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Five years ago I chanced upon

Crazy Rich Asians at a book­store. In­trigued by the cover, I read the syn­op­sis and laughed at its hi­lar­ity be­fore putting it back on the book­shelf. That Christ­mas, I re­ceived it as a gift, and thus be­gan my fix­a­tion with Kevin Kwan’s char­ac­ters in the tril­ogy up un­til the fi­nal book came out last year, just months af­ter the shoot for the first movie wrapped up in Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia.

As it turned out, I wasn’t the only one who thor­oughly en­joyed the se­ries, as out­landish as it may be. The sto­ry­line res­onated with mil­lions of Asians around the world in­clud­ing us at Team FE­MALE, and I par­tic­u­larly liked how Kevin threw in fa­mil­iar phrases in var­i­ous di­alects that I grew up with here and there, with the ac­com­pa­ny­ing foot­notes on some pages for the ben­e­fit of those who didn’t un­der­stand them.

As luck would have it, our Fea­tures & Life­style Writer, Tammy got an ex­clu­sive in­vi­ta­tion to go be­hind the scenes dur­ing the film shoot in Sin­ga­pore last year, and in early Au­gust, she flew to Los An­ge­les, USA, for the press screen­ing as well as to catch up with the main cast in a fun ses­sion that was caught on cam­era which, if you haven’t al­ready watched, you can view on our YouTube and en­joy re­peat­edly.

For the most part, our an­tic­i­pa­tion of the Crazy Rich Asians movie was more than just get­ting to see one of our favourite books brought to life on the big screen; we were ex­cited about Asian rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Hol­ly­wood and the me­dia – like, fi­nally. And to have our very own Malaysian tal­ents in the main cast – in­clud­ing the lead ac­tor who was one of FE­MALE’s 50 Gor­geous Peo­ple back in the day – now that’s just tripling the ic­ing on the cake!

In this is­sue, we’re cel­e­brat­ing the movers and shak­ers in the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mu­sic and movie in­dus­try. Flip the pages and you’ll see how much we loved putting them all to­gether for you! We’ve even got the ex­clu­sive scoop on Ital­ian dig­i­tal in­flu­encer and #girl­boss, Chiara Fer­ragni’s fairy­tale wed­ding gowns and shoes de­signed by Dior’s Creative Di­rec­tor, Maria Grazia Chi­uri, and the whole she­bang in Fit For A Queen (pg. 56).

Now all you need to do is turn on your Spo­tify and put FE­MALE’s playlist (pg. 144) on re­peat, then grab your favourite drink and pop­corn to ac­com­pany your read­ing plea­sure.

En­joy!

It’s re­ally rare in TV not to think, ‘Well, I’ve seen a ver­sion of this be­fore.’

– Gemma Chan

Call­ing all Chiara Fer­ragni fans! You’d want to read all about the lead-up to her re­cent wed­ding plus all the fun facts about her dreamy Dior gowns.

Beauty Ed Sarah talks Spring ’19 fash­ion trends with the new Creative Di­rec­tor of Kate Spade New York, Ni­cola Glass at New York Fash­ion Week.

Yang Mei Ling Ed­i­tor

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