This year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show performers have been confirmed

This year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show performers have been confirmed

Reports suggest that Chinese officials look through the social media profiles of artists before such big events to check if they have been involved in offensive activities toward the nation.

"This will, without question, be the biggest fashion event in history and our most ambitious show by far", Ed Razek, chief creative officer at Victoria's Secret, told People.

"Victoria's Secret will not have a response", a spokeswoman told the Associated Press by email. During her performance, Katy also waived the Taiwanese flag in support.

Perry has not commented publicly on the reported ban.

The ensemble caused intense backlash, as the sunflower has become the adopted symbol of anti-China protesters one year prior. This time it's a musical performer: Katy Perry.

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

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Hadid said in a post on her Twitter account Friday: "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year". It was speculated that she was unable to get her visa after a video of her squinting her eyes while holding up a Buddha cookie resurfaced when she announced that she would be headed to Shanghai.

Rumour has it that the 36-year-old is retiring from Victoria's Secret after 12 years with the brand to focus on other projects, having just turned her hand at acting in the recently released movie Daddy's Home 2.

But Hadid isn't the only model facing setbacks.

Ed Razek, the show's executive producer and chief creative officer of Victoria's Secret, said: "The news reports I've been reading from the United States here in Shanghai regarding this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show are not an accurate reflection of what I'm seeing and experiencing on site". Hadid didn't share any other details but she could be among one of the few models who weren't able to obtain Chinese Visas to make the trip, including Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova from Russian Federation, as well as Dasha Khlystun from Ukraine.

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