(SL) – The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show finally got underway in China but all anyone wants to talk about it Ming Xi’s fall on the runway. All models fear falling on the runway. From the crazy shoes and attire they have to walk in it’s surprising that we haven’t seen more of them slip. Naomi Campbell can attest to the difficulties in balancing between 8 inch platforms and garments that drape the floor and get tangled easily.
Wrapped up in her Goddess Segment literally, she maintained her composure as she fell to her knees.With a little help from model Gizele Oliveira , Xi completed her walk to cheers from the crowd as she got back on her feet.
(SL) –There’s no other way to put it. China is not with the sh**s (…as the kids say). After banning ‘Swish Swish’ singer Katy Perry indefinitely for wearing a disrespectful dress during a show a couple of years ago; and Gigi Hadid for her insensitive video with Buddha references, rumor has it that Chinese officials are keeping a tight eye on the model visitors.
The government is reportedly combing the social media accounts and media coverage of anyone set to appear in the show.
Harry Styles will replace Katy Perry, but the problems stretch further. Russian models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova and Ukranian model Dasha Khlystun, who booked spots in the show, were also denied visas.
Word has it that they’re also looking at media hoping to cover the show.
“We’re told fashion bloggers booked to cover the glitzy event are canceling their trips because the Chinese government won’t give them visas; TV producers are grappling with bureaucrats over permission to shoot outside the Mercedes-Benz Arena, where it’s being held (“If you’re going to China, you want to show that you are in China!” fumed an insider); and Victoria’s Secret staffers in China can’t send out press releases because they have to be approved by government officials.
“It’s just a nightmare for all the media trying to cover [the show],” said a jet-setting insider. “These TV companies are spending a fortune on it, and they don’t even know what they can shoot when they get there.”
We’re told that producers charged with coordinating the coverage for various outlets are “on the verge of nervous breakdowns.”
(SL)– As reported by USA Today, The Liberian-born model-blogger banded together with photographer Raffael Dickreuter to launch “Black Mirror,” a project that recreates high-profile ad campaigns by brands including Chanel, Calvin Klein, Guess, Gucci, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana to highlight the dearth of women of color represented in fashion and the media.
In an emailed statement to USA TODAY, Howard cites the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show as the most recent example of underrepresentation, noting, “you could see the same pattern you can see at New York Fashion Week or any other famous fashion event: Black girls are almost invisible. There is the odd one here and there, but it always feels like an afterthought.”
Or, a performance of diversity as opposed to actual inclusion.
For Howard, who says she’s been turned away by modeling agencies that “already have a black model,” the industry’s routine devaluation of women of color is “bizarre.” “What do you mean you already have 2-4 black models that looks (sic) like me?” Did you say the same thing to the 50-100 white models you already have?”