Katy Perry has been axed from the upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai just days after fellow a-lister Gigi Hadid pulled out.
Perry, who was set to perform, has reportedly been denied a visa, a decision said to be linked to a costume she wore in 2015 in Taiwan.
The banning is said to be linked to the controversial outfit, which consisted of glittery dress with sunflowers on it during a performance in Taipei.
Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai gets messy as Katy Perry and Gigi Hadid are denied Visas https://t.co/lAFU1IELOl
— Fortune (@FortuneMagazine) November 18, 2017
The outfit outraged Chinese authorities, according to reports, because the sunflower was at the time an anti-China symbol inside the Asian superpower.
The news comes after Gigi Hadid this week pulled out of the show, with that decision potentially linked to social-media posts deemed offensive by Chinese censors.
Top US fashion model Gigi Hadid pulls out of the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai after an online video showing her apparently making a slant-eyes face sparked criticism in China https://t.co/7TWkDnfmE0 pic.twitter.com/b8shKjxEEE
— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 17, 2017