The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is facing some major roadblocks ahead of the taping of the show in Shanghai, China, because multiple models and performers have been denied entry into the country.
E! News reports that Katy Perry, who was set to be the big performer at the show, has been denied entry into China indefinitely because her 2015 performance in Taiwan was reportedly deemed “controversial” after she wore a sunflower dress that seemed to support the country’s efforts for independence.
The outlet even goes so far as to say the show is “falling apart” because “models are dropping like flies.”
Five models’ visas were denied, including top model Gigi Hadid, who tweeted to share the sad news.
I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year! 🙂 x
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 16, 2017
Hadid was reportedly denied entry into the country because of a February Instagram video in which she held up a biscuit shaped like a Buddha and imitated the religious figure by squinting her eyes, Fox News reports.
But if Hadid and Perry are the only big names out for the count, I’m going to go ahead and say the runway will be just fine. According to show executive producer Ed Razek, there are 55 models in the show this year representing 17 different countries.
Razek released a statement in an attempt to mitigate the rocky rumors, saying, “The news reports I’ve been reading from the US 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. This will, without question, be the biggest fashion event in history and our most ambitious show by far. The event is well in hand and coming together beautifully. We have more models than ever before — 55 representing 17 countries, and four world-class entertainers.”
Favorites like Adrianna Lima, Karlie Kloss, Bella Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge are all set to strut. Harry Styles will reportedly take over as the performer for the show.
As they say, the show must go on, right? Taping for the fashion show is set to take place on Monday. The show will air on Nov. 28, at 10 p.m. on CBS.