Sexy is not one size, race or color. If Victoria’s Secret hasn’t figured that out by now, we’re not sure it ever will. And that, for one, is pretty un-sexy if you ask us. 

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Real Women Made Their Own Version of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Bruno Mars Rocked Some Seriously High Heels at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Stunning Photos Show Evolution Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs tonight.

Based on photos that have emerged in the days since this year’s show filmed, it’s evident that the flashy production, which has only gotten more elaborate over the years, maintains its reputation in 2016. 

But if there’s one thing that has gone unchanged since the show’s humble beginnings, it’s the models’ excitement about walking that coveted runway. Kendall Jenner has been quoted repeatedly calling the show her ultimate dream, and the same goes for best friend and fellow supermodel Gigi Hadid.

The iconic models who came before have held the show at that same regard. Heidi Klum credits the show with making her a “household name.” Adriana Lima, the brand’s longest running model, was quoted at age 18 as saying she thinks the “dream of a lot of girls” would be to work with the brand.

So, while the show has changed drastically over the years into the mega-produced holiday spectacle it’s known as today, the feeling that it’s the ultimate career milestone for a model remains beautifully unchanged.

Check out some of your favorite supermodels in all their VS glory through the years below. 

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Gigi Hadid’s Reaction to Not Being in the Victoria’s Secret Show Will Make You Love Her Even More

Before the Victoria’s Secret runway show this December, I would’ve put money on Gigi Hadid showing up. She’s gorgeous, has a great bod, and is liable to go viral. When she wasn’t confirmed to walk, I was seriously surprised (though she’s since been named as a face of Pink). Then yesterday, while reading this awesome interview Lauren from the celeb team did with Gigi’s mom (and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star) Yolanda Foster, I found out that Gigi totally wanted to be in the show and was bummed not to book it.


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“Gigi worked so hard to get the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and she didn’t get it. But you know what? That’s just life. She was sad,” Yolanda told Lauren. “She was boxing at Gotham gym every day and in great shape, and it seemed like a perfect fit. But you know what? It ended up not to be. And rather than go, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry,’ I said, ‘Hey, Gigi, that’s life, baby. We’re not always going to get what we want, and this is not a rejection of you, Gigi, as a human being. This is just redirection for you into something that’s going to be much bigger.’ She looked at me like, ‘What do you mean?’ And I go, ‘If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen at another time. It wasn’t meant to happen today.'”

So, firstly, I adore Yolanda and think she lives every inch of her life with so much grace—this whole exchange is parenting 101 if you ask me. Beyond that, I love how real-girl Gigi’s response to not getting the show was. She was bummed, pure and simple, but didn’t throw any diva moves or get angry. Instead of a spoiled celebrity response, she reminded me of myself and all my girlfriends who have had an experience of not getting a job, acceptance letter, or role in the ballet production (OK, that’s personal).

Are you as impressed by Gigi’s low-key response as I am? Can you remember not getting something you really wanted?





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That’s a Wrap! Here Are the 22 Sexiest Moments from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Forget Ladylike—Taylor Swift Wants to Dress Like a Victoria’s Secret Angel

If you watched the Victoria’s Secret show last night, you must have noticed the chemistry between Taylor Swift and the models. It’s more than just showmanship, too—she fits in like one of the girls and is such real-life besties with Karlie Kloss, the two started dressing alike. Tay’s got a pretty well defined style that heavily draws on ladylike, retro-inspired pieces (an argument’s even been made that the high-waisted bikini is her signature piece), but I’d like to submit some photos as evidence for my argument that, actually, Miss Swift would like nothing more than to let her inner Victoria’s Secret Angel out to play.

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There’s the backless white dress she picked for the One Chance premiere that not only flashed some sexy spine, but cut inward so the effect was visible from the front.
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The strapless crop top and skirt combo is just tiny enough to step into Angel territory. Also lingerie-model-worthy? The faux tan that shows off her bod in the best way possible.
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Super sparkles, super short, and with triangular sheer pieces at the neckline. Yep, that’s a bombshell dress if I ever saw one.
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Crochet and cutout sections combined for a super steamy afterparty dress (that, not for nothing, must have also been way comfy).
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And the pièce de résistance, when Taylor really went for it. It’s way shiny, strapless and short, and she even kept her hair down. I love daring hemlines, but it makes me question when she said “I don’t want to wear something so short that I’m scared there will be a wardrobe malfunction.” Because, honey, that’s short.

Do you so often think of Taylor in ’50s-style dresses and skirts that you forget she’s rocked some seriously sexy items?





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No, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Isn’t Bad for Teen Girls

“Wait, you WATCH that?”

Last night was the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London, where 47 models, including the famed Victoria’s Secret Angels, strutted the runway in a immense spread of fairytale undergarments. They’ve done it every year for nearly 20 years (I’ve been watching since I was 12), and every year, that runway goes right into a pile of people who don’t like it and don’t think I, a teenage girl, should either.

When I look at the Victoria’s Secret Angels, I see gorgeous, happy women, who work for a company that sticks with many of them for the long haul — a rarity in this industry. Sure, they’re thin, but they’re not fragile — they’re toned. I mean, legs like that don’t come from eating carrot sticks and water. They look like they really enjoy what they do. I mean, who wouldn’t? I’d like to try and frown when I’m strapped into that much sparkling wing acreage. Watching the show is a glimpse into their world. You get these little moments that are usually confined to the pages of a catalogue or a six-foot poster in your mall. Taylor Swift sings a song that perfectly describes your life in the background, and Hozier smizes at you (and everyone else watching, but it was a special moment). It’s a fun fantasy. That’s why it bothers me so much when people use it as a negative factor in the body image conversation, especially targeted at teenage girls.

I’m a 17-year-old girl. A lot of people would tell you that puts me in the prime “issues with her body” range. I shouldn’t be inspired by these charismatic and successful women and their amazing careers in an industry they love. Because I enjoy the show, I’m obviously some sort of bimbo who doesn’t understand that I’m being negatively influenced, and that everything they do is fake and that they’re just famous for looking good in underwear. I shouldn’t appreciate the hard work it takes to do what they do and attempt to emulate that work ethic. I most certainly should not feel serious confidence and girl power after watching them do their thing for an hour in beautiful underwear. I should probably be looking at them and comparing my ankles to theirs, and be trying to stretch my spine three inches, and destroying myself in a gym attempting to recreate their abs. I should feel incomplete, like I am not measuring up. My self-confidence should be shattered every time Karlie’s faces beams at me while I sit on my couch eating kettle corn. I shouldn’t feel content with my body and the way I am, because I don’t look like these Angels. Or at least, that’s what the media is telling me and other girls (and boys) my age and beyond. If they’re telling you that too, let me give you a piece of advice: ignore it. I say this thing a lot because it applies to a lot of things, including loving the Victoria’s Secret Angels: If you love it, own it. Taylor Swift agrees with me on this. (Probably.)


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Tune In Here: Adriana Lima and Lily Aldridge Host Victoria’s Secret Pre-Show Live-Stream

Happy Victoria’s Secret Show Day! Did you check out my dispatches from London over on Lipstick and Instagram? If not, get to it and then pop back over here at 9 P.M. sharp to watch a live-stream of Adriana Lima, Lily Aldridge, and Martha Hunt as they host the VS pre-show!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing on the catwalk?





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