Victoria's Secret gala hits snag in China as model pulls out

Posted November 18, 2017

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov 17: Gigi Hadid has revealed that she will not be walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai. The singer was denied her request for a Chinese visa and has been banned from the country indefinitely, sources tell the outlet. At a 2015 concert in Taipei, Perry wore a glittery sunflower-patterned dress and waved a Taiwanese flag during her performance.

Page Six also reports that models Gigi Hadid, Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova may have all been banned too for various reasons.

'I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year, ' Gigi wrote to her Twitter followers.

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The show, which will air on CBS on November 28, has also seen an exodus of fashion bloggers because the Chinese government has refused to give them visas, while television producers are struggling to get permission to shoot outside the Mercedes-Benz Arena venue, the New York Post Page Six reported.

Forget "teenage dream", because Katy Perry is likely living out her nightmare. "May this be a lesson for her. Apologies doesn't erase the actions". And that's bad news for these two celebs who have reportedly been denied visas because of past incidents of accused racism.

Gigi Hadid also suddenly dropped out of walking in the show, after confirming her booking in August.

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"[Perry] was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa", the source told Page Six.

While it does seem likely that the blowback from the video could have caused Gigi's absence this year, neither Victoria's Secret nor Gigi have confirmed the rumors. It showed Hadid squinting in a way that appeared to be a reference to a stereotype about Asian facial features.

Harper's Bazaar said other Victoria's Secret Angel models expected to make the show include Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Lily Aldridge, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, and Candice Swanepoel.

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