Katy Perry banned from China ahead of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

The model was accused of racist behaviour by Chinese internet users a few months ago

Katy Perry banned from China ahead of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

With Perry, Chinese officials reportedly took offense at her wearing a dress with sunflowers on it during a 2015 performance in Taiwan.

The sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters in Taiwan, the Post said. However, in Taipei, unlike in Shanghai, Perry also wrapped a Taiwanese flag around her shoulders. Chinese officials told Victoria's Secret not to bring Gigi as a model or the would consider banning the brand, according to MSN.

Before granting everyone who is participating in the event any visa access to the country, China is reportedly combing through each individual's social media profiles. "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter". It's been speculated, for example, that Hadid's visa was denied as part of the fallout from a video posted on her sister Bella's Instagram that ostensibly depicted Hadid imitating a Buddha-shaped cookie by squinting her eyes. VS model including Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova have been denied visas. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit! Adriana Lima's visa has apparently also been delayed due to "an ongoing 'diplomatic problem, '" according to Page Six.

Katy Perry banned from China ahead of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Insiders with the show say the Chinese government is firmly to blame for turning the show into an worldwide media disaster and coordinators are "on the verge of nervous breakdowns". On Thursday it was reported that both the media and some of the models scheduled to attend the lingerie company's annual fashion show in Shanghai were canceling their trips after the Chinese government refused them visas.

"If you're going to China, you want to show that you are in China!" an insider griped to Page Six.

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