Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: From runway falls to photoshop fails, here are the top 10 controversial moments in VS history
Being around for 23 runway shows cannot be easy — it definitely comes with its hits and misses. From nip slips and racial backlash, the brand has had quite the history of scandals
One of the most popular events in fashion, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has been one of the most revered runways shows in history. The first ever runway extravaganza by Victoria's Secret started all the way back in 1995 in New York City and the brand hasn't looked back since. Through the years it's been credited with turning models like Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks, Doutzen Kroes, Miranda Kerr, and Adriana Lima into household names. However, being around for 23 runway shows cannot be easy — it comes with its own hits and misses. From nip slips and racial backlash, the brand has had quite the history of scandals.
With Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018 just around the corner as part of ABC's Holiday Special this year, let's take a look at the 10 super awkward moments that the brand has been through.
1. Gigi Hadid drops out of 2017's show in Shanghai
After a video of Gigi Hadid making fun of a Chinese Buddha cookie surfaced on social media, she had to drop out of the VS fashion show being held in Shanghai. She didn't divulge why it didn't happen officially but insiders claimed that China refused to give her a visa after the video. Oops.
2. Bella Hadid and The Weeknd share the runway
They had just split up and the rumor mill couldn't stop churning stories about the two. The show made matters worse in 2016 when Bella and The Weekend had to share the runway. As he performed, she glided down the runway in grey satin lingerie without sparing him a glance.
3. Angels accused of racism
After the VS 2017 show, a sound clip surfaced that featured unknown VS models singing along to Cardi B's track 'Bodak Yellow'. They were heard using the N-word and it caused a storm of backlash for the brand. However, VS didn't apologize and we still don't know who the girls were.
4. Ariana Grande gets winged
2010-2013 after Kayne jumped on stage when Taylor Swift won the best female video award but before Ariana Grande got ran over by a Victoria Secret model, aka my favorite years of music pic.twitter.com/8CIGyfCCu7— Ashley ;) (@ChewieDevilGum) August 29, 2018
Elsa Hosk's wing almost took out Ariana Grande as she performed in the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion show. At the time, Hosk didn't realize what her angel wings had done — but the memes must have reached her. Grande tweeted later, "A Victoria’s Secret Angel accidentally smacked me in the face with her wings and it was awesome #goals #bangbangintomyface"
5. Bella Hadid's nip slip
Not one but two — Bella Hadid had an oops moment on the VS runway in 2017. As she danced to the music, her silver bralette decided to let her girls freer than she would have liked, perhaps.
6. Photoshop fails
From Martha Hunt's floating elbow, Lais Rebeiro's unnaturally long arms, Candice Swanepoel's mismatched boobs, thigh gaps and shrunk ribcage to Adriana Lima's straight cut hips, the brand is known to take things too far with photoshop. A little editing goes a long way!
7. Perfect Body ad backlash
In the UK, VS decided to run an advertisement in 2014 for their bra line called 'Body'. The tagline read "The Perfect 'Body'", which was received with so much backlash that a petition was started to take it down. The ad featured 10 models dressed in only their underwear. People thought that it was not only condescending but also misleading. It changed its tagline soon after.
8. Ming Xi's fall
Ming Xi’s epic fall during the VS Fashion show. This is prolly the first runway fall in VS’s history. 😭— A N D Y (@laoshiandy) November 30, 2017
But damn, she handled it so well and still smiled through it. That’s the spirit!💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/qqwBdYXVVX
Model Ming Xi felt flat on her face on the runway in 2017, wings and all. She picked herself up and walked like nothing ever happened just a minute later, but she was seen breaking down backstage. So sad!
9. Ed Razak's anti-trans comment
Ed Razek, VS's Chief Marketing Officer faced severe backlash this year after stating that Victoria's Secret would never feature transgender or plus size models. He reportedly said, "Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy," he told Vogue. "It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is. If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have," he continued.
"We invented the plus-size model show in what was our sister division, Lane Bryant. Lane Bryant still sells plus-size lingerie, but it sells a specific range, just like every specialty retailer in the world sells a range of clothing. As do we. We market to who we sell to, and we don’t market to the whole world. We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still, don’t."
He's since stepped down from his position.
10. Karlie Kloss's Native American headdress
Karlie Kloss’ 2012 mishap of walking the show in a Native American Headdress didn’t stop VS from using tribal and Native American-inspired costumes for their 2017 Nomadic Adventures segment in Shanghai. pic.twitter.com/cGpdKhspP3— INTO (@Into) November 13, 2018
Karlie Kloss walked down the runway in 2012 wearing risque lingerie and a Native American feathered headdress and a turquoise belt. They skipped the look from the broadcast and apologized for the incident.