The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show marks the first time the lingerie brand is holding its annual glittery extravaganza in Shanghai, China. Based on recent headaches for production, I bet it’s the last. At least for the foreseeable future. Two marquee names have been reportedly denied visas to enter the country.
Katy Perry, who was scheduled to perform, had to cancel last minute due to the legal obstacle. Government officials apparently took issue with a dress Perry wore during a 2015 performance in Taipei, according to Page Six. Her yellow gown was adorned with two sunflowers. The flower is a symbol for a group of anti-China protesters.
Meanwhile, Gigi Hadid fell victim to the hashtag #GigiGetOutOfChina. Earlier this year, the leggy blonde was criticized for an Instagram post where she allegedly mocked Asian facial features. She squinted her eyes to imitate Buddha’s face on a cookie that she was holding up.
This development comes just days after reports four models, who were supposed to walk in the show, were also denied Chinese visas. Interestingly, all four women are from Russia and Ukraine. Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova from the former and Dasha Khlystun from the latter. No word on exactly why they were denied, but some speculate it had something to do with a 14-year-old Russian model dying at Shanghai Fashion Week.
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