U.S. model pulls out of Victoria's Secret gala in China

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid's Victoria's Secret dreams are in tatters after she dropped out of the show.

Sources exclusively told Page Six on Thursday that the "Swish Swish" singer had tried applying for a visa to enter the communist nation, but was denied by Chinese officials. Her denial apparently stems from a 2015 incident in which she wore a dress decoraged with sunflowers - the symbol of anti-China protesters - during her concert in Taiwan.

Gigi Hadid did apologize for the video on Weibo, a Chinese social media website, but she continued to receive major backlash, and many did not want her in China for the fashion show.

Sources told the tabloid that Hadid ran afoul of Chinese officials because of a February Instagram video where she allegedly held up a biscuit shaped like a Buddha and imitated the religious figure by squinting her eyes. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!"

The show, which will air on CBS on November 28, has also seen an exodus of fashion bloggers because the Chinese government has refused to give them visas, while television producers are struggling to get permission to shoot outside the Mercedes-Benz Arena venue, the New York Post Page Six reported.

She is being replaced in the show by Harry Styles.

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If Katy Perry's controversial dress is any indication, Hadid's own past controversy came back to bite her. Model Gigi Hadid confirmed her absence on Twitter. Hadid gave no clear reason. "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".

This could also explain the speculation about why Gigi Hadid suddenly announced yesterday that she's no longer walking in the VS Fashion Show.

Some of Victoria's Secret's biggest names have been denied entry to China, in addition to lesser-known models, such as Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova.

Supermodel Adriana Lima's visa is in limbo due to a "diplomatic problem", according to Page Six.

The angels have flown to Shanghai and preparations are underway for the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

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