"It's A Nightmare" - Chinese Bureaucrats Are Killing The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Tyler Durden's picture

The marketing brass at L Brands are probably starting to regret their decision to hold this year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show - expected to have the largest audience in the show's history - in Shanghai.

As the New York Post reports, the fashion show, which takes place in two weeks and will feature  Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Karlie Kloss, among other internationally recognized supermodels, is transforming into an international diplomatic crisis.

Chinese government officials are refusing to work with the show’s producers and grant the necessary expedited visas so fashion bloggers and other media types who’re supposed to cover the show, according to the New York Post.

Bureaucrats have also stubbornly resisted other seemingly routine requests, like approving shooting locations for the TV crew.

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."

The show, which will be broadcast on CBS, has mostly been held in the US since 2001, but the popular purveyor of ladies’ undergarments has had a run of bad luck in the past few years since trying to host the show overseas, the Post reports. Last year’s show (which was held in Paris) was also plagued with production issues caused by a terror attack and Kim Kardashian’s high-profile robbery.

For that event, every journalist covering the event had to submit to background checks and provide government ID, and security was so tight that cars dropping off VIP guests were only allowed to stop momentarily outside the venue, so celebrities had to circle the block before being dropped off.

This year, they’d be lucky to get a visa.

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Stuck on Zero's picture

What a huge fuss over nothing. Merchandising and branding of crap for idiots.

peddling-fiction's picture

Yeah, they are used to that in Europe anybody can waltz in with or without a visa.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

"All your panty are belong to us naow!"

Automatic Choke's picture

Tyler must have a boat payment coming up -- the click bait is really fast and furious.....

victoria secret?   giant penis in the sky?    what next, a consumer review of the hello kitty vibrator?

by the way, what did the markets do today?

balanced's picture

I don't understand, there aren't any white males in the chinese government, so why are they being so oppressive?


You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

overbet's picture

Im not a materialistic guy, but I can see the difference when my wife wears victoria secret or fredricks. It looks way hotter. Good fiat value.

Justin Case's picture

Ya I agree she looks mighty fine scantily clad. Wanna see some great pics?

Citxmech's picture

The Victoria's Secret Runway Show is in trouble?

OMG what a fuckin' nightmare!



SafelyGraze's picture

dear china,

please release Victoria's Secret.

yours faithfully,
the ucla basketball team

Took Red Pill's picture

Chinese bureaucrats, don't get your panties in a bunch

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Maybe they should hold it in Afghanistan next time. Or Iraq. Anyplace the USA "liberated" should be safe for democracy right?

HopefulCynical's picture

If this company had any guts at all, it would cancel on the Chinese, push the show back a week and do it in a US city. Make a big deal out of explaining that China is not ready for prime time and that thay're not friendly to western business. It would be a lot of work but it could be done, and the point would be made: jerk us around, go fuck yourselves.

NumberNone's picture

This is just a symptom of the 'everybody around the world is the same' philosophy.  Have a bunch of millenials now running these things that have been indoctrinated that any negative perception of our brothers/sisters around the world is racist.  Welcome to reality assholes, this is coming soon to a city near you in the US.  

dark pools of soros's picture

ask Al Franken if he got any sleep over pics

random999's picture

Well now all libtards can see how china is treating foreigners.

I invested 5 years into china, ended up giving up on it. Had a lot of fun, but things never got better, actually they got worse. If you think visas is a big issue, try importing lol.

There are just a lot of way more attractive places in asia than china, both for life, work and buisness.

Bobbyrib's picture

I have known China is a communist shithole for years. It was Zero Hedgers trying to convince me their policies were getting more lenient and that it was becoming a democracy. Yeah.. not quite.

land_of_the_few's picture

Strange, the article say France was worse to Victoria's Secret last year, did you miss that part? It's near the end, if that helps.

Justin Case's picture

Like most of congress that aren't mericans runnin the country. Dual citizenships.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Did you say dual-citizens? News flash Australian Government is in crisis over dual-citizens. Someone got someone kicked out of Parliment after discovering a 117 year old law that dual-citizens can not be elected to Parliament. This set off an avalanche of claims and counter claims as it turns out that some unknown number, maybe a majority of those serving in Parlament are dual-citizens. Easy to find articles on this. Hard to find an article with a breakdown on who is a dual-citizen of which country. Hmmm, why is that? Malcolm Turnbull, the ex-Goldmanite Prime Minister is probably a dual-citizen. Imagine if we had this law in the US. How many Congress critters would have to quit?

E5's picture

How about making America great again and coming home.... oh, that would be a slight to the world.

Justin Case's picture

First they will be cumming in China then coming home.

OverTheHedge's picture

So the article Tyler posts, and the article I read, can be two completely different things? Do we need to compare each post with the ZH  archive, to keep tabs?Or how about some kind of torrent-style distributed content - if every user kept a portion of the site as reference, then spoofed material should be easy to spot. Not sure that performance would be impacted, because with all these ads, there is no performance anyway.

And does that mean I have the NSA to thank for the lingerie models, not Tyler? It's all getting too confusing for words.

peddling-fiction's picture

Yes, you can check and compare sometimes in other computers that are not your own.

Heck, even Google Ads works this way, as well as Google Search.

Mostly we are herded into virtual content groups, but also comment groups (on ZH).

This is especially true if you are a targeted individual.

However, this happens before you notice it yourself.

Be vigilant. Start to observe without emotion.

No fear.

Justin Case's picture

what did the markets do today?

They closed at 4 for the weekend, take a break.

webmatex's picture

The image made the article for me.

Eyes Opened's picture

Tyler doesn't live here anymore.... as the song (kinda ) goes....

any_mouse's picture

Wait until they find out that millionaires are chew toys for billionaires.

Also, enough assets to make it worth .gov's efforts, but not enough to hire the top law firms to fight back.

land_of_the_few's picture

Your link says half, not most.

Implied Violins's picture

This would be news if the models were, say, arrested for shoplifting...

Justin Case's picture

Can't hide much in them outfits.

cbxer55's picture

They barely hide their assets.  ;-)

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

Now, now, it does have its good points.

For the economy and mom's basement dwellers alike.


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Their stuff is garbage, low quality, high price, all marketing. Looks like they're branching into S and M now gauging by the photo.


peddling-fiction's picture

Their overlords are into that stuff, just for starters.

They like to mistreat their shiksas.

Implied Violins's picture

I've read that models/actresses/singers that wear leopard or other 'cat' gear may very well be MKUltra mind-controlled Beta sex kittens. That one in the middle-right looks as if she's wearing something leopard-ish...

peddling-fiction's picture

Butterflies, cats, leopards, and bunnies (yep).

But all models and beauty pageant contestants could be or will eventually be, if they want to continue to be successful.

Pop music stars (most of them) and actors and actresses; look for videos of broken mirrors and psych wards. Wizard of Oz, Rainbows, Fantasia (Disney). Covering one eye is very telling. Checkerboard and/or black and white symbology. Roses. Purple.

Our world is full of miserable and evil people, and their victims.

The following site covers this sordid world.

Warning: it may be disturbing to follow the truth through symbols here:


Akzed's picture

No that's definitely cheetah-ish.

debtor of last resort's picture

Yeah, i'm into 'glasses' since my sixth.

Lore's picture

Most of the people who wear this stuff... Shouldn't.

The same applies to lululemon.  There ought to be a law.


Akzed's picture

"What's wrong with sexy?"

Justin Case's picture

Sounds like they didn't plan anything ahead time, just waltz in and do/go where ever ya like because you are?

Yoar not at home boys and girls you are guests in China and you follow their rules, just like the mericans want refugees and immigrants coming to merica to do. Don't like it? Leave, they won't miss ya.

land_of_the_few's picture

Yes and if anyone actually bothered to read the article, "security (last year in Paris) was so tight that cars dropping off VIP guests were only allowed to stop momentarily outside the venue, so celebrities had to circle the block before being dropped off."

Plus, the French robbed Kardashian. O tempore, o mores.

So basically them baaad baad Chicoms sorry French, were doing the same or worse to these noble, altruistic culture-bringers from Victoria's Secret last year.