Katy Perry banned from performing at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai

Peter Castro
November 18, 2017

The announcement is the second apparent snag to hit the USA lingerie maker's A-list underwear extravaganza set, following reports that three Russians and one Ukrainian model had failed to obtain Chinese visas.

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 Monday's big event.

It was not immediately clear whether Hadid had been denied a visa.

Perry's sunflower-emblazoned dress sparked a bit of a controversy because the flower has been associated with anti-China protesters in Taiwan following the 2014 Sunflower Student Movement. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!" the model wrote.

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. Taiwan has been in conflict with China over its independence for many years. With the show taking place in Shanghai, commenters called for the model to drop out nearly immediately after news broke that she was joining the 2017 model cast.

Hadid and her sister Bella announced that they would be walking the runway at the show scheduled for Tuesday in August.

Gigi Hadid No Longer Walking in Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017
Gigi announced that she would be walking in her third VS Fashion Show back in August, sharing a throwback video from a previous fitting.

She later apologized on her official Weibo account, but her fans pointed out that the message was not enough, since people outside of China could not see it. This would have marked her second time at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, after performing in 2010.

She then issued an apology on a Chinese social media platform after Chinese web users left thousands of any comments calling for a boycott of Gigi.

"Suddenly I have better feelings about VS".

Page Six also reports that models Gigi Hadid, Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova may have all been banned too for various reasons.

Representatives for Hadid and Victoria's Secret did not respond to INSIDER's requests for comment about the situation.

The annual show, viewed by millions worldwide, features the planet's top models including Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jasmine Tookes and Lais Ribeiro. Many fans are reportedly unaware of this fact and have purchased what they believe to be tickets to the show for tens of thousands of dollars online. "Thank you my friends @ed_razek @10magazine @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro for another unforgettable opportunity; every aspect makes me feel like a dreaming kid again". Another reiterated, "China did what was right!"

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