Gigi Hadid will not be walking in the Victorias Secret Fashion Show

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In addition to people not being allowed in the country, producers are being denied access to shoot anywhere outside of the Mercedes-Benz Studio, where the show is being filmed. In an announcement on Twitter she posted, "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year".

In another performance during the same show, Perry also wore a sunflower dress which was largely perceived as a reference to Taiwan's "Sunflower Revolution".

Even though Hadid will not be walking the runway for Victoria's Secret this month, she has been keeping busy by collaborating with Stuart Weitzman on a line of mules, her favorite kind of shoe, and the two variations of suede, pointed-toe shoes launched this week.

The Swish Swish singer wore a bright dress with sunflowers on during that gig, which caused outrage in China as the sunflower had been adopted as a symbol by anti-Chinese protesters - the Sunflower Student Movement - in 2014.

As Page Six reports, VS models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, and Irina Sharipova have also been denied entry to China and will not walk in Monday's show.

Katy Perry, who was set to perform at the show, as well as one of the biggest names to be associated with the Victoria's Secret brand, Gigi Hadid, have been banned from China "indefinitely" and have been unable to score visas to enter the country, Page Six reports. Sunflowers were apparently the adopted symbol for Taiwanese anti-China protesters, and at the time, caused worldwide outrage in the communist nation. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!" she wrote on Thursday.

Katy Perry's visa for Victoria's Secret show in China denied
Gigi Hadid will not be walking in the Victorias Secret Fashion Show

Angel Adriana Lima's visa has been reportedly delayed and four other models were reportedly denied visas to travel to China.

Earlier this year, the model was called out for "discrimination" after a video of her seemingly imitating Buddha's appearance surfaced online.

Representatives for Perry and Victoria's Secret didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment regarding this situation.

This would have marked her second time at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, after performing in 2010.

Model Gigi Hadid confirmed her absence on Twitter.

Victoria's Secret has a dark history of being accused of cultural appropriation in its annual fashion show.

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