Gigi Hadid pulls out of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai

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In an announcement on Twitter she posted, "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year".

"Victoria's Secret will not have a response", a spokeswoman said by email.

Gigi Hadid has announced that she will not be participating in this year's Victorias Secret Fashion Show as was originally expected.

The company opened its first flagship stores in the country this year and Monday's show marks the first time it has been staged outside the United States or Europe. Earlier this year, she came under fire for "racism" after her fellow model and sister Bella, shared a since-deleted video of her laughing and squinting her eyes while holding a cookie featuring the face of a samurai.

The announcement is the second apparent snag to hit the U.S. lingerie maker's A-list underwear extravaganza set for Monday, following reports that three Russians and one Ukrainian model had failed to obtain Chinese visas. Despite a written apology several months after the incident, it appears several fans were still held a grudge. "I have the utmost respect and love for the people of China and cherish the incredible memories I have made while visiting in the past. May this be a lesson for her. Apologies doesn't erase the actions".

Hadid, who was number five on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid female models previous year, earning $9 million, had excitedly announced her participation in the show in August.

According to Page Six, Katy Perry has also been banned from China after wearing a sunflower dress during her performance in Taipei back in 2015.

The sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters in Taiwan, the Post said.

Hadid's pull-out averts a potential PR disaster for Victoria's Secret, which is hoping to shore up a sagging bottom line with a push into China's growing intimate-wear market.

Perry has not commented publicly on the reported ban.

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

Gigi Hadid did apologize for the video on Weibo, a Chinese social media website, but she continued to receive major backlash, and many did not want her in China for the fashion show.

All of this news comes just days after Gigi Hadid was named one of Glamour's Women Of The Year.

"Someone in my industry might be looked at as ideal, but it's of huge importance to let little girls know that just because I'm winning this award doesn't mean that everything is figured out", Gigi saidon Today.

The Victoria's Secret spokesman declined to confirm or deny the reports.

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