She has struggled to get noticed in an industry teeming with beautiful babes, but Korean actress Clara Lee's sexy pose and tight outfit during a ceremonial first pitch propelled her to It girl status.
According to a report in The New Paper, on May 3, the 27-year-old turned up as the celebrity guest pitcher for the Doosan Bears and LG Twins game wearing a tight cropped Bears top that revealed her abs and figure-hugging striped leggings which showed off her perky butt.
The footage of her pitch went viral and the Korean media have since named it the "sexy pitch", but it has received mixed responses from the online community.
Shortly after her appearance on the baseball field, the 1.68m model-actress received many invitations to show up as a guest on popular Korean variety programmes, including the highly-rated Happy Together and popular sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL) Korea.
Now, with overnight fame comes intense public scrutiny and inevitable controversies.
Viewers in South Korea pointed out that Lee has been making contradicting statements about herself on different TV programmes, confusing and misleading her fans, and drawing much flak in the process.
She had also said previously that she preferred to be known for her acting skills rather than her sexy image, but sceptical netizens called her a hypocrite, saying that she was still showing up on TV programmes in revealing clothes.
As the negative comments snowballed, Lee addressed the issues on her Facebook page, which has more than 188,000 likes.
"I understand if you say you were not entertained, but if you say I was not being truthful..." she wrote.
"You can hate me, you can even make malicious comments. However, please do not think I am wrong just because I'm different."
Later, Lee's agency issued statements explaining and clarifying her inconsistencies.
Lee also publicly apologised for her "lies" on an episode of SNL Korea that was aired in South Korea last Saturday.
When fellow cast member Jung Myung Ok told her jokingly on the show "whether you are sexy or not, stop lying", she replied: "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry."
Another one, Shin Dong Yup, further advised her to "stop lying from now on", after which she promised to do so and repeated: "I am sorry."