The Victoria’s Secret Angels and fashion show crew are due to touch down in Shanghai later this month for the annual runway extravaganza, but four names have reportedly been scratched from the list after the Chinese government refused their visas. Russian models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, and Irina Sharipova as well as Dasha Khlystun from the Ukraine, have allegedly not been granted entry into the country for unknown reasons.
As recently as July, Chinese news agencies were reporting that relations between China and Russia were at their “best.” A Victoria’s Secret fan account confirmed the reports, showing a screenshot of a message sent by Dasha Khlystun on Instagram. The news comes just a few weeks after a 14-year-old Russian model died after being over-worked during Shanghai Fashion Week, with Russian authorities reportedly investigating her death.
Many Chinese fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration over the news, with some even calling for Gigi Hadid to be barred from the country after she was accused of posting a racist video last year. The clip saw her doing an impression of Buddha, imitating his eyes.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is one of the biggest events on the calendar, drawing in television audiences from around the world. In previous years, it has been held in Paris, London, and New York, with performances by artists such as Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and Selena Gomez.
This post was written by Rebecca Cope. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia.