Victoria’s Secret “Christmas Dreams and Fantasies” fashion show was interrupted by a PETA protest:
- Activists for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals rushed the stage as Gisele Bundchen strutted down the runway in a beaded bra and panties, thigh-high black stockings and red strappy heels. The four female protesters, carrying signs that read “Gisele: Fur Scum,” shouted at the supermodel as she calmly completed her runway turn.
The protesters were taken away, the lights went down and the segment of the show that was interrupted was redone. As Bundchen strode out for the second time in the outfit, the audience erupted into applause for the composed supermodel.
The dramatic confrontation was oddly fitting in a show that featured tried-and-true black lace numbers as well as everything from clear go-go boots with Day-Glo lingerie to fur caps paired with moccasin boots. And wings, lots of wings.
“This year we really worked much harder to develop a connection with hot-off-the-runway products,” said Grace Nichols, president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret Stores.
Longtime Victoria’s Secret model Heidi Klum and Sugar Ray front man Mark McGrath served as hosts, while R&B trio Destiny’s Child sang “The Eight Days of Christmas” and salsa singer Marc Anthony performed “Tragedy.”
With the redo, the protest will never make the TV broadcast on CBS November 20, but it sure would be fun if it did: the bellowing loons in contrast to the cool and collected supermodel would speak volumes about perspective.
I would also like to see a counterprotest from PETS: People for the Ethical Treatment of Supermodels.