Gigi Hadid Responds to Melania Trump Impression Backlash

Arya Roshanian
Variety

Gigi Hadid has apologized for her Melania Trump impression — kind of.

After she faced some backlash for impersonating the future First Lady while hosting Sunday’s American Music Awards, Hadid penned a handwritten apology to Twitter while also standing by her actions.

“I was honored to host the AMA’s last night and to work with some of the most respected writers in the business,” Hadid wrote. “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 and with no bad intent.”

The model came under scrutiny following the act, with some users deeming her impression as “racist” and even going as far as to boycott the upcoming televised Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. However, Hadid believes Melania Trump comprehends how the industry works and that being in the spotlight sometimes garners unwanted parodies.

“I too have been the center of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions and was able to find humor in it,” Hadid continued. “I believe Melania understands show business and the way shows are written and run. I apologize to anyone that I offended and have only the best wishes for our country.”


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