Katy Perry banned from China 'indefinitely' days before Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Katy Perry banned from China 'indefinitely' days before Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Katy Perry banned from China 'indefinitely' days before Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Hadid's withdrawal averts a potential PR disaster for Victoria's Secret, which is hoping to shore up a sagging bottom line by pushing into China's growing intimate-wear market.

Top model Gigi Hadid backed out of the show following allegations that she "discriminated" against Chinese people. Reports suggest that Chinese officials look through the social media profiles of artists before such big events to check if they have been involved in offensive activities toward the nation.

"I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year", the 22-year-old said on Twitter.

Katy Perry has also been banned from the Shanghai Fashion Show, allegedly, of course.

According to Page Six, the Swish Swish singer has been denied access to China. The sunflower had been a symbol for Taiwanese anti-China protesters, and Perry's choice of outfit did not go unnoticed.

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That's how the cookie crumbles: Gigi meanwhile was reportedly because of a "racist" video she posted back in February of her pulling a face in a lighthearted imitation of a Buddha cookie. Perry wore a sunflower dress, which she wore during a performance in Taiwain.

There may be no Gigi Hadid or Katy Perry, but Harry Styles will be taking to the Victoria's Secret stage.

But Hadid isn't the only model facing setbacks.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is set to feature 18 new models including newcomers Estelle Chen and Victoria Lee along with veterans such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and Behati Prinsloo. Many including ulia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova from Russian Federation, as well as Dasha Khlystun from Ukraine were all denied the requisite visa. Representatives from the models' agencies and Victoria's Secret declined to comment on the situation or did not respond INSIDER's requests for comment.

Victoria's Secret has a dark history of being accused of cultural appropriation in its annual fashion show.

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