The face of Dolce & Gabbana's controversially 'racist' advertisement has broken her silence to apologise, saying the campaign “almost ruined” her career.
Chinese model Zuo Ye says she feels "very guilty and ashamed”, after appearing in the Dolce & Gabbana advertisements last year that angered an nation.
The controversy began when the Italian fashion powerhouse launched three promotional videos showing Ms Ye struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks.
The 40-second clips were used to promote the “DG Loves China” campaign, ahead of a fashion show in Shanghai last November.
The model has recently said it almost "killed off her career", and issued an apology on China's social media website Weibo for participating.
But the damage in China had already been done.
The Cultural Affairs Bureau of Shanghai cancelled DG Loves China's The Great Show, after more than 100 Chinese models booked for the show began to pull out.
The brand remains frozen out of the world's biggest luxury market, with Dolce & Gabbana products still unsearchable on some e-commerce sites.