HONG KONG — After a last-minute scramble over which models would be permitted to walk the Victoria’s Secret show, taking place in China for the first time, the final lineup has been revealed.
The group of 55 models gathered on Saturday morning for a press photo call at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz arena, clad in jeans and black patterned bomber jackets. As previously reported, the lineup is sans Gigi Hadid, Irina Sharipova, Kate Grigorieva, Julia Belyakova and Dasha Khlystun. The models, alongside Katy Perry who was scheduled to perform, reportedly encountered visa troubles.
The taping will take place on Nov. 20, with the U.S. broadcast set for Nov. 28. Victoria’s Secret has not yet clarified whether Chinese audiences will be able to watch the show, other than via pirated livestreams.
Lais Ribeiro has the honor of wearing the $2 million Fantasy Bra themed “champagne nights.” Elsa Hosk will also be donning a special outfit, in honor of the brand’s 15-year anniversary with Swarovski as the sole provider of crystal embellishments for the show.