The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is usually associated with fireworks, glitter, and general extravagance - but this year all of that has gone up in smoke. It wasn't immediately clear why the models would be barred from walking the runway Shanghai.
Perry is allegedly banned from traveling to China because of what she wore during a 2015 performance in Taipei, Taiwan: a sequined dress decorated embellished with sunflowers - a symbol for anti-China protesters the year before Perry's performance. Model Gigi Hadid confirmed her absence on Twitter.
Sources told the publication that the "Roar" singer had tried applying for a visa to enter the conservative, communist country, but was denied by Chinese officials.
The dress caused widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted by a Taiwanese protest group called The Sunflower Student Movement. "We have more models than ever before - 55 representing 17 countries, and four world-class entertainers", Razek continued. Well, the spectators may miss someone special in the show this time. Irina Sharipova, Kate Grigorieva, Julia Belyakova, and Dasha Khlystun have reportedly been denied Chinese visas, and thus unable to walk in the show when it tapes on Monday, Nov. 21.
While Hadid gave no reason for the reversal, reports suggest she pulled out following an online video showing her apparently making a slant-eyes face sparked criticism in China. Representatives from the models' agencies and Victoria's Secret declined to comment on the situation or did not respond INSIDER's requests for comment.
It's unclear why Victoria's Secret thought hosting a lingerie show in Shanghai, China, was a good idea.
It's also notoriously hard to get a visa to travel to China.