As Fan Bingbing’s tax evasion probe made international headlines on Monday, it seems a woman who spent millions of yuan on plastic surgery to look like the A-list Chinese actress got some of her money’s worth in free publicity.
London-based Financial Times (FT) and South China Morning Post (SCMP) were among the outlets that mistakenly ran a photo of He Chengxi while reporting on Fan’s starring role in a government tax investigation.
FT only realized the error after a reader pointed it out in the article’s comment section, describing He, 25, as having “gone to great lengths – multiple plastic surgeries” to resemble Fan.
“It appears she did manage to do that:)” the reader wrote using the handle “Just saying.”
FT thanked the reader in a message below, adding “We have changed the picture.”
SCMP has also since changed the picture out for one of Fan, who Sunday became the center of an official tax investigation after a contract of hers was leaked online last week.
The now famous photo of He was taken by an AFP journalist at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The recent incident is not the first time English-language media accompanied an article about Fan with the wrong picture.
The Daily Mail paired an article about a TV period drama starring Fan, which was pulled from Chinese broadcasts in late 2014 for its risqué costumes, with a photo of actress Zhang Xinyu.
– Global Times
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