After drawing backlash from Chinese netizens for a racist Instagram video she made earlier this year, model Gigi Hadid has finally released an apology.
this is y’all woke palestine queen? Gigi out here mocking Asian people. i would say she’s cancelled but she never started. rat @GiGiHadid pic.twitter.com/b6wj5k1sXE
— z (@zainzayns) February 5, 2017
The video was released by her sister Bella Hadid on February 2017, but was promptly taken down after drawing backlash from the Asian community. However, the video made it’s rounds again after Hadid recently announced that she’d be walking in the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will take place
in Shanghai, China.
“It hurts me to hurt anyone, and I want you all to know that it was never my intent to offend anyone through my actions and I sincerely apologize to those who were hurt or felt let down by me. I have the utmost respect and love for the people of China and cherish the incredible memories I have made while visiting in the past. I have learned to be very careful of how my actions can come off or be portrayed and I’m hopeful you’ll accept my apology. I hope to meet many of you and let you get to know me for me. I do not condone hurtful behavior and want people and fans of all backgrounds to know they are welcomed, loved and respected around me and by me.”
NextShark’s emails to Gigi Hadid’s representatives for a comment were not returned.