Gigi Hadid co-hosted the 2016 American Music Awards on Sunday night, and opened the show with a semi-awkward impersonation of the first-lady-in-waiting, Melania Trump. With a cringy accent and puckered lips, Gigi said, "I love my husband, President Barack Obama, and our children, Sasha and Malia." Poking fun at how Mrs Trump famously copied Michelle Obama's speech at the Republican National Convention back in July.
Hadid however copped quite the backlash for the comedy act on social media, with many viewers saying it was unnecessary and "cringy". So Gigi has since spoken out about the skit, and made somewhat of an apology to anyone who was offended.
In a handwritten note posted on the Victoria's Secret model's twitter, Gigi wrote: "I was honoured to host the AMAs last night and to work with some of the most respected writers in the business," Hadid penned. "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."
"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 apologise to anyone that I offended and have only the best wishes for our country," she explained.
And just to add to the Trump drama, Gigi Hadid's close designer friend Tommy Hilfiger has since come out defending Melania Trump. Following the news that fashion designer Sophie Theallet refuses to dress the future president's wife, Tommy Hilfiger explained to Women's Wear Daily, "I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her."
He continued, "I don't think people should become political about it. Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle [Obama] as well. I think they look great in the clothes. You're not gonna get much more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania."