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Katy Perry Banned From China Ahead of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Katy Perry Banned From China Ahead of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Each year, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show picks 52 models to join the brand at a glitter-filled event debuting the newest VS line. "Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the lovely show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year! x", tweeted the 22-year-old.

Hadid - who was also set to star at the VS show - was reportedly banned from China after posting an Instagram video back in February which appeared to show her mimicking Buddha. The video was reportedly deemed an offensive gesture by the Chinese government.

"I really like Katy Perry, but I support this decision", wrote another Weibo user. Are their thongs made in China?

Katy Perry's visa for Victoria's Secret show in China denied
Katy Perry Banned From China Ahead of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Hadid did not mention the controversy this week when she tweeted about missing the show. She didn't give a specific reason why she wouldn't be attending, despite previously confirming that she would be there in August 2017. At a 2015 concert in Taipei, Perry wore a glittery sunflower-patterned dress and waved a Taiwanese flag during her performance. The sunflower had been adopted in 2014 by anti-China protesters, according to the publication.

This year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is set to air on November 28 at 10/9C on CBS.

Even though Hadid will not be walking the runway for Victoria's Secret this month, she has been keeping busy by collaborating with Stuart Weitzman on a line of mules, her favorite kind of shoe, and the two variations of suede, pointed-toe shoes launched this week.

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Perry has not commented publicly on the reported ban.

Sources told the site that Perry, 33, had applied for a visa but was denied by Chinese officials.

"For every artist who wants to perform in China, officials comb through social-media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country". Last year, Lady Gaga was banned from visiting China because she met with the Dalai Lama, and other celebs like Harrison Ford, Richard Gere and Maroon 5 have also been denied access.

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"Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas".

She is being replaced in the show by Harry Styles.

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