Model Gigi Hadid pulls out of Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai

Harper's Bazaar said other Victoria's Secret Angel models expected to make the show include Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Lily Aldridge, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, and Candice Swanepoel.

Perry's rep did not comment when reached by Page Six.

Perry's sunflower-emblazoned dress sparked a bit of a controversy because the flower has been associated with anti-China protesters in Taiwan following the 2014 Sunflower Student Movement.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is usually associated with fireworks, glitter, and general extravagance - but this year all of that has gone up in smoke.

Hadid did not gave any explanation for her absence but it is being talked that she is among the ones affected by the Chinese visa issue.

At one point during her 2015 concert, she even draped a Taiwanese flag over her sunflower dress, further angering a country that has long refused to recognize Taiwan as its territory.

This controversy isn't the first to impact the fashion show.

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Perry's failure to attend the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show comes immediately after model Gigi Hadid reportedly failed to secure a visa to enter China because of an Instagram video in which she allegedly mocked Asians, a source told Page Six. "Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the handsome show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year".

Earlier this year, the model was called out for "discrimination" after a video of her seemingly imitating Buddha's appearance surfaced online.

The clip was posted by the model's sister, Bella, in February and later deleted following a storm of criticism.

"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", a source told Page Six.

It seems like the show was doomed from the start.

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Victoria's Secret has a dark history of being accused of cultural appropriation in its annual fashion show.

It's also notoriously hard to get a visa to travel to China.

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