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. "We have more models than ever before - 55 representing 17 countries, and four world-class entertainers", Razek continued. "Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the handsome show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year".
Perry is allegedly banned from traveling to China because of what she wore during a 2015 performance in Taipei, Taiwan: a sequined dress decorated embellished with sunflowers - a symbol for anti-China protesters the year before Perry's performance.
But according to Page Six sources, Gigi, who confirmed in August that she had been booked to walk in the show, was banned because of an Instagram video that showed her mocking Asians while posing with a Buddha-shaped dessert.
Just a few hours before this news broke out, model Gigi Hadid announced that she wouldn't be participating in this year's Victoria's Secret fashion show despite confirming the opposite just a few months back.
Because of this tension, Perry's 2015 outfit, which she topped off with Taiwanese flag tied around her neck, could have been interpreted as a further anti-China statement.
'She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa, ' a source tells Page Six. Also, the Chinese social media users gave her a warning not to come to Shanghai and called her a racist. Page Six has also reported that Adriana Lima's visa has been delayed due to some diplomatic problem.
Representatives for Perry and Victoria's Secret didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment regarding this situation.
It has, however, been revealed who will replace Perry - none other than One Direction band member turned actor Harry Styles. Rumors say that hers would also be canceled.