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Chinese photographer apologized after French luxury fashion brand Dior threw away a high-profile photo of an Asian model following complaints the freckled, piercing-eyed woman bowed to the likes and Western stereotypes.

“Dior, as always, respects the feelings of the Chinese people … If mistakes happen, [Dior] must be open to receiving comments and correcting them in time, ”the fashion house wrote on its Weibo account on Wednesday, the BBC reported.

The company’s statement noted that the image of famous Chinese photographer Chen Man was a work of art shown at a Lady Dior exhibition in Shanghai and was not intended for advertising. The photo was removed after the outcry and the exhibit was closed on Wednesday.

Chen apologized for his work this week on his social media account without mentioning Dior.

“I blame myself for my immaturity and ignorance” in my past work, Chen, 41, wrote on Weibo. “I think I have to… apologize formally to everyone.”

Critics erupted on social media after the photo appeared in the exhibit earlier this month, claiming the model – who appears in traditional attire holding a black Dior handbag – was not fair skinned and larger eyes popular with Chinese.

The Beijing Daily described the model as having a “dark face” and small “sinister eyes”.

“For years, Asian women have always appeared with small eyes and freckles from a Western perspective,” the editorial said. “The photographer plays with brands, or the aesthetic tastes of the Western world. “

China Women’s News said the image of the model with “single swollen eyelids” made people “uncomfortable.” Dior has exposed his intention to “mock Chinese women,” he said.

But others spoke up for the photo and called for a wider acceptance of the diversity of Chinese beauty.

A Weibo user asked, “Why can’t a Chinese woman with small eyes also be considered beautiful? I see no problem with that.

The outcry over the photo has reignited criticism of Chen’s earlier work, including “Young Pioneers,” a 2008 series of photos of a young model in various scenes, some against the backdrop of major monuments from the city. China.

State newspaper Global Times reported that social media critics called the work “child pornography” that insulted the Young Pioneers, the name of a youth organization affiliated with the Communist Party.

A series of 12 Chen magazine covers featuring Chinese women in 2012 has been criticized for its “spooky” makeup.

Chen noted in his apology, “I was born and raised 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 added, “I will learn about Chinese history, attend more relevant events and improve my ideologies… I will endeavor to tell the history of China through my work.

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