She is Fan Bingbing, the Chinese actress par excellence. Sophisticated on her red carpet appearances, she wears clothing that seem taken out from one of her period movies. Eccentric and elegant, she loves stiletto heels. We didn’t want to show her in a traditional shooting, or to present the cold, sexy and distant Bing-bing movie star. So sexy that, for a shooting, it would have been natural to dress her in sensual and provocative outfits. But not this time.
I want a different side of her for the cover of L’Uomo Vogue. Unexpected. I want her bold and rock. Together with the photographer we insist in wanting to show a different side of the Chinese icon that everyone adores and is used to seeing: tall over high-heels and with body-hugging clothing. She is accommodating and starts to try out an infinite series of clothing in leather, men’s tuxedo shirts and men’s suits. We’re in a huge, empty space with large windows that, in just a few seconds, are darkened by the hundreds of bodies of young people that want to see and photographer her. The news has spread and there is no peace.
Fan Bingbing changes behind a big red velvet curtain held up around her by hairdressers, make-up artists and assistants. She exists wearing an Armani leather jacket and black pants, and immediately looks like a rock star. She’s a modern day Patti Smith. She dresses the part so well that she almost looks more like the lead singer of an avant-garde band than the actress that everyone knows. Elegant, shy, and with a small smile on her face, as soon as she moves she transforms: on our set she is, as the French say, completely “déchaînée”, wild.
The big star is truly a star. Nothing scares her, not even the chance of appearing different. She is on the cover of this issue of L’Uomo Vogue dedicated to China. A woman. Yes, because there are many women here, and they are strong and self-confident just as men. And when it comes to personality and character she is very strong. “I have to be honest”, she admits with an ironic smile, “I would like to play the part of a bad, confident woman. Honestly, even though I have struck many people’s imagination with the image that I have in the movies I’ve played, today I have the desire to portray the part of a strong woman, a little bad! I adore Meryl Streep, she’s exactly the type of strong woman I’m thinking about. I like her in every role she’s played”.
L'Uomo Vogue, October 2012 (n. 434)
Photo by Francesco Carrozzini
Hair by Liu Xuemeng
Make up by Christopher Bu
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