"She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa", a source said.
Back in 2015, Katy Perry had performed in Taipei, Taiwan, wearing a bright dress decorated with sunflowers.
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.
Katy Perry has been 'banned indefinitely' from China
After the video was posted, the 22-year-old model wrote: "It hurts me to hurt anyone, and I want you all to know that it was never my intent to offend anyone through my actions and I sincerely apologise to those..." Model Gigi Hadid confirmed her absence on Twitter.
Perry has not commented publicly on the reported ban. 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.
The clip was posted by the model's sister, Bella, in February and later deleted following a storm of criticism. 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. Harry Styles has been reported as her replacement. 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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