Gigi Hadid Drops Out of Victoria's Secret Shanghai Show Last Minute

By That's Shanghai, November 17, 2017

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Yet another model has dropped out of the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last minute, just days before it's set to be filmed in Shanghai for its first-ever China show.

The latest Victoria's Secret Angel confirmed to be missing the runway is Gigi Hadid, who earlier this year came under fire for posting a 'racist video.'

Hadid announced the news on Twitter today, but didn't specify the circumstances behind her sudden drop out.

"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!"

Gigi Hadid Drops Out of Victoria's Secret Shanghai Show

Chinese social media users had been calling for Hadid to be banned from the country after she posted a 'racist video' appearing to mock Asian people to her Instagram account in February. Hadid apologized for the video in September, following backlash from netizens shortly after it was announced the show would be coming to Shanghai.

"Don't come to China, because you are not welcome," wrote one commenter on an Instagram post announcing her appearance at the show.

Gigi Hadid Drops out of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai
Chinese netizens flooded Hadid's Instgram page in September, telling her not to come to China after she posted a video appearing to mock Asian people

Hadid's sister Bella is still believed to be walking the runway this year, along with up to 50 other models. They include Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Josephine Skriver, Behati Prinsloo, Jasmine Tookes, Candice Swanepoel, Stella Maxwell, Elsa Hosk, Lais Ribeiro, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Martha Hunt and Taylor Hill.

Bella Hadid
Bella Hadid is still believed to be coming to Shanghai

Hadid's abrupt exit from the show comes just two days after reports emerged that four models — one from Ukraine and three from Russia — were unable to obtain Chinese visas

Their visa rejections happened just a few weeks 14-year-old Russian model passed away in Shanghai, in a story that made international headlines and ignited controversy over China's modeling industry, though it's unclear if there's any connection between the two incidents.

American tabloid The New York Post is also reported that several international fashion bloggers were canceling their trips due to visa denials, while television producers were “on the verge of nervous breakdowns" trying to coordinate coverage.

“It’s just a nightmare for all the media trying to cover [the show],” an anonymous insider told the Post. “These TV companies are spending a fortune on it, and they don’t even know what they can shoot when they get there.”

Last month, early rumors also suggested that Taylor Swift would perform with (fr)enemies Harry Styles and Katy Perry during the big musical act of the show. But now Swift might not be making it to Shanghai after all.

Taylor Swift Katy Perry Harry Styles
The musical act we probably won't be seeing

Though the show's filming date has not been made public, it's rumored to take place in Shanghai on November 20. It will be broadcast in more than 190 countries, with US channel CBS playing the show on November 28 at 10pm Eastern Standard Time.


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