Summer films are upon us, and leading ladies are not only arriving in theaters but hitting the magazine stands in China, so let’s take a look them, and the mags themselves because these shoots were much nicer than the last set I posted. Wang Luodan, in her film debut does a small shoot for Elle, while Zhang Ziyi gets the cover. Other leading ladies are the usual crowd, Fan Bingbing in Harpaar’s Bazaar and Sun Li in L’Officiel, in futuristic looking shoots. Jacqueline Li Xiaolu does Hotspot, my fav weekly magazine. Also looking gorgeous are the contestants for Dragon TV’s show Dragon Angels, which promises future leading ladies.
I used to like Elle China, but I feel like boycotting after their lackluster Supergirls photoshoot and the way editor-in-chief Xiao Xue adores Zeng Yike. Not only that, but they had the cast of Sophie’s Revenge at their disposal (I’ll post a cute picture later) and instead simply did a boring shoot with Zhang Ziyi that I don’t have clear pics for.
Wang Luodan‘s mini-shoot was gorgeous though! Only Two pics, but she looks great in them. Her film debut, Rules Before Dating with Wilson Chen-Bo Lin is coming soon.
Next is Sun Li in L’Officiel, my second favorite Chinese magazine after Harpaar’s Bazaar. The photoshoot has a metallic theme to it, as a reference to her upcoming movie, Kungfu Cyborg. Why Sun Li chose to do that movie I don’t know, but even if her cred goes down with it, at least she has Deng Chao as a boyfriend. Not bad for some who used to be Vicki Zhaowei’s backup dancer.
She also graces LOHAS, the Lifestyle of Health and Sustanability magazine, promoting healthy women with healthy lifestyles.
Last month I think Fan Bingbing was on the cover of Elle. This time she gets the cover of Harpaar’s Bazaar, which is one of the first established fashion magazines in China and the one that does the best photoshoots. I’m not sure which movie she’s promoting here because she has so many coming out. Earlier this year Fan Bingbing said she was just not comfortable not working, and indeed it seems like she’s always working. She’ll be in Wheat, Sophie’ s Revenge, and East. Wind. Rain . She was also supposed to be in Stretch, the movie David Carradine was in Thailand to film for, before he passed away. I love how, despite how people always keep bring up old rumors of her sleeping around, she does this shoot as if to say “idgaf”.
Next up is Li Xiaolu, who gets the cover of HOTSPOT, which does fairly nice shoots and stories for a weekly magazine (much, much cheaper in China), especially considering that Hostspot’s new, not even a year old. Although right now…they’ve been getting darker and more gothic. They need to stop that trend and go back to making the cute photoshoots like the Valentine’s one they did with Rojam Wang and Emma Peibei. Li Xiaolu’s film One Night in Supermarket opens this week, and though it’s lower budgeted, it has been getting great reviews. Can’t wait for it!
Finally, this how we know the Supergirls got screwed over: This gorgeous photoshoot of the Dragon Angel competitors which makes the Elle photoshoot look like a joke. It’s not even for the top ten but for the top 5 from two different districts, with a northern vs southern beauty theme. Maybe I should pay attention to this show. Oh Hunan TV, your overall execution is so much better than Dragon TV, but why do you fail in the visual department?
While posting this, I realized, that I never see fashion photoshoots from Taiwan, HK on Sina, Sohu,and the rest of the big news portals. What magazines are there? The only one that I know of is Vogue Taiwan, which is kind of eh all around, as exemplified by when Goo Hyesun recently went on the cover. Vogue seems to be just crappy in general in the Asian market. There’s a China version, but it’s not well-established at all and seems to just recycles European covers. I also realized that China seriously needs to branch out and stop using the same lead actresses. There’s been quite a few new ones rising in the drama department this year, but with movies I guess it’s too much of a risk.