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The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in China will have to fly without one of its most famous angels, Gigi Hadid.

Sources told the site that Perry, 33, had applied for a visa but was denied by Chinese officials. Sunflowers were apparently the adopted symbol for Taiwanese anti-China protesters, and at the time, caused global outrage in the communist nation. Media outlets are alleging that Katy Perry is out as a performer because she was denied access into China after wearing a costume with sunflowers - an anti-China symbol - during a performance in Taiwan. "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter".

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Perry has not commented publicly on the reported ban.

But Perry isn't the only super star missing the show. With the show taking place in Shanghai, commenters called for the model to drop out nearly immediately after news broke that she was joining the 2017 model cast.

Hadid tweeted yesterday: "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to... Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!" she wrote on Thursday.

Neither has Hadid mentioned the reason for her backing out of the show at the last moment, nor has the global brand addressed the drama yet.

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"Victoria's Secret will not have a response", a spokeswoman told the Associated Press by email.

The models, meanwhile, were believed to have been banned due to various social-media posts that they made, which were apparently deemed offensive.

Hadid posted a bilingual apology on China's Twitter-like Weibo on September 1, declaring her "respect and love for the people of China" and swearing she meant no harm, but even that drew flak. "May this be a lesson for her. Apologies doesn't erase the actions". Hadid gave no clear reason. These include Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova from Russian Federation and Dasha Khlystun from Ukraine.

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