Supermodel Gigi Hadid came under fire in China last week over a controversial video showing her squinting her eyes to imitate Buddha.
Furious Chinese people are telling the 22-year-old not to attend this year's Victoria's Secret fashion Show, which is set to be held in Shanghai this autumn.
After Chinese web users left thousands of angry comments to boycott Gigi, the American model, one of the highest-paid models in the world, had to issue an apology on a Chinese social media platform.
American model Gigi Hadid has been accused of squinting her eyes to look like Buddha. Angry Chinese people are telling her not to come to Shanghai for this year's Victoria's Secret show
The news came shortly after Victoria's Secret announced it would hold its annual fashion show in China for the first time on November 28.
The video at the centre of the outcry was posted onto Instagram in February by Gigi Hadid's sister, Bella.
In the clip, which was later deleted, Gigi and friends can be seen at a restaurant, where several are singing Happy Birthday.
Gigi holds up a cookie in the shape of the Buddha, then smiles and squints her eyes to imitate his face.
At the time, other social media users quickly chimed in to criticise Gigi, with many claiming her actions to be 'racist'.
The video was posted earlier this year by Gigi's sister, Bella. It came back to the spotlight last week after Gigi announced she would go to China in November for the Victoria's Secret show
In the video, Gigi holds up a cookie in the shape of the Buddha, then smiles and squints her eyes to imitate his face. It has sparked an outcry in the Fast East
Seven months later, the controversial video was back in the spotlight after Gigi confirmed she would attend this year's Victoria's Secret fashion Show in Shanghai.
She made the announcement on her Twitter and
on August 29, and quickly people in China noticed the old video and publicly voiced their anger.
Forever and ever and ever a dream come true to be asked back to the VS Show !!! 🙌🏼 Thank you my friends @ed_razek @10magazine @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro for another unforgettable opportunity; every aspect makes me feel like a dreaming kid again 🕊🕊🖤 (as shown here at last year's fitting, by @jeromeduran)! ☁️ @victoriassecret #VSFS2017
Hundreds of thousands of people left comments on the internet, calling Gigi racist and telling her not to come to China.
One angry person web user wrote: 'Don't come to Shanghai. You're not welcome here. Screw off!'
Another person posted: '[If she] despises Asian people, why would she come to Asia? [I] boycott [her] firmly.'
One commentator challenged Gigi's actions by saying: 'Doesn't she have Middle Eastern blood