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Alessandra Ambrosio walks in her final Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 01:54

The model walked for the 17th time at the brand's show in Shanghai, China. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Victoria's Secret's glitzy annual fashion show hit the stage in China for the first time on Monday (November 20), though without several of its "Angels" and star names who had been expected to attend, including model Gigi Hadid and pop singer Katy Perry. At a packed Shanghai stadium, British singer Harry Styles opened a 45-minute show of singers, dancers and lighting theatrics - along with a line-up of models sporting the brand's flamboyant and racy lingerie. The run-up to the show, however, was dominated by Hadid's withdrawal and reports about visas being denied over political sensitivities - a headache for the underwear brand as it looks to grow in China. Perry and Hadid have both drawn criticism in China. At a 2015 concert, Perry appeared to show support for Taiwan, a self-governed island that China considers a wayward province yet an integral part of its territory. China has long kept tight control of performers it allows into the country. Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Bjork and Bon Jovi are all banned over perceived bad behavior or for broaching sensitive topics like Tibet or Taiwan. Victoria's Secret did not respond to requests for comment. Reuters could not reach Hadid for comment. Perry did not respond to a request for comment. The show, held in Paris last year, blends fashion, fantasy and entertainment, and has featured scores of supermodels, celebrities and musicians since its inception in 1996. Its China outing could help Victoria's Secret tap a domestic women's underwear market forecast to be worth $33 billion (USD) by 2020, according to Euromonitor. The brand opened its first mainland China store in Shanghai this year.

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Alessandra Ambrosio walks in her final Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 01:54