HOLLYWOOD—The 2017 Victoria’s Secret show aired on November 28 on CBS. The show was filmed one week ago in the Mercedes-Benz arena in Shanghai-the first time in China. Harry Styles and Miguel performed. The $2 million dollar Fantasy Bra was worn by Lais Ribeiro. Model Elsa Hosk stepped out in 275,000 Swarovski crystals, and Ming Xi became the first model to fall during a Victoria’s Secret show in more than 15 years. The main performer was supposed to be Katy Perry, however her visa was denied days before the show, and needed to be replaced in the 11th hour. A lot of red tape plagued the show, even model Gigi Hadid had her visa denied.
When at first it was announced that Victoria’s Secret was headed to Shanghai, there was a flurry of excitement, then delayed tickets and internet firewalls began. It was awful watching model Ming Xi fall, the embarrassment she must have felt, it was painful to watch. Model Gizele Oliveira helped Ming up and she revealed that she had the shoelace issue to deal with as well.
Despite the pre-show stress, the atmosphere seemed fun backstage. The girls seemed pumped up and relaxed. It takes a village to manage the girls. There were 70 people backstage getting the models runway ready, including 32 makeup artists, 27 hair stylists and 11 manicurists. Did anyone notice the flawless faces on the models? That’s because celebrity facialist Georgia Louise flew into shanghai to get the “Ange Facial.” It begins with an oxygenating cleanse to get skin glowing, followed by a Biologique Recherche P-50 exfoliation and a 30-minute sculpting massage for definition.
Looking at the models, just makes you look fat. But wait, after the runway show, the models celebrate with carbs. In addition to the annual after party, Victoria’s Secret throws a pizza party and it took place at the hotel where the models were staying. According to published reports the carb fest continued into the wee hours of the morning. They really deserved it, it was long months of preparation.
Harry Styles knows he can leave One Direction behind but not the hysteria, as he took the stage for his first solo tour of Australia. During the first of only two shows, “Down Under,” security was in overdrive at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre. They witnessed girls fainting from the crowd at his show last week. The stylish star, dressed in a salmon-pink suit and white shirt, called for the house lights as he looked at his young audience.
The last time he toured Australia, he was a member of the biggest boyband in the world, One Direction. Now, he’s back with a number one, self-titled solo album while performing with a full band. The audience knew the words to every song, from opener Ever Since New York, to crowdpleaser Carolina and later Angel, for which Styles abandoned the guitar he’d been strumming to let loose and pull some serious dance moves.
Mick Fleetwood, who was presenting a gong at the ARIA Awards on November 28, whispering in his ear was his bandmate Stevie Nicks, who has just finished her tour of the country alongside The Pretenders. Stevie Nicks performed with Harry in Los Angeles earlier this year, but chose to remain seated in Sydney, instead of filming every note as Styles covered the Fleetwood Mac song The Chain on her mobile phone.
The singer also threw in some One Direction numbers, “Stockholm Syndrome” and “What Makes You Beautiful,” but without the same vigor he gave to solo tracks such as recent single “Kiwi” or the ballad “Sweet Creature.” He closed the night with his first solo single, “Sign of the Times” as the audience brandished their gay-pride flags knowing that this 1600-strong crowd would be one of the smallest he’s ever likely to perform for the rest of his career. Styles will perform at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on November 30 and will return in April for an arena tour of the country.
Rose’s Scoop: Eleven months after her death, Carrie Fisher gets a posthumous Grammy nomination in the spoken word category of her autobiography “The Princess Diarist.” The awards will be announced at New York’s Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 and will be screened on 4 Music the following evening.