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Hanbok or hanfu? Controversy swirls around Vogue feature as Korean professor and Chinese YouTuber weigh in

  • The controversy surrounding the hanbok featured at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cultural dispute between Chinese and Korean netizens over their respective nations’ traditional clothing.
  • Days prior to the start of the Olympics, Vogue magazine posted a photo of Chinese model Shiyin that had commenters debating whether her attire was a Chinese hanfu or a Korean hanbok. 
  • At the center of the debate are conflicting accounts of history, and while some claim that the hanbok was merely inspired by the hanfu centuries ago, others insist that this is a distortion of history that erases Korea’s claims to its culture. 

Vogue has waded into an ongoing cultural dispute between Chinese and Korean netizens after posting a photo of a traditional dress they claimed belongs to Chinese culture.

On Feb.1, Vogue took to Instagram to post the photo, which features Chinese model and YouTuber Shiyin posing in what the publication describes as a Chinese hanfu. 

Vogue feature on waste loom products sparks anger over alleged appropriation, ‘white mediocrity’ favoritism

  • Vogue Runway’s feature of T-shirt waste loom products by American designer Elise McMahon and textile artist Francescat Capone created using “upcycled T-shirt weaving” received online backlash from Filipinos claiming it was an appropriation of the basahan weaving technique.
  • The claims sparked further online discussion on the racial imbalance in media representation.
  • “The conversation here isn’t just about appropriation, it’s about the fact that the system celebrates white mediocrity yet puts impossible standards for BIPOC to be able to be respected in the same regard,” posted Filipino American designer Jan Vincent Gonzalez.
  • In response to the heavy online criticism, McMahon released an apology on Instagram acknowledging the influence of the Philippines’ basahan weaving technique and explaining her creative inspiration.

Vogue Runway’s feature on T-shirt waste loom products created using “upcycled T-shirt weaving” by American designer Elise McMahon and textile artist Francesca Capone has received online backlash from Filipinos claiming it appropriates the basahan weaving technique.   

The product was originally featured in an article by Vogue Fashion News Editor Sarah Spellings on Feb. 3 before being posted four days later to the Vogue Runway Instagram account.

Jung Ho-yeon is first East Asian to be solo featured on Vogue cover in magazine’s 130-year history

Jung Ho-yeon Vogue

Appearing on the February issue is fashion model-turned-actress Jung Ho-yeon, who graced countless screens as Kang Sae-byeok, or Player 067, in last year’s global sensation “Squid Game.”

The magazine tweeted a picture of the cover on Wednesday, along with an accompanying profile on the 27-year-old actress, detailing her journey from catwalks to the international stage. 

’24 Hours With Squid Game’s HoYeon Jung’ shows her reuniting with ex-costars Lee Yoo-mi, Kim Joo-ryoung

Jung Ho-yeon squid game vogue

Jung Ho-yeon shared her favorite secret place while reuniting with two “Squid Game” cast members and talked about how much her life has changed after the success of the Netflix hit show.

Day in the life: In Vogue’s latest YouTube video, featuring Jung, the actress takes Vogue around Seoul for 24 hours during her day off.

Like People Magazine, Vogue Also Can’t Tell Asians Apart

Another major American celebrity publication is being criticized for misidentifying several Asian American actors in its published photos.

In an earlier report, People magazine was called out by “Crazy Rich Asians” actor and “Daily Show” correspondent, Ronny Chieng, for misidentifying him and his wife, Hannah Pham, as Randall Park and Jae W. Suh, respectively. Tan Kheng Hua was also mistaken as Michelle Yeoh.

People Are Upset That Vogue India’s Latest Cover ‘Star’ is the ‘King of Bollywood’s’ Daughter

Netizens are calling out Vogue India for its blatant nepotism after it officially announced actor Shahrukh Khan’s 18-year-old daughter, Suhana Khan, as the cover girl for the magazine’s August issue.

Meet #SuhanaKhan, the new girl on the block, our August 2018 cover star. Photographed by: Errikos Andreou (@errikosandreouphoto). Styled by Anaita Shroff­ Adajania (@anaitashroffadajania). Hair: Yianni Tsapatori (@yiannitsapatori). Make-up: Namrata Soni (@namratasoni)

Legendary Rock Icon Yoshiki Becomes First Japanese Man on Cover of Vogue Japan

Legendary musician Yoshiki’s presence on the cover of Vogue Japan is the first time in its 18 year history that the publication has ever featured a Japanese man.

I was still bleeding from surgery at the time, but it was worth it. Thanx everyone.Xx 表紙 ” @voguejapan First Japanese Male on the cover of #VOGUE JAPAN”. 2017 October Issue COMING SOON. @yoshikiofficial & model: @micarganaraz in @ysl Photographers: @luigiandiango Fashion Editor: @patrickmackieinsta Hair: @luigimurenu Makeup: @yumilee_muaManicure: @ginaedwards_ Casting: @pg_dmcasting Producer: Paul Preiss at @preisscreative #voguejapan #yoshiki #xjapan @voguemagazine