Victoria’s Secret show on precarious ground thanks to Chinese officials

Model Josephine Skriver. Victoria’s Secret fashion show. AP Photo/Francois Mori

If there’s one thing certain in this crazy world, it’s that sexy lingerie models and dour communist officials don’t gel.

Producers and media personnel working on the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show say preparing for the event has quickly become a nightmare.

The show that’s long been held in the U.S. was moved to China this year in an attempt to spice up the event. Chinese government officials however, aren’t exactly keen on the idea and are denying fashion bloggers already booked to cover the event their visas, the New York Post’s Page Six reported.

“It’s just a nightmare for all the media trying to cover [the show],” an insider told Page Six. “These TV companies are spending a fortune on it, and they don’t even know what they can shoot when they get there.”

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The fashion show, scheduled to take place in just two weeks in Shanghai, will feature models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Karlie Kloss. That is, if the show is able to run.

Judging from her Instagram post, Ambrosio seems hopeful that it will:

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For now, TV producers are fighting with Chinese bureaucrats over the right to film outside the Mercedes-Benz arena where the event is to take place, the Post reported.

“If you’re going to China, you want to show that you are in China!” an insider explained to Page Six.

But Chinese officials don’t see it that way, and have even forbidden Victoria’s Secret staffers from sending out press releases without the government’s approval – a process that seems to be taking a while.

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The show is set to air on CBS and has been plagued with bad luck ever since it took its act on the international road. Last year’s event was held in Paris and had to be managed in the wake of the city’s horrific terror attack.

Perhaps the show will stay put in the U.S.A next year.


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