Gigi Hadid has pulled out of the Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai, meaning one of the underwear brand's most famous models will not be appearing in its biggest event of the year.
This decision has been welcomed by many in China, after she caused offence by impersonating the Buddha and "mocking Asians" in a "racist" Instagram video.
Users wrote on Weibo after it was announced, with one warning: "Don't come, I am serious, never come to China."
Another wrote: "This is the greatest news I have ever heard."
And another chided: "What garbage. Don’t try to praise her by calling her a super model."
The 22-year-old model, who was supposed to walk the runway with her sister Bella Hadid, wrote on Twitter: "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!"
Some have speculated it was decided she shouldn't go after she offended many when she squinted her eyes in an attempt to impersonate the Buddha.
Hadid has apologised multiple times for the video, in which she holds up a cookie in the shape of the Buddha, then smiles and squints her eyes to imitate his face."
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
When it was announced she would be walking in the Victoria's Secret show in Shanghai, many wrote of their anger and shock.
One wrote: "Don't come to Shanghai. You're not welcome here. Screw off!"
Another said: "[If she] despises Asian people, why would she come to Asia? [I] boycott [her] firmly."
Gigi Hadid's management has been contacted for comment.
After the controversy over the video erupted, the model wrote on social media: "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."