After drawing backlash from Chinese netizens for a racist Instagram video she made earlier this year, model Gigi Hadid has finally released an apology.
— 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.
Forever and ever and ever a dream come true to be asked back to the VS Show !!! 🙌🏼 Thank you my friends @ed_razek @10magazine @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro for another unforgettable opportunity; every aspect makes me feel like a dreaming kid again 🕊🕊🖤 (as shown here at last year’s fitting, by @jeromeduran)! ☁️ @victoriassecret #VSFS2017
Chinese Netizens were furious upon hearing the news, telling Hadid she was essentially not welcome in 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.”
Gigi apologized in Chinese social media Weibo， but she didn’t apologize in facebook and instagram, because she don’t want you guys know it pic.twitter.com/CHGoRj0nSB
— Gee Lean (@mr_jielin) September 2, 2017
Prior to this, Hadid also released a apology via Twitter DM to a Chinese fan.
Gigi Hadid’s personal letter explaining her previous discrimination against asians was because she was coming to China for a show pic.twitter.com/xIuh3vKVQT
— Harry (@xoxoMrQiQi) August 30, 2017
NextShark’s emails to Gigi Hadid’s representatives for a comment were not returned.