Katy Perry and Gigi Hadid Banned From 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Find out why they were booted from the high-profile gig
Fashion’s sexiest night is looking like a hot mess.
Though the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is just days away, the annual televised lingerie spectacular is nowhere close to being ready for TV. Insiders say things are quickly falling apart after Katy Perry, who was set to perform, was booted from the high-profile gig taking place in Shanghai, China.
What’s worse: Several of the top models slated to appear on the runway — including industry darling Gigi Hadid — have also been banned from walking the catwalk!
Banned From China
Page Six reports Katy was denied a working visa from Chinese officials despite already agreeing to perform at the fashion show.
The “Swish Swish” singer was initially told she would be able to gain access into the country, but the decision was reversed when the government learned of a 2015 incident in which she seemingly endorsed Taiwan’s independence, according to a source.
During a performance in the island nation’s capital of Taipei, the 33-year-old wore a glittery dress adorned with sunflowers — an image adopted by Taiwanese anti-China protestors the year before. Katy further angered people when she draped a Taiwanese flag over her floral gown, a move that many perceived as support of Taiwan being recognized as its own territory.
One insider explained, “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. Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter.”
Meanwhile, Gigi was forced to drop out of the fashion show because of an offensive Instagram video that showed her mocking Asians while posing with a Buddha-shaped cookie, the source claimed.
The video, which was taken by sister Bella Hadid during a private dinner party, infuriated fans when it was shared online earlier this year. When Gigi announced she would be taking part in the Shanghai runway show this August, the controversial clip resurfaced as many Chinese citizens called for her to be banned from their country.
On Thursday, the 22-year-old announced she would not be appearing in the televised special any longer, tweeting:
“I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can’t wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can’t wait for next year! :) x”