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Who is Maria Reisen? Outrage over K-pop idol IU being pushed by French influencer in Cannes

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K-pop fans blast French beauty influencer Maria Travel after she pushed IU onto the red carpet at the 75th Cannes Film Festival

Trust K-Pop fans to fight for their favorites – they deliver on the fly. K-pop soloist and actress IU, also known by her birth name Lee Ji-eun, is a prime example of cultivating such a devoted fan base. Fans of the singer had their backs when she performed at the 75th Cannes International Film Festival. Known as a solo artist, IU is often referred to as the “sister of the nation” in the K-pop industry, all thanks to her fan base, Uaenas. A video from the festival has been circulating on Twitter, with fans of IU claiming she was the victim of aggression at the Cannes Film Festival.

Aside from being a singer, IU is also known as an actress thanks to her hit K-Dramas such as The Producers, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart, My Mister and Hotel Del Luna. IU recently starred in Song Kang-ho’s ‘Broker’ film as So-Young. It was her first starring role in a film. The film premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and it was reported that the film received a 10-minute standing ovation from the audience at the film festival.


French influencer under fire for pushing IU

The cast of Broker was invited to the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and IU performed with actors Song Kang-ho, Kang Dong-won, Lee Joo-young and Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. IU was chatting with co-star Lee Joo-young when, out of the blue, a young blonde woman, Maria Travel, later revealed to be a French beauty influencer, came across IU. The live video showed Maria Travel walking between IU and Joo-young and encountering IU, who was facing ahead and chatting with her co-star, head cocked over her shoulder.

The video shows the influencer pushing IU with her shoulder to move forward in the crowd. To make matters worse, despite the IU boost, Travel continued without apologizing to the K-pop idol. In addition, the footage showed that IU was caught off guard by the incident after being knocked out of her original position due to the impact of the jab. As soon as the video was posted online, fans began calling out the influencer for her behavior as the accident appeared to be an “act of aggression”. Fans also claimed the incident was not an accident and appears to be a racist attack.

Though there was no complaint from IU when the singer burst out laughing, K-pop fans were out for blood. The influencer’s facial expression and the lack of remorse she showed after pushing someone prompted fans to call Maria Travel about the accident. After being blasted by fans of IU online, the influencer posted a video on her Instagram story apologizing for the incident.

Maria said: “I’m not good at English but I’ll do my best to speak. I want to apologize for what happened on the red carpet today.” The influencer added, “I want to apologize to actress Lee Ji-eun. It was my mistake for hitting her. My sincere apologies.” She went on to tag IU’s Instagram handle (@dlwlrma) in the story, captioning the post, “I’m really sorry about what happened on the red carpet today.”

According to Instagram bio @mariartravel, Maria Travel is a beauty influencer and makeup artist with ties to a TV show on French TV channel W9. In her second Instagram account dedicated to her makeup activities, she also claims to be a “health and rejuvenation coach” who shows her clients “how to tighten their face without surgery or injections.”

Who is Maria Reisen?

In another lengthy post on Instagram, Maria describes how she ended up working as a makeup artist in Cannes. She described it as a “magical place where my dreams came true” and revealed that this was her first time coming to Cannes on her own “without knowing anyone and practically no money”. She added, “I wanted so badly to work as a professional makeup artist for the stars, but without contacts and experience it was very difficult.” Her first big break came when she was asked to create a makeup look for the Russian actress and To create celebrity Victoria Bonya for a photo shoot. Since then, she has been working as a makeup artist at the festival, which is why she was on the Cannes red carpet.

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