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A photo showing Gigi Hadid's handwritten letter about impersonating Melania Trump at this year's American Music Awards.

Gigi Hadid apologizes over impersonation of Donald Trump’s wife, says she is sure Melania understands showbiz

23 November 2016 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Gigi Hadid faced backlash after she and co-host Jay Pharoah impersonated both Melania and Donald Trump during the opening of this year’s American Music Awards.

The model and actress then took to Twitter to post a hand-written letter to those who felt offended with what she did. She started her letter by saying that she was honored to host the AMAs and to work with some of the most respected writers in the business. However, she clarified that she removed and changed something in the script that she felt took the joke too far. She added, “Whether or not you choose to see it, what remained was done in good humor and no bad intent.”

Hadid also said that she was a subject of a nationally televised comedy skit in the past where she was poked fun at and she said that she was able to find the humor in it. She added, “I believe Melania understands show business and the way shows are written and run.”

The girlfriend of Zayn Malik then apologized to the people she offended and hopes only for the best for the country.

The AMAs this year was politically charged as even Chrissy Teigen talked about what happened to the elections and was visibly upset about Donald winning. In the opening skit of Hadid and Pharoah , she mimicked Melania during the July Republican National Convention wherein many believed that she plagiarized one of the speeches of Michelle Obama. Hadid said when she was impersonating Melania , "I love my husband, President Barack Obama, and our children, Sasha and Malia ."

As for Pharoah , he impersonated the president-elect, which he also did when he was still on “Saturday Night Live.”

Neither Trump nor Melania have commented on the matter.

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