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 Hadid VS Fashion Show
Gigi Hadid VS Fashion Show. Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

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.

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.

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.

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.