There won’t be any angel wings for Gigi Hadid this year. After previously sharing her excitement about walking in the 2017 Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which is taking place in Shanghai, China on Tuesday, the 22-year-old model just confirmed that her plans have been cancelled at the last minute.
“I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. 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! 🙂 x,” Gigi wrote in a tweet on Thursday, as her sister, Bella Hadid, and the rest of the Victoria’s Secret models make their way to China.
Some have speculated that her last-minute absence may have to do with an insensitive Snapchat video Hadid posted earlier this year (and resurfaced this summer after her casting was announced), in which she appeared to be mocking Asian facial features. The star did apologize on Chinese social media website Weibo, but received major backlash on social media about heading to China for the show.
Victoria’s Secret declined to comment about Hadid’s absence.
Back in August, Hadid confirmed that she had been cast in the show by sharing a throwback video of her 2016 fitting. “Forever and ever and ever a dream come true to be asked back to the VS Show !!! 🙌🏼 Thank you my friends @ed_razek@10magazine @firstname.lastname@example.org for another unforgettable opportunity; every aspect makes me feel like a dreaming kid again 🕊🕊🖤 (as shown here at last year’s fitting, by @jeromeduran)! ☁️ @victoriassecret #VSFS2017“, she wrote on Instagram.
And Hadid is not the only Victoria’s Secret model who won’t be walking in the show. Russian models Irina Sharipov Julia Belyakova and Kate Grigorieva, along with Ukrainian model Dasha Khlystun have reportedly all been denied Chinese visas ahead of their trips to Shanghai and will be forced to miss the show.
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