People Aren't Happy With Gigi Hadid's Apology For 'Racist' Video
'I have the utmost respect and love for the people of China'.
Last week it was announced that Gigi Hadid would once again walk in the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion show, which will take place in Shanghai, China. But instead of being flooded with congratulations, the model found herself under a ton of criticism.
Why, you ask? In the archives of her sister Bella Hadid's Instagram (back in February) lived a video of the 22-year-old squinting her eyes as she held up a Buddha biscuit.
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Fans pulled the model up on it, arguing that she was impersonating the religious figure which reportedly led Gigi to make an apology via Chinese social media site Weibo.
One Twitter user kindly screen grabbed the whole thing, which was written in both Mandarin and English.
"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 apologise 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," began the apology.
The statement went on: "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 behaviour and want people and fans of all backgrounds to know they are welcomed, loved and respected around me and by me."
Despite the lengthy message, a few fans are upset that an apology hasn't actually been made via any of Gigi's own social media accounts, which are followed by millions and accessible internationally.
The model, who is set to take to the VS runway in November, is yet to comment on the matter via any of her official social media accounts.