Victoria is very popular in China, with more than 18 million followers on Weibo, ranking fourth most followed K-pop celebrity as of April 2015. She was ranked at #80 on The 2013 Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces and first on Sohu's 2011 Entertainment World's 50 Most Beautiful People. In 2014, she won the '2014 Goddess of Asia' poll with 579,298 votes. She was also named one of the top ten most popular celebrities on Baidu, ranking at #7.
Song Qian was born in Qingdao, Shandong. She left her hometown at a young age to study Chinese traditional dance at the Beijing Dance Academy. After her high school graduation, she was accepted to the Beijing Dance Academy and majored in Chineseethnic dance. In September 2007, Victoria was spotted by an SM employee at a Beijing dance competition and later joined the company. She passed her audition for SM Entertainment and began preparing for her acting and modeling career in South Korea. She trained for two years at SM before her debut, from 2007 to 2009. Victoria's first media appearance was for a Spris commercial in early 2008 with South Korean singer-actor Lee Joon-gi. In April 2008, she modeled for Samsung Anycall in a music video with Korean actor-singer Rain. She had also filmed a tourism commercial "Hi, Seoul" with TVXQ and Super Junior. In May 2008, she appeared in Shinee's music video for the song Replay.
Song Qian debuted as the leader and main dancer of Kpop girl group f(x) under the stage name "Victoria" after training for two years. On September 1, 2009, f(x)'s first single "La Cha Ta" was digitally released. The group's first broadcast performance of "La Cha Ta" was held at MBC's Show! Music Core. The group has currently released 4 studio albums and 2 extended plays in Korea.
In June 2010, Victoria became a cast member for the first season of the variety show Invincible Youth in which she was a part of G7, consisting of 7 female idols from various groups. In the same year, it was also announced that she was to be a cast member on the reality show We Got Married and would pair up with Nichkhun of 2PM. The couple was collectively known as Khuntoria in the variety show. Nichkhun and Victoria both gained entertainment-wide popularity as a result of the show's success. At the end of the year, Victoria won the 'Popularity Award' at the MBC Entertainment Awards for her popularity in We Got Married.
In January 2012, Victoria was casted to play the lead role in the Chinese-Taiwanese co-produced drama When Love Walked In,alongside label-mate Zhou Mi and Calvin Chen of the group Fahrenheit. The drama reached the number one spot in viewership ratings. She won the "Best Newcomer Actress Award" at the China National Drama Awards for her acting performance.
In 2013, Victoria was set to act in a drama titled Chinese Paladin 5, but filming and production was dissolved. She was then invited by director Li Shao to play the lead role for Cocoon Town Romance, a drama based on the "Tarot Goddess Sleuths" series. Filming for her second drama began in December 2013 and is set to be released in 2015. In June, Victoria appeared on Super Star China as a guest judge for one episode. She also became the MC for KBS program Glitter alongside actress Kim So-eun.
In 2014, Victoria was chosen to host the Korean-Chinese variety show titled Strongest Group together with Zhou Mi. She also featured in his solo album single, titled "Loving You". Victoria starred in Zhang Li Yin's music videos "Agape" and "Not Alone" as the lead female character alongside former EXO member Tao.
In May 2015, rumors of Victoria's contract termination with S.M. Entertainment starteed to spread on Weibo. The label stated that rumors of Victoria leaving the company were untrue and that they were currently in the process of establishing a personal studio for Victoria for her Chinese activities. Victoria later confirmed SM's stance, stating that she has never had any intention of terminating her contract with S.M. Entertainment. It was also revealed that she would team up with Chinese manager, Jia Shikai, for her local activities. In that same year, she played the lead role as Jiang Mei Li (姜美丽) in her third television drama, Hunan TV's Beautiful Secret. She released a solo single "Star Tears" for the drama's soundtrack. Victoria also starred in the movie My New Sassy Girl with Cha Tae Hyun, which was released simultaneously in South Korea and China in May. Aside from acting activities, Victoria also collaborated with Adidas for an endorsement project, and was featured as a photo-shoot model in the June issue of Cosmo Body. Later in the year, it was announced that Victoria was casted as one of the main roles in the Chinese remake film of My Best Friend's Wedding, which is set to be released on Valentine's Day in 2016. She participated in the filming of the movie in London, Italy and Beijing in July. On August 12, Victoria was cast as the lead female role for her fourth drama and first costume drama, Hunan TV's Ice Fantasy, which is set to be released in 2016 as well.
In November 1–2, 2012, she and Kangta also attended a cultural charity event in China, where they gave music and dance lessons to children in need. The event was organized by SM Entertainment and CJ E&M to celebrate 20 years of China and South Korea's diplomatic ties. At the end of 2014, Victoria opened a flea market where she sold her personal items for charity. She donated all proceeds to UNICEF on December 31. In April 2015, she and other Beautiful Secret cast members launched "Beautiful Childhood Secret" to promote awareness for children with hearing disabilities. The members and crew ordered customized picture books for the disabled children. In the same month, Victoria also auctioned off a handmade doll, named "Song Song", on the UNICEF charity auction site. In June, she participated in UNICEF's "Help Nepal Children" charity bracelet project.