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Yesterday, Gigi Hadid announced she wouldn't be participating in Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year in China and it's rumored it's because she couldn't secure a visa.

Her outfit wound up causing widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters.

Viewership for the VS fashion show seems to have steadily declined in the last few years; the holiday-themed lingerie special averaged a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 in 2014 before dropping to an average 2.3 rating in 2015 and then an average 2.1 rating in 2016. Harry Styles will make an appearance on the runway as one of the confirmed acts of the night. Model Gigi Hadid confirmed her absence on Twitter. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!" It's been reported that four models and several bloggers were denied Visas to enter China, and Adriana Lima's visa is in purgatory.

That's how the cookie crumbles: Gigi meanwhile was reportedly because of a "racist" video she posted back in February of her pulling a face in a lighthearted imitation of a Buddha cookie.

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Another one missing out on the show is Katy Perry who was rumored to be performing, but was also denied a visa.

Ed Razek, executive producer of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and chief creative officer at Victoria's Secret, told People: 'We started booking our musical guests months ago when Harry Styles, worldwide superstar, signed on.

Hadid did not give a reason and Victoria's Secret refused to comment on the issue. Many including ulia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova from Russian Federation, as well as Dasha Khlystun from Ukraine were all denied the requisite visa. This isn't the only setback Victoria's Secret staff is facing while producing the 2017 show in Shanghai, according to reports. 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.


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