Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is like that honey that attracts the most bees. Last year, the show was watched by more than 800 million viewers around the world. Most of the models who walk the ramp for VS are those who have been in the modeling industry for a while but not all; a few lucky ones who aren’t known all that much also get the chance.
This time around, the show will take place in Shanghai, the first time Victoria’s Secret girls would be waltzing down the catwalk in Asia. So, it’s only fair that the number of Chinese models would be double. Last year, there were four, this year in November there will be eight. Seven of these models have been confirmed while the eighth one will be decided on in a Chinese reality TV show and announced in the finale.
Among the seven models, two have already worked with Victoria’s Secret and walked down the ramp before. 29-year-old Liu Wen has done five VS Fashion Shows since 2009 when she was awarded the honor of being the first Chinese model for the brand. Since then she’s worked with big fashion houses like Burberry, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, and Givenchy.
Sui He, 28, is the second Chinese model to have shaken hands with VS. So far, she’s done six shows for the lingerie house. Sui joined the Pentene family this year and has worked as a catwalk model for brands like Chanel, Hermes, Dior, and Y-3. Ming Xi, who has appeared in four Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, will also be seen on the catwalk this year. Her first catwalk was in 2011 for Givenchy’s Haute Couture collection. After that, she’s done catwalks for Jason Wu, Chanel, Tom Ford, Dior and well Victoria’s Secret.
Shu Pei whose name is on the list of Chinese models for this year has done one VS Fashion show back in 2012. Between then and now she has been modeling around with high-fashion brands such as Dior, Versace, Chanel, and Gucci. Ju Xiao Wen, 28, will be walking the Victoria’s Secret ramp for the second time. 2010 was the year she started her modeling career with IMG models.
Xiao Wen took an elevator to success after that and appeared on the covers of renowned magazines like Harper’s Bazaar China, Vogue China and Vogue Italia. Apart from walking on the ramps of brand names like Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein Jeans, etc. and doing ad campaigns with Kenzo, Dior, and Adidas, she was also the first Chinese model to be the face of Marc Jacobs.
22-year-old Xin Xie and 19-year-old Estelle Chen would be catwalk-ing for VS as newbies. While Xin is a more of a newcomer whose face has made to editorials like Harper’s Bazaar China, T Magazine, and Vogue China, Estelle has quite a bit of experience in her bag particularly considering she’s the youngest of the lot. Estelle has done fashion shows for high-end brands including Miu Miu, Kenzo, and Louis Vuitton.