Look at these beautiful people attending a party for Elle China’s 30th birthday party. The event is somewhere up high in Shanghai, but it’s not like you can tell from the photos since they just used two fake skies as a backdrop.
Guests include Ni Ni, Li Yuchun, Yang Mi, Tang Yan, Angelababy, Song Qian, Bai Baihe, Liu Wen, Zhang Zilin, Wang Junkai, Lin Yanjun, Mao Buyi, Xu Weizhou, and the casts of MeteorGarden, The Story of Yanxi Palace, and Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace. There are others at the event but I only included people who got an official photo from Elle and a few notable looks. Which ones are your favorites?
Elle Cover Girls. I like how Li Yuchun is just like, nope, not doing that weird heart thing.
Couple @三兽sanso and @小姬joy spent half a year traveling across China to take wedding photos in the style of all 56 officially recognized ethnic groups. They usually asked locals to help them get as authentic clothing as possible (some accessories they used are family heirlooms, some are museum pieces) , although some are more touristy costumes. They also said that given the choice, they usually opted for less religious clothing.
It’s really a pity that only like five of them are regularly represented in TV series. I would love to see more historical and modern dramas exploring their stories.
The most separately photogenic couple, Jing Boran and Ni Ni, have just announced on Weibo they broke up in May. I don’t usually post break-up news but I’ll take any opportunity to put up pictures of either of them.
White Deer Plain was nominated in every single category, and took home three awards. He Bing took home the top acting award for his performance in The Love of Courtyard, though he was equally impressive in White Deer Plain (I really need to pick this show up again).
Some updates on director Chloé Zhao, who is still writing fan-fiction online and paying off her student loans as of last month. Don’t forget to support her by watching The Riderin theaters now!
Amazon has picked up her upcoming film on Reeve Bass.
She is one of several female directors in talks to direct Marvel’s Black Widow solo film. She’s actually said in an interview that she grew up with comic books and mangas, and her first experience with storyboarding were the mangas she drew as a child.
On a side news, Chinese-American director Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs ) has been announced to helm the DC female team-up Birds of Prey film.
With all these projects coming her way, hopefully she’s still working on that Chinese sci-fi.
Because the awards shows are government endorsed, the Flying Asparas are taken very seriously, and that means all nominees turn up, which makes the live stream that much more interesting. Red carpet round up and winners list below.
KFC added bamboo shoots to their chicken sandwich just in case they weren’t Chinese enough.
After normalizing hanfu’s as everyday outfits in her latest drama Beyond the Lightyears and as appropriate red carpet wear, actress and hanfu advocate Xu Jiao is here to remind you that hanfu is also fast-food appropriate. The actress is a part of KFC’s latest campaign to appeal to Chinese fans with Chinese culture rather than foreign superiority, a rather new ad choice in China. KFC also partnered with the National Museum to bring elements of artifacts from the museum to their stores, including renovating over thirty locations around China to either celebrate hanfu or artifacts.
When someone commented on Weibo that hanfu 汉服 and hamburgers 汉堡包 don’t look right together, Xu Jiao responded : “They both belong to the han 汉 family, so why not? ”
The interior of a newly renovated KFC that looks nothing like Kentucky.
The next time people tell you Chinese people are short, you can show them this to-scale photo.
As a part of International Women’s Day, Mattel released 17 dolls of prominent (young) women around the world. In China, volleyball player Hui Ruoqi, dancer Tan Yuanyuan (inconsistency in translation is so annoying), and Actress Guan Xiaotong were the ones chosen. It appears they’re not currently out for sell yet, but maybe you can buy one in the future. I’ll probably pass on this one, but I’m so ready for all the merch for the live-action Mulan (if it ever gets made).