Gigi Hadid has swept the modeling industry by storm, walked the biggest runway shows in the world and became a Victoria Secret angel faster than I can say “Victoria Secret Angel.”
However she won’t be walking in Victoria Secret’s Chinese fashion show this year for some very peculiar reasons.
While a few rumors have popped up on the internet as to why, the one that sticks out the most is that Gigi openly disrespected the Asian community.
On her Twitter, Gigi has said that she “won’t be able to make it to China this year,” but gave no further explanation as to why.
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
Earlier this year, Gigi had a video posted of her holding a little Buddah head and squinting alongside it.
— . (@hvrrystime) February 5, 2017
Now, Twitter, as well as the rest of the internet, is going crazy with theories.
Miss Gigi Hadid got denied her visa to go to China for that racist video from earlier this year pic.twitter.com/uLDuHfwC0h
— BrrrAttt SKrTt skRTT MI HAO (@rosegldtwt) November 17, 2017
gigi hadid deserves to not walk the vs show and be banned from china after her racist and ignorant video mocking chinese people pic.twitter.com/J5HfJV1W8A
— what the FUCK is up kyle (@thatangeI) November 16, 2017
China doesn't welcome gigi
— pan starman (@PanStarman) August 29, 2017
China banned katy perry AND gigi hadid for racial ignorance i love my people’s republic
— karen from finance (@lilasianthiccie) November 17, 2017
The model then went on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform, to write an apology for what she’d done, and how much it hurt the community around her, saying she’s learned her lesson.
“It hurts me to hurt anyone, and I want you all to know that it was never my intent to offend anyone through my actions and I sincerely apologise to those who were hurt or felt let down by me.
“I have the utmost respect and love for the people of China and cherish the incredible memories I have made while visiting in the past. 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.
“I hope to meet many of you and let you get to know me for me. I do not condone hurtful behaviour and want people and fans of all backgrounds to know they are welcomed, loved and respected around me and by me.”
Whether Gigi meant to disrespect or not, the popular opinion is that China just doesn’t want her there.
There’s always next year, Gigi! In the meantime, maybe don’t be racist.