Lu Keran’s modern wuxia shoot is full of inspired details

The Chinese brushstroke eyeshadows are so tastefully done. It’s probably one of the best “Chinese-inspired” makeup photoshoots I’ve seen in a while.

I know, I know, the modern wuxia theme has been done to the death, so much that my last two photo posts were both “Chinese-styled”. Despite being less famous, this one featuring Lu Keran is actually my favorite in a long time. Perhaps unbound by the restrictions bigger magazines and stars have, this one by photographer Han Xinlu is choked full of inspired design choices that I can’t help but be impressed.

I love how her rosy cheeks feel as if they’re from a brush against the flower. It’s hard not to think of Chen Man when you see Miao-styled silver hats and rouge, but this photo manages to be completely different.
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Friday Photos

Dilraba back in a crown again. It’s a pity Dolce & Gabbana were so racist because it really is the major fashion house that fits her best.

Photoshoots, stills, and images that caught our eyes recently. What caught yours?

THE9’s Babymonster An Qi in this beautiful Miao-inspired dress. This costume designer should make dresses for the red carpet. photo cr: 屿光同尘-安崎
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THE9 practice rooms round-up

Occasionally THE9 dances to remind us that they’re not just a MMA group who can easily chokehold one of the strongest men on The Irresistible

I’m still bitter that THE9 hasn’t had a single official practice room dance together, but here’s a round-up of my favorite covers recently.

First up, my bias Lu Keran. Her dancing style and personality is so unique and captivating in every aspect. She has the most sensual dancing style in THE9, but she’s also the shyest. She’s the most babied, the most bullied, but she also can beat everyone up (literally).

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THE9 releases debut EP SphinX shoot

I love it. It’s bold and somewhat risky, but they all look so good. Youth With You 2’s debut group THE9‘s first EP, titled SphinX, will reportedly have a mythology X outer space theme (hence Xu Jiaqi’s alien ears). chose a decidedly girlcrush route for a group of women with equally bold personalities.

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Stages round-up: 618 and We Are Blazing

The 9’s Hunt by 白夜森林·陆柯燃

A round-up of eye-catching stage performances, mostly from stage competition We Are Blazing (it’s like mixed-gender Queendom) and 618 galas.

Sing girlgroup in maybe their best live performance yet, a tanbur cover of Despacito. The opening with the gold dust is so beautiful and left me in wow the same way their fans first did on Produce 101.
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