Model Gigi Hadid pulls out of Victoria's Secret China show

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Washington D.C. [USA], Nov 17: Gigi Hadid has revealed that she will not be walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai.

Sources tell the New York Post's Page Six that Katy was set to perform at the show, but was rejected when she applied for a visa to enter the country.

For any perspective performer, Chinese officials "comb through their social-media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country", the Page Six source said. In the video, Gigi is shown squinting her eyes while holding a Buddha, which was seen as extremely offensive.

Hadid tweeted yesterday: "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to..." "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!" The VS show is scheduled to tape live in Shanghai on September 28.

If Katy Perry's controversial dress is any indication, Hadid's own past controversy came back to bite her.

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According to People Magazine, some are speculating that Hadid dropped out at the last minute because of a video she posted to Snapchat earlier this year and then resurfaced after Victoria's Secret announced they had cast her for the show. She announced the news on Twitter Thursday as other models, including sister Bella Hadid jetted to Shanghai. Her announcement came on the heels of the revelations that four models from Ukraine and Russia - Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, Dasha Khlystun and Irina Sharipova - had also been denied visas.

A Victoria's Secret spokesman declined comment when asked by AFP whether Hadid pulled out on her own, was asked to by the company, or whether Chinese authorities applied any pressure. "May this be a lesson for her. Apologies doesn't erase the actions". But just more than a week ahead of the event, it seems that Perry has been "banned indefinitely" from China after wearing a Taiwanese flag as a cape during a 2015 show at the Taipei Arena.

Victoria's Secret veteran Adriana Lima's visa has allegedly been held up due to an ongoing "diplomatic problem".

This would have marked her second time at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, after performing in 2010.

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