Gigi Hadid drops out of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: 'I'm so bummed'

Ruben Ruiz
November 19, 2017

"For every artist who wants to perform in China, officials comb through their social media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country", the insider said.

Perry has not commented publicly on the reported ban.

In an announcement on Twitter she posted, "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year. Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the attractive show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year!" During the same performance, Perry went on to wave a Tawainese flag. Hadid apologized for the video, which was posted on her sister Bella Hadid's Snapchat account. With the show taking place in Shanghai, commenters called for the model to drop out nearly immediately after news broke that she was joining the 2017 model cast.

Hadid withdrew from the show after she received a barrage of messages online from angry members of the public over an alleged Asian slur. After months of speculation, and the sad news that Gigi Hadid is no longer taking part, the final line-up of Victoria's Secret models is here. "This will, without question, be the biggest fashion event in history and our most ambitious show by far".

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Apart from these two huge roadblocks, several other models (three Russian and one Ukrainian: Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova and Dasha Khlystun) will also not be able to land in Shanghai for the show for the same reason; rejection of visa.

Executive producer Ed Razek told People that news reports on the show have been "inaccurate" - but failed to confirm or deny either woman had been refused visas to enter the country.

Page Six also noted that Adriana Lima is also having difficulties securing her visa due to a "diplomatic problem". Last year, Angel Elsa Hosk notably wore a dragon on the runway, which many thought turned Chinese culture into a literal costume.

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