Hadid, who was number five on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid female models past year, earning $9 million, had expressed her participation in the show in August.
To drive her point home, Perry also waved a Taiwanese flag during the concert in show of support for the country, which has been butting heads with China for years over its independence. In February the U.S. model posted a video featuring her pulling a narrowed-eyes expression while holding a small Buddha. A source said: "She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa".
Perry has not commented publicly on the reported ban.
From what most publications and commenters on social media say, Hadid has also been denied a visa to the country because of the racist video of hers that had surfaced in September.
Longtime DC Comics editor fired after sexual harassment allegations resurface
Instead of being investigated, or fired , Berganaza was named executive editor later that same year. Eventually she and all of the other women involved in the group complaint left DC.
On Thursday, Gigi Hadid shared on Twitter she would not walk in the VS Fashion Show, writing "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year", she shared. 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. "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". However, models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova have reportedly been denied entry into China because of "offensive" social media posts.
It has, however, been revealed who will replace Perry - none other than One Direction band member turned actor Harry Styles. Last year, Angel Elsa Hosk notably wore a dragon on the runway, which many thought turned Chinese culture into a literal costume.
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