Up until Thursday, it was understood that Gigi would be joining her sister and walking the show for the third year in a row.
'Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the lovely show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year'.
While Hadid gave no reason for the reversal, reports suggest she pulled out following an online video showing her apparently making a slant-eyes face sparked criticism in China.
The clip was later deleted as it drew a lot of flak on social media.
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It's unclear why Hadid is unable to make it, but if there's any indication, she may have been denied a Chinese visa like some of her fellow catwalkers.
She was accused of donning a politically charged dress which was embellished with sunflowers during her performance in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
According to Page Six, Adriana Lima's visa has been delayed due to an ongoing "diplomatic problem", while less famous models including Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova are also said to have been denied entry to China. When Hadid was announced as attending the show this summer, she was over-the-moon. 'Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter'.
The VS models aren't the only ones having difficulty with the Chinese government.
We're told that producers charged with coordinating the coverage for various outlets are "on the verge of nervous breakdowns".
Bella Hadid is still scheduled to walk, and arrived in Shanghai this morning ahead of the show, which will be aired on November 28.