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

by Sophie Craig November 19, 2017, 0:58
Katy Perry banned from China 'indefinitely' days before Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

She was accused of donning a politically charged dress which was embellished with sunflowers during her performance in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.

At one point during her 2015 concert, she even draped a Taiwanese flag over her sunflower dress, further angering a country that has long refused to recognize Taiwan as its territory. According to Page Six, Adriana Lima might miss her second Victoria's Secret show since 1999 because her visa is being reportedly delayed over an "ongoing diplomatic problem".

Perry has not commented publicly on the reported ban.

The sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters in Taiwan, the Post said. "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter". Model Gigi Hadid confirmed her absence on Twitter.

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.

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The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is being filmed in Shanghai, and there's no shortage of wonderful models walking in the highly anticipated runway show-even though fan-favorite Gigi Hadid dropped out last minute.

Page Six reports that Styles will replace Perry on the catwalk this year alongside the likes of Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and more. Harry Styles has been reported as her replacement.

Hadid did not gave any explanation for her absence but it is being talked that she is among the ones affected by the Chinese visa issue.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show takes place on November 28, 2017.

As Page Six reports, VS models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, and Irina Sharipova have also been denied entry to China and will not walk in Monday's show. Last year, Angel Elsa Hosk notably wore a dragon on the runway, which many thought turned Chinese culture into a literal costume.


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