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

18 November 2017, 12:54 | Clyde Nash

GETTY BANNED? Katy is having visa trouble preventing her from getting to the VS showcase

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"Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the attractive show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year! x", Hadid continued without giving a reason for her absence.

Her outfit wound up causing widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters.

The 22-year-old model has announced she will no longer be taking to the runway in Shanghai, China, for the lingerie giant's annual fashion show, and whilst she hasn't given a reason for her cancellation, she has insisted she'll be supporting her fellow models "in spirit".

She wrote: "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year". At a 2015 concert in Taipei, Perry wore a glittery sunflower-patterned dress and waved a Taiwanese flag during her performance. The singer was denied her request for a Chinese visa and has been banned from the country indefinitely, sources tell the outlet. It's been reported that four models and several bloggers were denied Visas to enter China, and Adriana Lima's visa is in purgatory. "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter".

On Thursday, Hadid announced on Twitter that she won't be attending the VS show after all.

Katy Perry seductively poses on stage in Northern Island
Getty Images Katy Perry seductively poses on stage in Northern Island

But according to Page Six sources, Gigi, who confirmed in August that she had been booked to walk in the show, was banned because of an Instagram video that showed her mocking Asians while posing with a Buddha-shaped dessert.

She then issued an apology on a Chinese social media platform after Chinese web users left thousands of any comments calling for a boycott of Gigi.

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.

"I can only tell you that we welcome foreign citizens to come to China, to engage in normal trade, tourism and cultural activities".

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