Gigi Hadid withdraws from Victoria’s Secret China show

Gigi Hadid

Jelena Noura “Gigi Hadid” was born on 23rd April, 1995 is an American fashion model. Gigi Hadid was born and raised in Los Angeles to real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former model Yolanda Hadid. Her mother is a Dutch born American and her father is Palestinian American.

 

SHANGHAI: Supermodel Gigi Hadid said Friday she will not be walking the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai next week, a few months after Chinese internet users accused her of racist behavior.

Hadid did not give a reason and Victoria’s Secret refused to comment on the issue.

Hadid responded by apologizing in September on China’s popular Twitter like microblog site, Weibo. “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.

 

It was not immediately clear whether Hadid had been denied a visa. Asked about this at a regular briefing, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said he was unclear about the issue.

It is not uncommon for entertainers and performers to be denied visas by Chinese authorities for political reasons.

 

Most recently, as tensions rose between China and South Korea over a U.S. missile defence system, some K-pop and K-drama stars had to cancel widely anticipated visits to China due to visa delays.