Asian model mix-up revives stereotype

Rising Chinese models, Liu Wen and Du Juan were recently misidentified as each other in the June issue of British Vogue. The magazine's  blunder revived an ignorant stereotype. 

Photo Courtesy of Racked

Photo Courtesy of Racked

 The June issue of British Vogue  features a photograph of Chinese model, Liu Wen modeling an outfit in Derek Lam's 2011 RTW show. The text however, misidentified her as Du Juan

Other than the fact that both models are statuesque, raven-haired beauties, the models are strikingly different:

Photo courtesy of Styleite: Liu Wen (left)Du Juan (right)

It's a blush-inducing mistake, but British Vogue is not the only magazine to have produced a goof like this. In 2008, People magazine featured South Korean celebrity, Rain, in one of their issues. The magazine  accidentally published a picture of Karl Yune. What's interesting is the fact that the men look nothing alide.

Ironically, the blunder was featured in a story that discussed the rise of Asian models. 

The question  is whether it was just an honest mistake or a form of racism in the world's most important fashion magazine... disguised as an innocent blunder.

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