Harry Styles and Miguel will perform at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

It is being claimed that Gigi Hadid will not take part in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show because she was denied a visa to Shanghai, China where the event will take place. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!"

Gigi was scheduled to walk in the show wile Perry was set to perform, but both pulled out just days before Monday's illustrious show.

Ed Razek, executive producer of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and chief creative officer at Victoria's Secret, told People: 'We started booking our musical guests months ago when Harry Styles, worldwide superstar, signed on.

From what most publications and commenters on social media say, Hadid has also been denied a visa to the country because of the racist video of hers that had surfaced in September.

There may be no Gigi Hadid or Katy Perry, but Harry Styles will be taking to the Victoria's Secret stage.

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Chinese Weibo users mostly crowed over her withdrawal.

Apart from these two huge roadblocks, several other models (three Russian and one Ukrainian: Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova and Dasha Khlystun) will also not be able to land in Shanghai for the show for the same reason; rejection of visa.

The 27-year-old French model made her VS debut in 2016, walking in the Pink section of the show. "Victoria's Secret is not going to comment on that", he said, referring line-up questions to each model's individual agencies.

It was not immediately clear whether Hadid had been denied a visa. "And we are willing to issue visas to the eligible applicants", ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily briefing.

Argentine worldwide footballer Ezequiel Lavezzi, who plays for Chinese club Hebei China Fortune, apologised in May after publicity photos showing him pulling the corners of his eyes back in a slant-eyed gesture angered many. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Maroon 5 are on that list.

  • Michelle Webb