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Posted at DailyMail, 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!’
Gigi Hadid revealed that she will no longer be walking in this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
The model’s Twitter announcement comes just a few months after she was forced to apologize to the Chinese people for a ‘racist’ video of herself squinting her eyes
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.
Some Twitter users responded to Gigi’s announcement by telling her she got what she deserved
Other people noted that it’s unfair that Gigi won’t be able to walk in the show with her sister Bella the younger Hadid was the one who recorded the ‘racist’ video
Many people speculated that Gigi’s visa didn’t go through because of the video
Gigi’s tweet led to plenty of people questioning why she wouldn’t be attending the show, with some telling that she got what she deserved.
‘It’s what you deserved after that offensive video, and your white a** couldn’t even publicly apologize. We got Bella, we’re good sis,’ a woman named Whitney tweeted.
‘Weren’t you banned because of your racist video you never apologized for, cause if so it’s what you deserve,’ someone else wrote.
More than a few people speculated that Gigi was one of the many people who had issues with their visas.
According to Page Six, fashion bloggers, influencers, and members of the media are also having trouble getting their visas approved.
‘It’s just a nightmare for all the media trying to cover [the show],’ a source told the outlet. ‘These TV companies are spending a fortune on it, and they don’t even know what they can shoot when they get there.’
One person shared a Kim Kardashian meme to say the model has gotten ‘what she deserves’
Some of Gigi’s fans defended her and blamed Victoria’s Secret for her backing out of the show
Gigi did not reveal why she wouldn’t be walking in the show, but many Twitter users speculated her Chinese visa was denied. She is pictured in New York City earlier this week
Victoria’s Secret did not wish to comment on Gigi’s announcement.
Daily Mail Online has also reached to Gigi’s rep for comment.
The video at the center of the outcry was posted onto Instagram in February by Gigi’s 21-year-old sister Bella.
In the clip, which was later deleted, Gigi and friends can be seen at a restaurant, where several are singing Happy Birthday.
Gigi holds up a cookie in the shape of the Buddha, then smiles and squints her eyes to imitate his face.
At the time, other social media users quickly chimed in to criticize Gigi, with many claiming her actions to be ‘racist.’
Seven months later, the controversial video was back in the spotlight after Gigi confirmed she would attend this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai.