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Dior and Chinese photographer apologize for photo west pandering and not portraying Chinese beauty



French luxury brand, Dior, and Chen man, Chinese photographer, apologized after a photo of an Asian model, following complaints that the freckled woman with piercing eyes pandered to Western tastes and intentions. The artwork was part of the Lady Dior exhibition in Shanghai, removed after the uproar and the exhibit closed.

Chen apologized on Weibo, “I blame myself for my immaturity and ignorance, I must ... formally apologize to everyone.”

Critics erupted on social media, saying the model, in a traditional dress holding a Dior handbag, lacked fair skin and larger eyes representing the Chinese. The Beijing Daily described the model as having a “gloomy face” and small, “sinister eyes”. China Women’s News said the model with “swollen single eyelids” made people “uncomfortable”, exposing Dior in its intention of “uglifying Chinese women”.

The photo in question:



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