Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Harry Styles confirmed to perform at Victoria's Secret show in Shanghai

Harry Styles confirmed to perform at Victoria's Secret show in Shanghai

Perry had also shown her support for Taiwan by draping its flag on her shoulders.

Hadid's withdrawal averts a potential PR disaster for Victoria's Secret, which is hoping to shore up a sagging bottom line by pushing into China's growing intimate-wear market.

The ensemble caused intense backlash, as the sunflower has become the adopted symbol of anti-China protesters one year prior. Taiwan has been in conflict with China over its independence for many years.

For any perspective performer, Chinese officials "comb through their social-media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country", the Page Six source said. Harry Styles has been reported as her replacement. It was speculated that she was unable to get her visa after a video of her squinting her eyes while holding up a Buddha cookie resurfaced when she announced that she would be headed to Shanghai. Model Gigi Hadid confirmed her absence on Twitter.

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The clip was posted by the model's sister, Bella, in February and later deleted following a storm of criticism.

Speculation has also swirled over the participation of Russia's Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova, and Ukraine's Dasha Khlystun, after unconfirmed reports suggested they were denied Chinese visas.

Hadid didn't share an explicit reason for the abrupt change in plans - and Victoria's Secret is not talking - but the announcement spurned speculation that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills daughter had run into problems acquiring a visa, too.

Ed Razek, the show's executive producer and chief creative officer of Victoria's Secret, said: "The news reports I've been reading from the United States here in Shanghai regarding this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show are not an accurate reflection of what I'm seeing and experiencing on site". Last year, Angel Elsa Hosk notably wore a dragon on the runway, which many thought turned Chinese culture into a literal costume.

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