I was just droolzing at Fan BingBing's new pictorials, and some Olympics Team China gorgeousness when….
…. Flipping through beauty magazine covers online and this looks run of the mill…exc when I find out this is Chen Man, whom I have a girlcrush on her amazing talent and artistry as the most influential photographer in CN.
The FBB pics I can't take my eyes off. Young (FBB has never looked younger in recent years), fresh, summery, pretty flowery cute dresses! GorgGorgGorgeous!
Simple yet surprisingly chic (considering how 'minimally' designed the uniforms!) CN OlympicTeam pics:
All lovely work of Miss Chen Man, the new mom.
She Who looks like a model/girl next door/fashionista herself.
She literally shines the best light on FBB, who is the photographer's Muse from the get go. They have a symbiotic rise to superstardom. Chen Man's style is extravagantly bold, veering on OTT yet the subject is communicating very directly almost bluntly to the audience in every work of hers. Just like FBB, who reminds me of Elizabeth Taylor. Every bit of her breathtakingly feminine gorgeousness is weapon grade, and she carries herself like a grand dame of yore, always.
FBB x ChenMan's revisioning Che Guevara, Bruce Lee and Elvis.
Sorry boys, with ChenMan and FBB at play, it's time for some objectifying and demeaning of your sex just to even it out a tiny bit.
She also is the mastermind behind some of my fav pics of key players in the industry:
Yao Chen at her most girly and pretty YET still distinctly in her own skin.
Faye Wong, ie the lovechild of a faerie and le petit prince
Zhou Xun, always the mystical creature.
Lin ChiLing: This is the why ChiLing jiejie is worthy as a print model, the most nuanced I've seen her ethereal priestess emotes ever. Too bad she's opposite of what she can do in a ChenMan pic when in motion, 'acting' on film.
Cecilia Cheung (w/ KSW): This will be a time capsule and essentially what a photograph should do, capture a moment in time. Cecilia has all the beauty and class and glamour like a FBB, or channel some Hepburn+Taylor IF she didn't let it all slip from her very grasp with her tumultuous personal dramas. What a pity.
And last but not least, Chen Man's own grandmama. Easily my all time fav of all Chen Man
But I can't leave out the gorgeous men under her lens, can I?
HXM: I'm all for XiaoMing slashing it with…oh can I dream a ChenKun?! in a CN pirated Sherlock x Watson. Lest you need a reminder, they r damningly flawless in suits (see exhibit A and B below, which I'm sure ur eyes r already stuck on atm)! No one can smoke a pipe in a plaid suit being so Smoking; or modeling suits/watches/hair wax and still telling me he's thinking deep thoughts, a task I no longer is capable of.
This is very close the vision of me when looking at the pics above, in case u r curious.
And Miss Chen, I'm forever grateful for this. The Last Supper hot men and PD Lu Chuan in reflection: