Last fall, we reported on Dolce & Gabbana basically destroying their credibility in China after an ad campaign many netizens found racist and offensive. The controversy resulted in D & G cancelling a big fashion show they had planned for China as well as a nationwide boycott. Now, the Chinese model who had to pretend she didn’t know how to eat Italian food with chopsticks in the offending videos is talking.
Zuo Ye was overjoyed when she booked a gig working with the prestigious Italian fashion line, but she says the outrage and hate she has gotten have left her feeling guilty and humiliated. She was told little of the Milan based shoot except that it would be “fun.”
In a recent social media post, Zuo declared “I never and would never bear anything disrespectful to my home country.” She added “I’m deeply in love with my country and proud to be a Chinese to send on international runways.”
She felt uncomfortable with both the size of the food she was served, the use of the chopsticks in the video, and the amount of times she had to laugh at herself and the situation.