Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: Katy Perry Reportedly Banned From Performing in China

Touchy subject Perry meanwhile was supposedly banned because she wore a Taiwanese flag during a 2015 concert in Taipei

Entertainment Editor Richard Wilkins takes a look at Katy Perry’s new album, Witness.

The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is being filmed in Shanghai, and there's no shortage of unbelievable models walking in the highly anticipated runway show-even though fan-favorite Gigi Hadid dropped out last minute. The VS show is scheduled to tape live in Shanghai on September 28.

A source told Page Six that Perry had originally been able to obtain a visa to enter the communist country, but then had it pulled at the last minute.

The dress caused widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted by a Taiwanese protest group called The Sunflower Student Movement. Perry had also shown her support for Taiwan by draping its flag on her shoulders. On Friday, Page Six reported that Katy Perry is now backing out of the show, as she was denied a visa by the Chinese government, and possibly for political reasons. "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter". This time it's a musical performer: Katy Perry.

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The Shanghai show is shaping up to be a star-studded event, and we're betting it will be one for the books! Model Gigi Hadid confirmed her absence on Twitter. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!"

Announced in August, Victoria's Secret show is set to be held in Shanghai on Monday, November 20. After months of speculation, and the sad news that Gigi Hadid is no longer taking part, the final line-up of Victoria's Secret models is here. "I have learned to be very careful of how my actions can come off or be portrayed, and I'm hopeful you'll accept my apology", the post said.

Alongside Gigi Hadid, some other big names of Victoria's Secret have been denied Chinese visa. Hadid didn't share any other details but she could be among one of the few models who weren't able to obtain Chinese Visas to make the trip, including Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova from Russian Federation, as well as Dasha Khlystun from Ukraine.

Page Six also noted that Adriana Lima is also having difficulties securing her visa due to a "diplomatic problem".



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