Gigi Hadid has been forced to apologise following accusations of racism over an impression of Donald Trump‘s wife, Melania Trump, at the American Music Awards.
This year’s AMAs took place on Sunday night (November 20), with model Hadid hosting the ceremony alongside Jay Pharoah. See all the performances and winners list from the AMAs.
During the show, Hadid impersonated the future First Lady, mocking her controversial plagiarised speech while putting on a fake Slovenian accent. Watch in the clip below.
Hadid was accused online of racism and xenophobia following the joke, leading her to issue an apology via Twitter.
In a handwritten apology, Hadid 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 and with no bad intent.”
“I too have been at the centre 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 apologise to anyone that I offended and only have the best wishes for our country,” she concluded.
See the apology beneath.
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 22, 2016