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Donatella Versace Apologizes & Model Quits Over Chinese T-Shirt Controversy


Versace has angered Chinese fans after labeling Hong Kong and Macau as countries rather than Chinese regions on a new T-shirt design, CNN reports.

Chinese actress, singer, and newly-signed Versace brand ambassador Yang Mi terminated her contract with the storied house over the T-shirt, saying she was “deeply offended” over the T-shirt and that it is “the duty of all Chinese citizens to uphold the “One China” principle and adamantly safeguard national unification.”

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“I am deeply sorry for the unfortunate recent error that was made by our Company and that is being currently discussed on various social media channels. Never have I wanted to disrespect China’s National Sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologize for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it might have caused.” @donatella_versace

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Donatella Versace issued an apology following the controversy. “I am deeply sorry for the unfortunate recent error,” the designer wrote on Instagram “Never have I wanted to disrespect China’s National Sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologize for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it might have caused.”

Hong Kong and Macau both have semi-autonomous governments and are classified as special administrative regions of China, not as separate countries. The Versace controversy arrived as pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong entered the 10th consecutive weekend.



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