Baby Love

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note -

good mag­a­zine cover sur­prises, some­times shocks, but al­ways con­nects with the reader in a nanosec­ond. Olivier Yoan’s im­age of Clau­dine Ying beau­ti­fully burst­ing with im­pend­ing moth­er­hood may not be as con­tro­ver­sial as Demi Moore’s 1991 cul­ture­bust­ing cover for Van­ity Fair, but it’s a first for Hong Kong Tatler.

As I was re­view­ing the grow­ing num­ber of fol­low­ers that Hong Kong Tatler has across so­cial me­dia plat­forms—more than 15,000 on In­sta­gram, 7,000 on Twit­ter and 29,000 on Face­book—i re­alised that in to­day’s dig­i­tal era, our mag­a­zine is more rel­e­vant than ever. Peo­ple still want a voyeuris­tic look into the pri­vate lives of those peo­ple who are defin­ing so­ci­ety. This par­tic­u­lar sym­bol of fe­male em­pow­er­ment con­veys a mes­sage that not only chal­lenges the norms of the so­ci­ety she was raised in, but pro­vides a very per­sonal look at Clau­dine’s fu­ture.

In Sweet Child O’ Mine (p.168), Clau­dine talks frankly to fea­tures edi­tor Madeleine Ross about her up­bring­ing, the man in her life and how, con­trary to her so­ci­ety im­age, she has had to find an in­ner strength and work harder than we may have thought for every­thing she’s ac­com­plished. The key to her suc­cess is not birthright, nor priv­i­lege, nor luck; it is, as she puts it, in­de­pen­dence. That’s some­thing we can all take to heart.

Else­where, fea­tures writer Chloe Street pro­files in­trepid French-cana­dian film­maker Xavier Dolan. At just 27 years of age, the Louis Vuit­ton brand am­bas­sador is mak­ing waves in both fash­ion and film, so don’t miss Reel Deal (p.116).

Fash­ion comes into frame again in Fron­tier Ter­ri­tory (p.178). Con­tribut­ing edi­tor Gemma Soames delves into de­sign­ers’ ever-grow­ing ob­ses­sion with tech­nol­ogy ahead of a new ex­hi­bi­tion of ma­chine-forged fin­ery at The Met.

When it comes to hair, how­ever, no ma­chine can match the mas­tery of hu­man hands. In Mane At­trac­tion (p.186) Kim­berly Hu and Chris­tian Bar­low meet Hong Kong’s gu­rus of good hair (Roland Boutin, David Gouy­gou, Joey Li and Marek Wan), and their well-tressed muses Angie Ting, Miriam De Riu, Amishi Sani and Au­drey Savran­sky. The black and white por­traits by Nic and Bex Gaunt are strik­ing and dra­matic. Nanosec­ond con­nec­tion? Tick.

funny busi­ness Glow­ing mum-to-be Clau­dine Ying wasn’t afraid to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent poses that high­lighted her bump

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