The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai was to include a performance from Katy Perry, but she has now been banned from China indefinitely — along with a host of top models, including Gigi Hadid — after being booked in advance for Monday’s big event.
Katy had tried applying for a visa to enter the communist nation, but was denied by Chinese officials. While she was initially informed that she’d be able to gain access, the decision was apparently reversed after the government caught wind of a controversial incident from 2015, in which she wore a bright, glittery dress with sunflowers on it during a performance in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
Her outfit wound up causing widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters. (Katy also waved a Taiwanese flag during the concert in show of support for the country, which has been butting heads with China for years over its independence.)
Gigi Hadid won’t be walking in the show after she came under fire in China over a controversial video showing her squinting her eyes to imitate Buddha a few months ago.
Other models, meanwhile, were believed to have been banned due to various social-media posts that they made, which were apparently deemed offensive.
Some of Victoria’s Secret’s biggest names have been denied entry to China, in addition to lesser-known models, such as Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova.
Model Adriana Lima’s visa has been held up due to an ongoing “diplomatic problem.”
Source: Page Six