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Yoon Eun Hye Apologizes For Plagiarism Controversy

BY Julie Jones | Dec 11, 2015 12:57 PM EST


Actress Yoon Eun Hye has apologized for the plagiarism controversy that arose after her appearance on the Chinese design program "The Goddesses' New Outfit."

According to the Korean media outlet, Korea Times, the actress offered an apology at a December 11 fashion event at the Lotte Department Store in Seoul. Yoon and Australian model Miranda Kerr were at the event promoting the fashion brand Samantha Thavasa.

It was the first time Yoon appeared in public after appearing on the Chinese program. Yoon Eun Hye models for the brand in Korea, but as she cancelled her post-controversy appearance at the Busan International Film Festival, some fans wondered if she might cancel the fashion event too.

"I apologize for causing the trouble," Yoon said with a bow. 'From now on I will work hard and do my best."

The controversy concerned some designs that the actress created for the fashion program. The program teams professional designers with  elebrities who must then create their own exclusive line. The format of the show is similar to the American design reality show "Project Runway." The actress was accused of copying two of her winning designs. One of her winning designs was said to be similar to a 2015 Dolce Gabbana dress and other was allegedly similar to a BCBG MAXAZRIA design.

The actress denied the plagiarism charges, saying that she received her inspiration from other sources.

Despite the controversy, another design by the actress proceeded to win on the program. Her third winning creation was a full-length gray coat. Paired with a handmade clutch, the coat won the highest bids from the show's guests and online shopping malls.  The Korean media outlet Joongang Daily, reported that the design earned a bid of $6.5 million.

One of the guests bidding for the coat was EXO's Tao. Yoon was so grateful for the support she received that she began to cry.

"There's more to it than meets the eye," she said. "I appreciate people who have supported me."

Yoon reportedly planned a longer apology for the Samantha Thavasa event but the brand asked her to keep it short and simple, so she complied.

Yoon's agency, J Army Entertainment, announced in October that she would not join the next season of the Chinese design program. Her last film, "After Love," with co-star Park Shi Hoo, will not be released until next year.

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