Gigi Hadid took to Weibo to apologize to her Asian fans after being accused of mocking their eyes during a video shared and quickly deleted from Snapchat.
According to a new report, Hadid faced backlash after a video surfaced of her posing beside a mini-statue of Buddha and squinting her eyes. In turn, Hadid took to Weibo to issue a statement of apology to those she offended.
"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," she wrote. "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."
Although Hadid was hoping to silence her critics with her statement, many fans online further slammed the model for sharing her apology on a website that many haven't even heard from.
"So let's make it clear, Gigi 'apologized' [on] Weibo. Did any one out of China know?" one person asked on Twitter, according to a report shared by Refinery 29.
Others on Twitter slammed Victoria's Secret for allowing to walk in their 2017 fashion show, which is set to be filmed in Shanghai, China later this year.
"Gigi is coming for the 2017 VS show while it will be held in Shanghai,China. Unbelievable! VictoriasSecret I don't think it is a good idea," someone said.
"Gigi Don't come to China. We don't need a racist," another person added.