The 2017 Victoria’s Secret show is just days away (mark your calendars for November 20), but China has thrown a massive spanner in the works: it’s reportedly denied visas to four models walking in the Shanghai show.
Fashionista reports that Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova, all Russian citizens, have been denied visas, as has Ukraine model Dasha Khlystun. They got their intel from Instagram account @VSModelSpain, which published this screenshot of a conversation with Khylstun confirming that she’s no longer part of the show.
Why China would deny entry to four Victoria’s Secret models is anyone’s guess – as Fashionista reports, relations between China and Ukraine are apparently at “their best in history,” although tensions could be on the rise following a widely publicised incident last month when a Russian model died during Shanghai Fashion Week.
It’s not the first time this year’s Victoria’s Secret show has been marred by racial tension - Gigi Hadid came under fire on social media with people declaring she wasn’t welcome in China after she posted an inflammatory video.