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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: Katy Perry Reportedly Banned From Performing in China

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: Katy Perry Reportedly Banned From Performing in China

Now it looks like another planned appearance is falling through.

Another one missing out on the show is Katy Perry who was rumored to be performing, but was also denied a visa. The group was protesting the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with China, which they felt would hurt Taiwan's economy.

Her outfit wound up causing widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters.

Based on the history of cultural appropriation in the fashion show and China's political climate, it's unclear why Victoria's Secret ever thought this would be a good idea.

She is one of 55 models who have just landed in Shanghai for this year's runway show, but Fashionista, along with a multitude of Instagram fan accounts, are suggesting that this will be Ambrosio's final walk for VS.

Perry's rep did not comment when reached by Page Six. In February the United States model posted a video featuring her pulling a narrowed-eyes expression while holding a small Buddha.

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Earlier this week Gigi Hadid, the sister of Bella, confirmed she would no longer be taking part in the show, despite sharing her excitement about participating back in August.

Perry is not the first person whose involvement in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has been affected due to visa problems.

But Hadid isn't the only model facing setbacks.

"Hey guys, here in Shanghai still, nearly show time".

This comes after several models including Gigi Hadid, Julia Belyakova, Irina Sharipova, Dasha Khlystun and performer Katy Perry pulled out after it was reported they were denied visa access by authorities.

It's unclear why Victoria's Secret thought hosting a lingerie show in Shanghai, China, was a good idea. Last year, Angel Elsa Hosk notably wore a dragon on the runway, which many thought turned Chinese culture into a literal costume. It seems very tough to get a visa to China, indeed.