Katy Perry Reportedly Denied Visa to China Before the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Katy Perry, who had been rumored to be performing the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, will no longer be able to do so, Page Six is reporting. The singer was denied her request for a Chinese visa and has been banned from the country indefinitely, sources tell the outlet.
“She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa,” a source said. “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.”
With Perry, Chinese officials reportedly took offense at her wearing a dress with sunflowers on it during a 2015 performance in Taiwan. (Taiwan has been seeking independence for years from China.) The sunflower was “adopted the year before by anti-China protesters,” Page Six wrote. Perry also waved a Taiwanese flag during her performance, which allegedly further damaged Perry’s chances for a visa.
She’ll be replaced by Harry Styles as a performer, according to Page Six. Victoria’s Secret has not officially announced its performers yet, though Styles, Perry, and Taylor Swift were all rumored to be doing the show.
Perry is not the only big name to drop out of the show just as it’s about to begin. Gigi Hadid announced on Twitter yesterday she would be unable to do the show, and Fashionista reportedthat several other models had been denied visas.