Victoria has over 20 million followers on Weibo, ranking fourth most followed K-pop celebrity as of April 2015. She was ranked No. 80 on The 2013 Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces. 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 No. 7.
Song Qian was born in Qingdao, China. 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 Chinese ethnic dance. In September 2007, Victoria was scouted 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.
Victoria debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group f(x) in September 2009.
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. She was also cast on the reality show We Got Married 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 stint in We Got Married.
In 2011, Victoria became an endorsement model for several brands, including Estee Lauder's lipstick, LG with f(x) and Girls' Generation, Smoothie King with Sulli, and Samsonite Red for Vogue Girl.
In January 2012, Victoria was cast to play the lead role in the Chinese-Taiwanese co-production 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 New Actress' award at the China TV Drama Awards for her performance. In December 2012, Victoria released a photo-essay book titled Victoria's Hong-Ma, which included her travel experiences in Hong Kong and Macao. The Chinese version of the book was subsequently released in 2013.
In 2013, Victoria was invited by director Li Shao to star in Cocoon Town Romance, a drama based on the "Tarot Goddess Sleuths" series. In June, Victoria became the MC for KBS's 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 was also featured in his solo album single, titled "Loving You". Victoria then starred in Zhang Liyin'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 started 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 SM Entertainment. It was also revealed that she would team up with Chinese manager Jia Shikai for her local activities.
Following the setup of her studio, Victoria starred in Hunan TV's Beautiful Secret. She released a solo single titled "Star Tears" for the drama's soundtrack. The drama eventually went on to record the highest average viewership ratings for the first half of 2016 in China.
In 2016, Victoria starred in My New Sassy Girl with Cha Tae-hyun. The film, a remake of My Sassy Girl (2001), was released simultaneously in South Korea and China. She then appeared in the Chinese remake film of My Best Friend's Wedding, playing the role of Kimberly Wallace in the original film. The same year, Victoria starred in Ice Fantasy, an epic fantasy drama adapted from the novel of the same name by Guo Jingming. She sang an OST for Ice Fantasy, titled "Li Luo", which is also her character's name in the drama. She was also cast in the modern drama Endless August by Anni Baobei alongside Rain.
From January to April 2017, Victoria co-hosted the variety program Ace vs Ace. She also became a fixed cast on Zhejiang TV's Beat The Champions. The same year, she starred in fantasy comedy film Wished, directed by Dayyan Eng. She also starred in the fantasy romance drama A Life Time Love alongside Huang Xiaoming, based on the novel Once Promised by Tong Hua.
On May 21, 2017, Victoria announced via Weibo that she would be releasing her first solo album soon. In August 2017, Victoria was cast in the fantasy romance drama His Excellency's First Love alongside Huang Jingyu.
Victoria will be appearing in the upcoming fantasy film Legend of the Ancient Sword, based on the video game Gu Jian Qi Tan 2. The film is directed by Renny Harlin and produced by Alibaba Pictures, and will be released in 2018.
In 2008, Victoria and Super Junior-M participated in a campaign for Chinese athletes during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. In 2010, she and fellow f(x) members were appointed ambassadors for a blood donation campaign for "World Blood Donor Day". The following year, she participated in the press conference to promote awareness for a fundraising campaign to help children in Africa, which was jointly organized by the Red Cross and UNICEF.
In November 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.
Towards 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 and in June, she participated in UNICEF's "Help Nepal Children" charity bracelet project.