Chen Man Apologizes For Dior Pictures Controversy – The Hollywood Reporter
A famous Chinese fashion photographer has apologized for her previous work after online critics called it an insult to the Chinese people and fashion house Dior removed one of her photos from a show in Shanghai.
Chen Man admitted criticism of her previous work, including “Young Pioneers”, a series of photos of a young supermodel with backgrounds of major milestones such as ChinaThe massive Three Gorges Dam or with a photo of the country’s first lunar orbiter flying from under its clothes.
Criticism has been reported by the state-owned Global Times The newspaper said that comments on social media described her work as “implicit child pornography and insulting young pioneers”, which is the name of a youth organization affiliated with the Communist Party.
“I thought deeply and blamed myself for my naivety and ignorance at the time. Chen wrote this week on her social media account, I think I still have to formally apologize to everyone.
“I am Chinese, born and raised, and I deeply love my motherland,” she wrote. “And I know, deeply, that as an artist, I have a responsibility to the task of recording and spreading the culture of the Chinese people.”
.@ DiorShowed the move to remove local photographer Chen Man’s work as part of her art exhibition (because some netizens are offended by it not conforming to their beauty standards): any foreign brand’s production will be judged and scrutinized by the public in China. pic.twitter.com/nxGjGEZ7IJ
– Yaling Jiang (@yaling_jiang) November 24, 2021
She joined many Chinese and foreign celebrities, brands, and artists who publicly apologized after criticism of their work in the state media. Some were interrupted for refusing to apologise or if an apology was deemed insufficient.
Chen’s apology came more than a week after Dior was attacked for the photo at its Shanghai gallery, which depicts a model of Asian descent with tan skin, freckled skin and dark eyelids carrying a Dior bag.
Critics considered the image to contravene East Asian beauty standards for fair skin, and said it perpetuated Western stereotypes of Asian faces, such as slanting eyes.
At least one photo editor has praised her work in the past for creating an aesthetic that wasn’t Western or Japanese and South Korean magazines. And in 2019, . was released Global Times She described Chen as China’s response to American photographer Annie Leibovitz, calling her a “shining star” with a unique perspective.
Dior removed the image, adding that it was part of an art project and not an advertisement. In a statement on its Chinese social media account, Dior said it “respects the feelings of the Chinese people” and “strictly adheres to Chinese laws and regulations.”
Other luxury brands have previously been embroiled in controversy in China. In 2018, a Dolce & Gabbana’s announcement sparked public outrage After the Asian model in the advertisement was directed to eat spaghetti, cannoli and pizza with a pair of chopsticks. The videos were later removed.
Chen’s social media posts said she accepted criticism of her work including that of a particular brand, but did not specify Dior.
The image from the Shanghai show was taken in a style similar to a series of covers that Chen drew for British fashion magazine ID which included 12 Chinese young women from different ethnic minorities. Many women didn’t fit into what had become a popular definition of beauty in China – some had small eyes, others had freckles.
Ding Yining, photo editor at Sixth note, praised Chen’s work in a 2018 article for the state-supported English Language Features website.
“From her work, Chen appears to prefer models with narrow, one-lidded eyes and a sense of traditional East Asian elegance,” Ding wrote.
Chen said Sixth note That “As a professional visual artist, I believe I should help more people recognize the face of modern Chinese beauty with greater confidence.”