Chinese fashion photographer apologizes after backlash over Dior work

Chinese fashion photographer apologizes after backlash over Dior work

HONG KONG — A Chinese fashion photographer has apologized after backlash over work she did for French luxury brand Dior. The picture featured a tan, freckled model of Asian descent wearing traditional Chinese clothing while holding a black Lady Dior bag. It was criticized for perpetuating Western stereotypes of East Asian faces and failing to represent beauty standards in the region, which typically favor fairer skin and large eyes. The photo was removed from display at a Dior fashion exhibition in Shanghai in the wake of the controversy. Chen Man acknowledged the criticism of the photo as well as some of her earlier work. “I have reflected deeply and blamed myself for my naivety and ignorance at the time. I think that I must still formally apologize to everyone,” Chen …
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