LONDON — Lower than 12 hours after Raf Simons unveiled his first codesigned men’s wear collection with Miuccia Prada, the Italian luxurious model is trending on China’s microblogging website Weibo for an entire completely different cause.
Chinese language actress Zheng Shuang, who final week appeared within the model’s Chinese New Year campaign alongside Chung Xia and Cai Xukun as a brand new ambassador, was accused by her ex-boyfriend, producer Zhang Heng, of contemplating forcing the U.S. surrogate carrying their youngster to terminate her seven-month being pregnant in 2019 as a result of their relationship got here to an finish.
Zhang stated in a Weibo publish on Monday that he has been stranded within the U.S. for over a yr as a result of he and his household “should care for and shield two younger and harmless lives.”
Later, the native press obtained two start certificates from the states of Colorado and Nevada, respectively, for the couple’s elder son and youthful daughter. It appeared that Zheng’s identify was listed on each paperwork, with a date of start matching her Chinese language authorized paperwork.
A court docket listening to scheduled for March 22 for “dissolution and everlasting orders” was uncovered by China’s netizens with each of their names on the case.
Later, a self-claimed pal of Zhang shared a recording with the media wherein the 2 and their dad and mom allegedly talk about what to do with the then-unborn youngsters.
Zheng allegedly could be heard saying that she is gutted that the fetuses can’t be aborted since they’re seven months outdated inside their surrogate moms. Her father allegedly proposed to provide them up for adoption, whereas her mom added they need by no means to see the 2 youngsters.
Whereas abortion is a delicate subject, Zheng’s angle through the alleged name and the truth that she allegedly thought of forcing the surrogate moms to terminate their pregnancies as a result of she doesn’t need the infants — although it may not be unlawful in China because the surrogacy occurred within the U.S. — has brought on heavy criticism on-line.
Her appointment because the face of Prada in China already raised some eyebrows on-line final week since many see her as an unequal match for the model. Zheng rose to fame with cleaning soap operas and actuality TV reveals, missing the kind of mental associations for which the model is thought.
After the scandal broke, Prada’s publish about its fall 2021 males’s put on present was crammed with greater than 5,000 feedback in regards to the scandals, most of them both urging the model to distance itself from Zheng, or making enjoyable of the model for associating itself together with her.
Some web customers even blame Zheng for the continual decline in Prada’s shares over the previous week, and name Zheng the “true satan wears Prada.”
To this point, Zheng hasn’t responded formally to Zhang’s accusations, and Prada hasn’t responded to Zheng’s scandal both.
Whereas many inside the business sympathize with the model’s state of affairs, some are predicting that the incident might have an enduring impression on the identical stage as Dolce & Gabbana’s China debacle in 2018. In China, the idea of household — particularly persevering with the bloodline — is very emphasised in conventional values.
The hashtags of their start certificates and the alleged recording noticed 1.53 billion and 1.96 billion views on Weibo, respectively. As compared, the hashtag of the Prada fall 2021 males’s put on assortment had 120 million views.