Gigi Hadid drops out of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: 'I'm so bummed'

20 November 2017, 12:25 | Santos Harmon

GETTYVictoria's Secret Models have been posing in hair and make-up as they prepare for the show

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017

Perry had also shown her support for Taiwan by draping its flag on her shoulders.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is usually associated with fireworks, glitter, and general extravagance - but this year all of that has gone up in smoke.

Representatives for Perry and Victoria's Secret didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment regarding this situation.

On Thursday, Gigi Hadid shared on Twitter she would not walk in the VS Fashion Show, writing "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year", she shared.

Back in 2015, Katy Perry had performed in Taipei, Taiwan, wearing a bright dress decorated with sunflowers.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017
GETTYVictoria's Secret Bella Hadid will walk the catwalk without her sister Gigi this year

A source told the site that before performers can enter China, "officials comb through their social-media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country".

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. In February the USA model posted a video featuring her pulling a narrowed-eyes expression while holding a small Buddha. Model Gigi Hadid confirmed her absence on Twitter. The younger Hadid model, Bella, who had posted the video that was later deleted, would be seen walking down the ramp for the company though.

Earlier this month, word got out that four models - Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova, and Dasha Khlystun - had been denied visas to China, and would thus be unable to participate in the show.

Hadid did not gave any explanation for her absence but it is being talked that she is among the ones affected by the Chinese visa issue.

Model Adriana Lima's visa has been held up due to an ongoing "diplomatic problem". Last year, Angel Elsa Hosk notably wore a dragon on the runway, which many thought turned Chinese culture into a literal costume.

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