Steph Barnes
August 31, 2017 12:14 pm
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In an Instagram post earlier this week, model Gigi Hadid announced she’d be walking in the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show — but not everyone shared her excitement. This year’s show will take place Shanghai, China and it seems Hadid might not be receiving the warmest welcome to the country.

According to Buzzfeed, Gigi’s announcement recieved quite a bit of backlash from many Chinese citizens on social media. The backlash comes in response to a questionable Snapchat video posted by her sister Bella earlier this year. In the now-deleted clip, Gigi can be seen holding a Buddha-shaped cookie near her face and squinting her eyes to imitate the predominantly Asian features.

There were so many angry messages on the comments section of Hadid’s Victoria’s Secret announcement that she eventually disabled the comments section on the post. Still, many users continue to express their disappointment and urged Hadid to apologize.

Hadid hasn’t publicly spoken about or apologized for the incident since it happened back in February.

While we’re pretty sure it was never Hadid’s intention to offend anyone, the fact of the matter is she did offend — and our words and responses to these moments, especially when one has a public platform, are incredibly important. We understand why so many are disheartened and angry that the model has failed to address the video nor tried to use it as a learning moment for herself and others.

Hopefully Gigi will issue an apology and learn a lesson from this. Your move, girl.

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