A Chinese model at the center of an ongoing controversy about beauty standards and Western stereotypes in China has clapped back at critics taking a jab at her “slanted eyes.”
Driving the news: The model, who goes by the professional name Cai Niang Niang, appeared in a 2019 ad for a local snack brand called Three Squirrels. Photos from that campaign recently resurfaced on Chinese social media, drawing criticism for its supposed negative portrayal of Chinese women.
People squinting their eyes in photos could really do it without any racial reference, but for some reason, many still find it amusing to do so.
Instagrammer Faith Robertson, for instance, could have expressed how happy her partner makes her in a typical, simple and sweet caption. However, she chose to instead write: “He makes me smile so big, that I look Chinese.”