Gigi Hadid Drops Out of the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

"The news reports I've been reading from the United States 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", he said. A source said: "She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa".

Back in 2015, Katy Perry had performed in Taipei, Taiwan, wearing a bright dress decorated with sunflowers.

"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", the source told Page Six. Some say that Taylor Swift can be an option, but she might or might not be able to access the country considering her last album's title - that is also her birth year - 1989, is sort of a taboo topic in China.

Perry has not commented publicly on the reported ban.

It has, however, been revealed who will replace Perry - none other than One Direction band member turned actor Harry Styles. 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.

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

Page Six published a report suggesting that Gigi has been banned because of an Instagram video which had been posted by her sister Bella Hadid in February - she was seen holding up a Buddha-shaped biscuit and also imitating the religious figure as well.

Plus, on Tuesday, Fashionista reported that Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, and Irina Sharipova of Russian Federation and Dasha Khlystun of Ukraine have all been denied visas to travel to China.

Supermodel Adriana Lima's visa is in limbo due to a "diplomatic problem", according to Page Six.

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