UPDATE Katy Perry has had her visa revoked after Chinese officials discovered that she performed in Taipei in a sunflower covered dress. Taiwan and China are at odds and the sunflower was at that time a symbol of Chinese opposition. Harry Styles is scheduled to replace Katy Perry. I believe that Taylor Swift is also supposed to be performing.
For some crazy reason, Victoria’s Secret decided to hold their lingerie fashion show in Shanghai this year. That turned out to be a really bad idea. As it turns out, China has lots of strict rules and regulations about media events. The production crew has already been told they are only allowed to film inside the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
In addition, the visa application process is fairly rigorous and a number of very specific requirements must be met. They also do a background check. As it turns out, several fashion bloggers and other members of the press were denied visas. The Chinese government has forbidden any press releases about the runway show.
Gigi Hadid had her visa application denied. I tend to believe that it was due to some minor error on her application that cause it to be kicked out, but some sites are saying it was because of a joke she made a while back at a birthday party. At the party, there were cookies shaped like Buddha’s head. She held the cookie up to her face and tried to mimic the cookie by squinting her eyes. The Internet sort of lost their minds and accused her of mocking Asians. I thought that was a bit of a reach. Russian models Irina Sharipov, Julia Belyakova, and Kate Grigorieva,as well as Ukrainian model Dasha Khlystun were also denied visas according to multiple sources. Bella Hadid apparently has received the proper visa to walk in the show.
At this point, the event is in twelve days and the show might not even be able to go on. It is scheduled to be televised on November 28th.
Meanwhile, Gigi has started filling her Instagram with photos of her charity work that benefits Asian preschools. I kind of feel sorry for her. I haven’t seen any response by Yolanda thus far.
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