Hid­den Depths

Re­tired div­ing star Guo Jingjing was a dream to work with, daz­zling our team with her hum­ble na­ture, fo­cus and no-fuss at­ti­tude

Hong Kong Tatler - - Behind The Scenes -

For some­one who’s strik­ingly beau­ti­ful, an Olympic gold medal­list and a mem­ber of one of Hong Kong’s most prom­i­nent dy­nas­ties, Guo Jingjing could have been as de­mand­ing on set as she wanted and no one would have bat­ted an eye. How­ever, the for­mer ath­lete proved to be the an­tithe­sis of such a per­sona. Re­mark­ably gen­tle and low-key, the softly spo­ken Guo de­lighted all who styled, be­jew­elled and pho­tographed her. When stylist Grace Lam sat down with her to dis­cuss her look for the cover shoot, Guo gave her free rein, not­ing only that she prefers not to look overly sexy. As she was be­ing made up, a band of brawny Cartier guards in black suits ar­rived with a trea­sure trove of gems for the day’s shoot. At one point, our stylist asked Guo to try a ring on ev­ery fin­ger—but when it came to slip­ping them off, she found the most ex­pen­sive one was stuck. “Oh well, your hus­band [Ken­neth Fok] will just have to buy that one for you for Christ­mas,” one team mem­ber joked, and Guo broke into laugh­ter. She spent most of the time in the stu­dio bare­foot and en­joyed whiling away the time be­tween shots with Lam as they dis­cussed their sons and ex­changed baby tips. Even in the ar­ray of glam­orous Lan­vin and Elie Saab gowns, and bedecked with splen­did jew­els, Guo still calmly pro­jected her brand of un­der­stated, mod­ern el­e­gance (see page 248).

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