Gigi Hadid's impression of Melania Trump on the AMAs stage did not go down well with supporters of president-elect Donald Trump on social media. As a result, the Victoria's Secret Angel was savaged on Twitter with brutal comments for her "racist" and "disrespectful" impression of the future US First Lady.
The supermodel has finally opened up to her fans on Twitter on the negativity surrounding the subject. She has shared a handwritten note justifying her act done in "good humour" and apologising to anyone who was offended by her imitation.
"I was honoured to host the AMAs last night and to work with some of the most respected writers in the business," the 21-year-old model wrote in the note on Monday. "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 humour and with no bad intent."
She continued, "I too have been the centre of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions, and was able to find the humour in it. 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."
This comes after Hadid faced backlash from Trump supporters online for putting on a fake Eastern European accent while mimicking the Slovenian-born wife of Donald Trump. "This is my Melania Trump impression. I've got to get the face right," Hadid opened her act joking about the 46-year-old former model's Republican National Convention speech.
"I love my husband President Barack Obama and our children, Sasha and Malia," she said to the audience, who burst out laughing.
Hadid, who has been dating singer Zayn Malik, faced an onslaught of criticism following her impression. "Melania Trump is going to be the First Lady of the USA. This was the highest form of disrespect possible," one user wrote while another added, "I really wish gigi hadid wasn't hosting because second hand embarrassment is my least favorite thing to feel and i'm drowning in it."