Katy Perry Banned From China Ahead of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Gigi Hadid

Perry had also shown her support for Taiwan by draping its flag on her shoulders.

"Victoria's Secret will not have a response", a spokeswoman told the Associated Press by email.

Representatives for Perry and Victoria's Secret didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment regarding this situation.

Harry Styles will perform at the Victoria's Secret fashion show in China tomorrow (November 20), it has been announced.

Sources for Page Six reported that though Perry was told she would be able to enter the country to perform during the fashion show, the Chinese government instead chose to deny her a visa after discovering that Perry wore a sunflower dress while performing in Taiwan back in 2015.

The ensemble caused intense backlash, as the sunflower has become the adopted symbol of anti-China protesters one year prior. "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter". Katy Perry, who was slated to sing at the show, won't be able to make it to Shanghai, either.

Top model Gigi Hadid backed out of the show following allegations that she "discriminated" against Chinese people.

In February, a clip surfaced showing Zayn Malik's girlfriend pulling her face as she tried to imitate a Buddha cookie. The younger Hadid model, Bella, who had posted the video that was later deleted, would be seen walking down the ramp for the company though.

Ed Razek, the show's executive producer and chief creative officer of Victoria's Secret, said: "The news reports I've been reading from the USA here in Shanghai regarding this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show are not an accurate reflection of what I'm seeing and experiencing on site". However, models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova have reportedly been denied entry into China because of "offensive" social media posts.

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

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