Gigi Hadid has apologised for her Melania Trump impression at the AMAs

22 Nov 2016

Gigi Hadid has apologised for her Melania Trump impression at the American Music Awards on Sunday.

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The supermodel released a hand-written statement on Twitter apologising to anyone who was offended by her comedy skit after recieveing heavy criticism.

In the statement, she wrote:

"I was honoured to host the AMAs last night and to work with some of the most respected writers in the business.

I removed or changed anything in the script that I felt took the joke too far, and whether or not you choose to see it, what remained was done in good humor with no bad intent.

I too have been the center of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions, and was able to find the humor in it.

I believe Melania understands show business and the way shows are written and run. I apologize to anyone that I offended & have only the best wishes for our country. Respectfully x Gigi."

— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid)

The supermodel came under fire after impersonating Melania Trump while hosting the AMAs.

Gigi was called a racist and was told to "stick to modelling" by social media users after putting on an Eastern European accent and mocking the soon-to-be first lady's pout.

In a joke referring to Melania's recent plagiarism scandal which saw her being accused of copying a speech by Michelle Obama, Gigi said: "I love my husband, President Barack Obama. And our children Sasha and Malia."

Gigi faced a huge social media backlash with angry viewers criticizing the skit.One user wrote: "Gigi Hadid showed the highest form of disrespect possible to the next first lady. Unforgivable!"

Another tweeted: "I respected and liked Gigi until she made fun of Melania. If someone did that to Michelle Obama they'd be called racist, mysoginist, etc"

Gigi Hadid showed the highest form of disrespect possible to the next first lady. Unforgivable!

— Gary Moring (@GaryMolten)

I respected and liked Gigi until she made fun of Melania. If someone did that to Michelle Obama they'd be called racist, mysoginist, etc

— i miss niall (@estrangedstyles)
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However, many others did see the funny side...

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Gigi did a Melania Trump impression 😂😂

— ㅤ (@azisle)

Umm...Eastern European here, not feeling victimized by Gigi's impression of Melania. She speaks funny. That's it.

— Gabbidy Gab Gab (@nanagabynka)

Gigi's Melania impression was 👌🏽

— ✧Chiara (@flawlesshadid_)
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