2017-11-18 06:00:35 UTC
The Victorias Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai is disintegrating
faster than a cheap lace thong.
Katy Perry, who was set to perform, has now been banned from China
indefinitely along with a host of top models, including Gigi Hadid
after being booked in advance for Mondays big event.
Sources exclusively told Page Six on Thursday that the Swish Swish
singer had tried applying for a visa to enter the communist nation,
but was denied by Chinese officials.
While she initially was informed that shed be able to gain access,
the decision apparently was reversed after the government caught wind
of a controversial incident from 2015, in which Perry 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.
To drive her point home, Perry also waved a Taiwanese flag during the
concert in a show of support for the country, which has been butting
heads with China for years over its independence.
She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in
Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her
visa, a source explained. For every artist who wants to perform in
China, officials comb through their social-media and press reports to
see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country.
Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the
Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter.
The models, meanwhile, were believed to have been banned due to
various social-media posts they made, which apparently were deemed
Sources told Page Six that Hadid, who was booked for the show back in
August, was banned because of a February Instagram video in which
she held up a biscuit shaped like a Buddha and imitated the religious
figure by squinting her eyes.
The clip was posted by the models sister, Bella, in February and
later deleted following a storm of criticism. Chinese social-media
users warned her not to come to Shanghai, calling her racist.
Some of Victorias Secrets 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 Limas visa has been held up due to an ongoing
Perrys rep did not comment when reached by Page Six.
She is being replaced in the show by Harry Styles.