Katy Perry, Gigi Hadid Denied Entry to China

Carla Harmon
November 17, 2017

Perry slipped into a sparkling chartreuse dress dotted with sunflowers, just one of the array of technicolor looks she's brought on her Prismatic tour, and performed in front of a microphone stand in the shape of a giant sunflower. In addition to people not being allowed in the country, producers are being denied access to shoot anywhere outside of the Mercedes-Benz Studio, where the show is being filmed. (Taiwan has been seeking independence for years from China.) The sunflower was "adopted the year before by anti-China protesters", Page Six wrote.

Widespread reports claim Chinese authorities denied the singer's visa application following her controversial behaviour at a 2015 concert in Taiwan. Chinese officials told Victoria's Secret not to bring Gigi as a model or the would consider banning the brand, according to MSN.

China is reportedly combing through the social media accounts of Victoria's Secret Angels and performers, checking to see if they've posted anything that might be deemed offensive, and denying visas if so.

Perry also draped the Taiwanese flag over her shoulders in an apparent show of support for the country. "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter". The publication is also suggesting that visas are the reason that Gigi Hadid is not able to participate this year as well. Adriana Lima's visa has apparently also been delayed due to "an ongoing 'diplomatic problem, '" according to Page Six.

Hadid was seen squinting her eyes and smiling while holding a Buddha cookie in a video shared online by her model sister Bella in February. "These TV companies are spending a fortune on it, and they don't even know what they can shoot when they get there".

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