Victoria’s Secret’s annual fashion show is to hit the stage in China for the first time without several star names who had been expected to attend including model Gigi Hadid and pop singer Katy Perry. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Models, including Adriana Lima, Sanne Vloet and Roosmarijn De Kok were seen preparing at the backstage hours before the show, which will air on CBS next Tuesday (November 28). The show, blends fashion, fantasy and entertainment, and has featured scores of supermodels, celebrities and musicians since its inception in 1996. The firm claims to sell the world's "sexiest panties and lingerie". Hadid has confirmed her absence, while reports have swirled ahead of the show about visas being denied over political sensitivities and strict controls around the Shanghai event - a potential headache for the brand famed for its racy lingerie. Asked whether or why Hadid and Perry had been banned from coming to China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he did not know any of the details of the situation, but reiterated that China welcomed foreigners to visit to carry out "normal" business, tourism and cultural activities and issues visas to those who meet the conditions.