Image source, Chen Man / Dior Image caption, Photo by Chen Man for Dior drew criticism from some Chinese
A Chinese fashion photographer apologized for her "ignorance " after a photo she took for the luxury brand French Dior sparked outrage.
Chen Man's photo shows a woman some Chinese internet users say perpetuates Western stereotypes about Asian faces.
"I blame myself for my immaturity and ignorance [in my previous work]," Ms. Chen, 41, wrote on the social platform Weibo.
Dior said the photo, which was recently exhibited at an exhibition in Shanghai, has sincebeen deleted.
"Dior, as always, respects the feelings of the Chinese people ... If any errors occur, [Dior] should be prepared to receive comments and correct them in time " , wrote the fashion house on its Weibo account on Wednesday evening, adding that the work was a work of art, not a commercial.
The photo was first exhibited on the 12th November, but immediately sparked a reaction from some netizens and then local media.
In an editorial for the Beijing Daily, the model in the photo Dior was described as having a "dark face " and sinister eyes ".
" The photographer plays with the brands, or the aesthetic tastes of the western world, "the editorial said. " For years, Asian women are still appeared with small eyes and freckles from the western point of view, but the Chinese way of appreciating art and beauty cannot be distorted by this. "
En attendant, a comment from China Women 's News said that the image of the model with "single swollen eyelids " made people "uncomfortable " swollen.
Some Chinese netizens pointed out that the photo was reminiscent of Ms. Chen's series of photos from 2012, which she shot for iD Magazine.
Image source, Chen Man Image caption, Netizens said the Dior photo of Chen Man was reminiscent of her 2012 portraits that she made for iD magazine
Les Netizens said the images were an "insulting " portrayal of Chinese women, as they lacked fair skin and large round eyes which is generally prized by many Chinese. Others said they were projecting a "prejudiced" and "racist" image of the Chinese people.
But not all agree. Some defended Ms. Chen, with a W eibo user saying, "Why can a Chinese woman with small eyes also be considered beautiful? I don't see any problem with that.
In her statement on Wednesday, Ms. Chen said that she had "thought deeply " and felt compelled to apologize after considering "almost all negative comments " on her work.
"I was born andi grew up in china. I love my country deeply. As an artist, I am fully aware of my responsibility to document Chinese culture and showcase Chinese beauty through my work, ”she said.
“ I will m 'educate about Chinese history, attend more relevant events and improve my ideologies ... I will strive to tell the story of China through my work. "
Ms. Chen is a well-known photographer in the Chinese fashion world, making covers for top magazine titles and photographing celebrities David Beckham and Fan Bingbing.
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