Victoria’s Secret is running into more roadblocks ahead of this year’s fashion show — set to film live on November 28 in Shanghai. In the wake of issues getting many of their models visas to be able to participate, they’ve now found themselves without a performer, as Katy Perry has been officially banned from performing at the show, reports Page Six. The publication is also suggesting that visas are the reason that Gigi Hadid is not able to participate this year as well.
On Thursday night, Page Six wrote of Katy, “While she was initially informed that she’d be able to gain access, the decision was apparently reversed after the government caught wind of a controversial incident from 2015, in which Perry donned a bright, glittery dress with sunflowers on it during a performance in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Her outfit wound up causing widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters.” Katy is one for the dramatic flair when it comes to her on-stage persona, but Victoria’s Secret certainly didn’t anticipate her not being able to participate in the show at all because of a costume. According to the report, the brand is now left hanging, struggling to find a replacement.
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. That tactic has not only landed Katy a front-row seat watching the show from a television in the United States, but models have also been told they will no longer be able to walk in the show. Four other models have already been officially denied entry, and Adriana Lima’s visa is still in purgatory, reports say. What’s more, many bloggers invited to watch will not be able to attend either, according to reports.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is quite an event every year, but it seems as though this season’s show is crumbling before our eyes. Here’s hoping the brand is able to recover.