The announcement is the second apparent snag to hit the US lingerie maker's A-list underwear extravaganza set, following reports that three Russians and one Ukrainian model had failed to obtain Chinese visas.
Katy Perry was also rumoured to make an appearance, though it has been reported that the popstar has been 'banned indefinitely' from China following a controversial show in 2015.
Her outfit wound up causing widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!" she wrote on Thursday.
Hadid's withdrawal averts a potential PR disaster for Victoria's Secret, which is hoping to shore up a sagging bottom line by pushing into China's growing intimate-wear market.
The folks planning the Victoria's Secret Fashion show this year can't seem to catch a break! "The news reports I've been reading from the U.S. here in Shanghai regarding this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show are not an accurate reflection of what I'm seeing and experiencing on site", he told People.
Though the reason for all the denials remains unclear, there's a theory that it might come down to social media.
"Suddenly I have better feelings about VS".
Earlier this month, word got out that four models - Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova, and Dasha Khlystun - had been denied visas to China, and would thus be unable to participate in the show. Representatives from the models' agencies and Victoria's Secret declined to comment on the situation or did not respond INSIDER's requests for comment.
Top model Gigi Hadid backed out of the show following allegations that she "discriminated" against Chinese people.
It tapes Monday and airs globally on November 28.