Set to take place in Shanghai, China, this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is less than one week away, but the highly-anticipated runway just lost one major supermodel.
Following rumors of models having issues getting visas approved for the show, Gigi Hadid announced today that she will no longer be walking the runway this year. The model took to Twitter to share the news, writing, “I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can’t wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can’t wait for next year!”
I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year! 🙂 x
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 16, 2017
Though Hadid didn’t offer a reason for her abrupt decision to skip the show, there is speculation that she was amongst the models experiencing issues obtaining a Chinese visa. When it was first announced she would be walking the show in Shanghai, the hashtag “#GigiGetOutOfChina” began trending on Twitter following backlash over a video in which she appeared to be mocking Asian facial features.
After coming under fire for the video, the model issued an apology on China’s social media platform, Weibo. It’s unclear whether backlash following the video is in any way connected to the model’s absence from this year’s VS Fashion Show.
Gigi’s younger sister Bella, however, appears to still be walking in Shanghai. The model posted on her Instagram Story today, “Coming for you @victoriassecret!!” leading fans to think she’s already en route to Shanghai.
This originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US