Hadid did not give a reason and Victoria's Secret refused to comment on the issue. (Don't judge: We were already chilling the champers for our annual viewing party on November 28.) The glittering spectacle - set to tape in Shanghai for the first time ever - has reportedly been plagued with travel-related issues, and Page Six went so far as to dub the lingerie-filled bonanza "an worldwide media crisis." Oof.
Hadid reignited the controversy when she announced that she's coming to Shanghai for the VS show this year. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!"
To drive her point home, Perry also waved a Taiwanese flag during the concert in show of support for the country, which has been butting heads with China for years over its independence. The singer was denied her request for a Chinese visa and has been banned from the country indefinitely, sources tell the outlet. Last month, China Digital Times posted a letter that was supposedly sent by Perry to Chinese officials, in which it stated that she would "observe the laws and regulations" in China and "promise not to say or do anything religious or political".
But, surprisingly, the 22-year-old supermodel took to Twitter to announce that she won't be joining the crew in Shanghai.
"Victoria's Secret will not have a response", a spokeswoman told the Associated Press by email. Gigi apologised on China's Twitter-like Weibo on September 1, declaring her "respect and love for the people of China". "I have learned to be very careful of how my actions can come off or be portrayed, and I'm hopeful you'll accept my apology", the post said. These include Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova from Russian Federation and Dasha Khlystun from Ukraine.
According to Page Six, fashion bloggers, influencers, and members of the media are also having trouble getting their visas approved.