Controversy seemed to be a recurring “theme” for this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which was held in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China on Monday.
Reports, however, have surfaced that members of the foreign press were having problems in finding out what exactly was going on amid the event’s troubles as Chinese authorities allegedly placed communications of VS show staffers and production crew under strict surveillance.
Citing a source privy to the prestigious gathering of international supermodels, PageSix reported that members of the press have lamented on how government agents are monitoring their emails.
Popstar Katy Perry was scheduled to perform at the event but her visa application was declined due to her public display of support for Taiwan during a concert in Beijing in 2015. Meanwhile, Victoria’s Secret Angel Gigi Hadid has also been excluded from the show after she angered fans over a viral video of her posted on social media apparently making fun of Asians.
“They want to discuss what’s going on as far as replacements for those denied visas and alternative arrangements, but they have to be tight-lipped because it seems that the government is watching their emails,” a source was quoted as saying.
Authorities have also reportedly placed a strict handling of the media traveling to China for the event. Numerous fashion bloggers have allegedly been denied visas while permits are required to be able to shoot outside of the venue of the show.
The show, which features seven Chinese models among the 55-strong stellar line-up, is scheduled to air on CBS later this month.
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