LOOK: Victoria's Secret fashion show struts into Shanghai

Dan Martin, Agence France Presse

Posted at Nov 21 2017 12:52 AM

SHANGHAI - Victoria's Secret brought its racy annual fashion show to Shanghai on Monday night, making its debut in China's growing lingerie market in typically brazen style but with added Chinese flair.

English heartthrob Harry Styles headlined the musical acts as the world's top models strutted in skimpy bras and underwear in Shanghai's Mercedes Benz Arena, in what the US lingerie brand dubs the sexiest show on earth.

The show, now in its 23rd year, has faced past criticism for leaning heavily towards western models, but this year it features a record 55 women from 20 countries.

Model Xiao Wen (L) takes pictures with her phone before the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017 Aly Song, Reuters

Alessandra Ambrosio (C) is pictured backstage before the start of the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. Chandan Khanna, AFP

South African model Candice Swanepoel presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017 Fred Dufour, AFP

Portuguese model Sara Sampaio presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. Fred Dufour, AFP

Chinese model Ming Xi presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. Fred Dufour, AFP

Brazilian model Adriana Lima presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. Fred Dufour, AFP

Model Sara Sampaio presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. Aly Song, Reuters

Model Josephine Skriver presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. Aly Song, Reuters

Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. Fred Dufour, AFP

Model Stella Maxwell presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. Aly Song, Reuters

British model Alexina Graham presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. Fred Dufour, AFP

Model Ming Xi falls as she presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. Aly Song, Reuters

Models celebrate at the end of the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. Aly Song, Reuters