Models Are Denied Chinese Visas Ahead of Famed Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Joann Johnston
November 19, 2017

Just days before filming the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, model Gigi Hadid has announced that she will no longer be walking the iconic runway.

Now, it might sound unbelievable that Hadid, a frequent jet-setting model, wouldn't be able to obtain a travel visa, but given her history and China's strict government, Hadid being turned for a visa might seem like a more clear possibility. Gigi didn't offer any specific reasons as to why she couldn't make it work in her schedule, but she's been so busy with capsule collections, editorial and advertising campaigns, and her new Stuart Weitzman shoe launch, we'd be surprised if she could have made it happen.

There's no word yet on why exactly Hadid won't be walking, but she isn't the only model who has had to drop out at the last minute.

Her younger sister Bella Hadid is walking in the show. Here's hoping the gang's back together next year!

"Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the lovely show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year".

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Hadid did not give a reason and Victoria's Secret refused to comment on the issue. During the same performance, Perry went on to wave a Tawainese flag.

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It hurts me to hurt anyone, and I want you all to know that it was never my intent to offend anyone through my actions and I sincerely apologise to those who were hurt or felt let down by me. "May this be a lesson for her. Apologies doesnt erase the actions [sic]".

Hundreds of furious Chinese people told the 22-year-old she "wasn't welcome" in the city when the lingerie brand hosted it's annual show there, and now the star has pulled out of her appearance.

According to Fashionista, Russian-born Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova as well as Dasha Khlystun from Ukraine all had their visa applications shut down earlier this week.

It's also been rumoured that even media agencies are unsure if they will be granted visas or what they'll be able to film from the show.

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