As the news cycle of K-Pop is kept abreast by rumors and innuendo as much as it is by actual music releases, Clara Lee and her representatives were forced to address rumors that she stuffed the ballot box of Mode’s “100 Most Beautiful Women in the World 2014” list or something.
Apparently, the nefariousness of Clara knows no bounds.
Back in October 28, 2014, Clara received attention when she was featured as second place on ‘Mode’s ‘100 Most Beautiful Women in the World 2014.’ Netizens are now speculating that Clara may have manipulated the rankings as they discovered that she worked with ‘Mode’ on August 31 in Florida for a photoshoot, two months prior to the list’s publication.
By golly, it’s almost like networking and having a previous relationship with an entertainment publication can lead to favorable plugs every now and then! Shame on this lifestyle magazine for possibly not compiling their arbitrary list of 100 pretty faces with the utmost journalistic integrity.
As Clara and her representatives hopelessly pointed out, the whole issue is dumb and the idea that Clara would “manipulate the results” (How would she do that anyways? Break into the Mode editor’s office to make some last minute changes to the article?) is about the riskiest thing that someone could do for such a pointless, second-place (!) award.
On January 30, Clara’s representatives said to the press, “It doesn’t make sense that Clara would manipulate the rankings. It’s not worth responding to this.” They continued, “In the past, Clara even said herself in an interview that she thinks the reason she was ranked was because of their connection.“
Yes, even before netizens donned their Sherlock Holmes caps, Clara had already freely admitted that she probably got the (again, second place) honor because of her previous working relationship with Mode.
“I have had contact with them in the past with a photoshoot. It seems like that connection resulted in my high ranking; thank you.“
Things have not been going well for Clara lately. The court of public opinion has seemingly turned against her since her sexual harassment claims and she’s essentially cancelled all of her domestic and international activities for the time being. Both are serious matters which will greatly impact her career.
This though? Just stupid. The only egregious thing about Mode’s rankings is that they didn’t give Clara first place.