Victoria's Secret Fashion Show chaos: Katy Perry 'banned' from lingerie parade

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While Perry will be replaced in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show by former One Direction band member Harry Styles, other models besides Hadid have been unable to secure visas to China, including Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova and Julia Belyakova. As previously reported, the post shared on Instagram showed the model holding up a chocolate dessert shaped like a sumo wrestler's face and imitating the face by squinting her eyes.

Neither Gigi nor Victorias Secret have given a reason for Gigi's absence from this year's show.

She tweeted on Thursday, "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year". Page Six reports that the singer was informed she'd be granted access, but that changed after the government became aware of a sunflower dress she had worn during a performance in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2015.

Yesterday, Gigi Hadid announced she wouldn't be participating in Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year in China and it's rumored it's because she couldn't secure a visa. At the time, Katy's dress was perceived by China as her voicing support for Taiwanese anti-China protestors, who made the sunflower as part of their campaign the year before.

China views Taiwan as a breakaway state and refuses to recognize it as an independent country.

'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, ' a source told the publication.

Model Adriana Lima's visa has been held up due to an ongoing "diplomatic problem".

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Katy's reps for comment. Though the model gave no explanation for her withdrawal, sources said she was also banned from entering the country over a controversial video from February where she appeared to mock Asians. She admitted on the Today Show that she doesn't actually feel like she deserves the award, according to Teen Vogue.

Based on the history of cultural appropriation in the fashion show and China's political climate, it's unclear why Victoria's Secret ever thought this would be a good idea.

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