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

Entertainment Editor Richard Wilkins takes a look at Katy Perry’s new album, Witness.

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.

Hadid, who was number five on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid female models past year, earning $9 million, had expressed her participation in the show in August. Perry had also shown her support for Taiwan by draping its flag on her shoulders.

Katy Perry caused controversy in this sunflower dress.

A source told the site that before performers can enter 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".

As for Perry's replacement, Harry Styles will be performing in her stead.

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But Perry isn't the only super star missing the show.

The 27-year-old French model made her VS debut in 2016, walking in the Pink section of the show.

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.

Liu Wen, Taylor Hill, and Candice Swanepoel pose for a cute photo while making an appearance at the Victoria's Secret store at Lippo Plaza on Saturday (November 18) in Shanghai, China.

Hadid was reportedly denied access into the country because of a February Instagram video in which she held up a biscuit shaped like a Buddha and imitated the religious figure by squinting her eyes, Fox News reports. Gigi apologised on China's Twitter-like Weibo on September 1, declaring her "respect and love for the people of China". "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", the post said.

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