Gigi Hadid Will NOT Walk In The VS Fashion Show After This Offensive Video
17 November 2017, 13:07 | Updated: 17 November 2017, 13:13
Gigi walked in the show for two years in a row before this year's controversy.
Gigi Hadid has confirmed that she will be unable to take part in this year's Victoria Secret fashion show. The 22-year-old model took to Twitter to express disappointment that she will not be walking the VS runway in Shanghai this year.
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
The vague tweet didn't elaborate on the circumstances which led to Gigi no longer being involved in this year's show. Gigi's younger sister Bella will still walk in the show which will reportedly feature Taylor Swift and Harry Styles as musical performers.
Many believe that an "inappropriate" video from earlier in the year may have prevented Gigi from being able to obtain permission to enter the notoriously strict country.
Miss Gigi Hadid got denied her visa to go to China for that racist video from earlier this year pic.twitter.com/uLDuHfwC0h— ROSE 🌹 (@rosegldtwt) November 17, 2017
im weak gigi cant do vsfs this year bc china aint giving her a visa for the racist video she did last year oh my god im chahfalkla— afsana (@smolgucci) November 16, 2017
Apparently Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry were both banned from going to Shanghai for the VS show for bad behaviour lmao China really isn’t playing or putting up with anyone’s bullshit— iz (@vuIgaire) November 16, 2017
Earlier this year, Gigi was criticised for a video where she can be seen making a face that many believed mocked Asian people.
In the video, which was posted by Bella Hadid, Gigi holds up a Buddha cookie to her face and tries to copy its expression. The video was roundly condemned by Chinese fans and inspired a second whirlwind of controversy when Gigi was announced as an angel in this year's Shanghai show.
Gigi did not initially address the controversy, but apologised on Chinese social media after she had been confirmed for this year's VS show.
Source: hvrrystime— Formerly Brightly5 (@Brightly50) November 16, 2017
Published: 4:39 AM - 5 Feb 2017
Gigi Hadid will NOT be walking the runway for Victoria's Secret in China. People think it's got something to do with her mocking Asians. pic.twitter.com/A0NixhwOGm
Gigi is not the first celebrity to apparently be barred from entering the country over perceived "bad behaviour". Justin Bieber was barred from China earlier this year for a string of controversies. Katy Perry also appears to be barred from China after causing offense in 2015 with a controversial political fashion statement.