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Katy Perry and Gigi Hadid banned from the Victoria's Secret Fashion show in China

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The Victoria´s Secret fashion show, one of the most anticipated and lavish shows in the fashion industry, is about to take place in Shanghai, China but it won’t go as originally planned.

It has been announced that 'Firework' singer, Katy Perry, who was set up to be one of the guests performing at this years' VS show along with much cherished VS Angel, Gigi Hadid, were denied entry through the Chinese borders and therefore won’t be able to attend the show.

Katy Perry initially confirmed she would join artists Miguel and Jane Zhang on VS runway until Chinese officials reversed their decision and denied her visa application for an indefinite time. The reason, it seems, comes down to a dress she wore during a performance in Taipei, Taiwan, back in 2015. The dress, being adorned with sunflowers, created controversy at the time, as sunflowers are considered the symbol of anti-China protests.

And, to make matters worse, at the same event Katy waved a Taiwanese flag to show support for her host country. A country now in major conflicts with China over Taiwan’s independence. Katy Perry has now been replaced by Harry Styles.

source speaking to Fox News commented on the matter, “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. Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter.”

Gigi Hadid’s behavior on social media was also considered disrespectful, specifically an Instagram video taken in February by her sister, Bella. The video showed Gigi imitating a Buddha-shaped biscuit she was holding up by squinting her eyes. China, claiming this was a racist act, have likewise banned her from entering the country.

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Gigi expressed her sadness for not taking part in this year’s event on Twitter last Thursday, stating that she will be with her VS family in spirit and apologising for her actions. “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.”

But Gigi and Katy are not alone. A considerably long list of celebrities have denied entry in China already, namely Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Maroon 5 as well as many other well-known Victoria’s Secret models, such as Adriana Lima.

Is this an issue of ill-respect? Or is China taking things all too seriously?

The Victoria’s Secret fashion show airs on November 28 at 10 p.m. on CBS and will be broadcasting in 190 countries.

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