Is The Chinese Government Spying On The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show?
How an underwear show became a Cold War-style thriller.
Kudos to Victoria's Secret for picking a location for their Fashion Show this year which has turned an underwear show into a Cold War-style thriller, with celebrities barred from entering the country and fears that the show is under surveillance.
Only in 2017 eh?
The show has sit a series of setbacks after performers and models like Katy Perry and Gigi Hadid had their visas denied, widely believed to be for political reasons.
Yahoo reports that this is likely because, "Perry once expressed support for Taiwan, the breakaway republic China believes belongs to it, at a concert in Taipei in 2015. Hadid once posed with a cookie shaped like the Buddha. Religion is tightly controlled in China and more so political speech against the ruling party."
Perry is yet to make a statement about being barred from the country but Hadid announced on Twitter that she was, "so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year." But before you get too distressed at the idea of a runway without an awkward singer for models to weave around, Harry Styles has taken one for the team and will be performing.
I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year! :) x— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 16, 2017
Journalists too have been unable to make the event and reports suggest people in Shanghai are concerned their emails are being watched.
Speaking to the New York Post a source commented that, "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."
Social media sites like Facebook and foreign news sources are off limits thanks to internet restrictions known as the Great Firewall of China. Citizens are routinely spied on online by the government.
Whilst models including Karlie Kloss and Bella Hadid are set to walk later today, Kendall Jenner had to drop out this year due to her contract being the face of La Perla underwear.
Given how low they are on numbers this year we're pretty upset we didn't get the call up tbh.
From: Esquire UK