Model Gigi Hadid pulls out of Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai

Model Gigi Hadid pulls out of Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai

Darren Sullivan
November 20, 2017

Model Gigi Hadid will be sitting out of this show, with rumours claiming it's because she's been banned from the country.

The dress caused widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted by a Taiwanese protest group called The Sunflower Student Movement. During the same performance, Perry went on to wave a Tawainese flag.

"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", a source told Page Six. "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter".

Perry has not commented publicly on the reported ban.

Ed Razek, the executive producer of the show, told People magazine that Harry will perform alongside Grammy Award-winning musician Miguel, and Chinese singer and Tony Award-winner, Jane Zhang.

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But Perry isn't the only super star missing the show. Gigi Hadid was also forced to pull out from the show at the last minute, but has yet to confirm why.

If true, Perry isn't the only A-lister who won't make it to Shanghai, China. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!" the model wrote.

And despite working with other brands (like Jordache and Jacquie Aiche), there's no doubt that her work with Victoria's Secret has made her a fashion icon.

The problems are not dying down for Victoria's Secret. It showed Hadid squinting in a way that appeared to be a reference to a stereotype about Asian facial features. "I have learned to be very careful of how my actions can come off or be portrayed, and I'm hopeful you'll accept my apology", the post said. It wasn't immediately clear why the models would be barred from walking the runway Shanghai. Hadid didn't share any other details but she could be among one of the few models who weren't able to obtain Chinese Visas to make the trip, including Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova from Russian Federation, as well as Dasha Khlystun from Ukraine.