Phew, boy — Is it possible to have a Victoria’s Secret fashion show not shrouded in controversy? Seemingly, that answer is no. From Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry not being allowed to perform to a model falling to cultural appropriation claims, a lot has gone down in the last couple of days.
Did cultural appropriation run rampant? According to Teen Vogue, yes. One look from the show, “Nomadic Adventure,” raised some eyebrows with its headdresses and feathered wings. “What’s more, just last year, Victoria’s Secret debuted a series of looks that many feel were appropriative of Chinese culture, including Elsa Hosk wrapped in a dragon creation,” Avery Matera of Teen Vogue wrote.
A model fell on the runway. Model Ming Xi fell to her knees mid-stride but handled it like a consummate professional. After taking a moment to adjust her flowery wings and headpiece, Xi stood up with the help of fellow model Gizele Oliviera. In an Instagram post, she said: “It was no doubt one of the hardest moments I have ever had to go through in my career, especially since the show was taking place in my hometown, in front of my mother’s and my people’s eyes. However, the support I received from everyone yesterday was incredible and I am truly grateful to everyone who was there for me.”
The afterparty was reportedly shut down by police. The VS after party was apparently a very short-lived soireé. WWD reported that after the models made their way to the after party in a neighboring building around 9 p.m., it was 10 minutes before midnight that the music stopped abruptly and a uniformed officers entered the venue. So far, there hasn’t been a reason given for the shutdown.
Watch (some) of this drama unfold when the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs on CBS November 28th at 10/9 C — plus you’ll be watching in a drama-free existence AND a place where there’s always an after-party: your sofa.