Gigi Hadid has revealed that she will no longer be walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, just a few months after she came under fire in China over a controversial video showing her squinting her eyes to imitate Buddha.
The 22-year-old model, who was slated to walk the runway with her sister Bella Hadid, took to Twitter on Thursday morning to say that she won’t be traveling to China to do the show.
‘I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year,’ she wrote. ‘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!’
In September, furious Chinese people warned the supermodel not to attend this year’s show, which is being held in Shanghai this month.
After Chinese web users left thousands of angry comments to boycott Gigi, she had to issue an apology on a Chinese social media platform.
Gigi did not reveal why she pulled out of the show, although it was recently reported that some models were having trouble getting their Chinese visas approved.
Fashionista reported on Tuesday that four models, Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova from Russia and Dasha Khlystun from Ukraine, had allegedly been denied visas, according to Instagram fan accounts.
Instagram user @VSModelSpain posted a screenshot of a Dasha confirming that she will not be walking in the show this year via an Instagram Direct Message.
Although there was no mention of Gigi having issues with her visa, Chinese fans have been demanding that she be denied entry into the country because of her ‘racist’ video.