My boyfriend’s a star
Some china models linked to well-known stars are cashing in on the publicity to increase their fees.
FOR models seeking instant name and face recognition, nothing seems to work as well as dating a star. Just ask Hannah Quinlivan (the new girl in Mandopop king Jay Chou’s life), Vivian Dawson (who is basically Mr Jolin Tsai) or even Mavis Pan (the notorious ex-girlfriend of TVB prince Raymond Lam).
They all have a long way to go, however, before they can rise to the heights of Lynn Hung, the girlfriend of Heavenly King Aaron Kwok who has become a top model in Hong Kong and a television star in Taiwan. Here’s a look at models with better-known halves. – The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network Who: Taiwanese model Hannah Quinlivan, 18. A photo was published in August of her and singer Jay Chou, 32, with his arm around her, in France – proof of their romance after six months of rumours circulating – and suddenly, she was hot.
Pre-Jay Chou: Quinlivan, who has an Australian dad and a Korean-Taiwanese mum, was discovered on the Jacky Wu variety show Guess when she was 14 and had chubby cheeks. Although she then joined the cast of the Blackie Chen variety show Blackie’s Teenage Club, her career was lacklustre.
Career development: She was given star treatment in Taipei last month at an event for the jewellery house, Qeelin.
She earned NT$150,000 (RM15,000) for the event, NT$30,000 (RM3,000) more than her usual fee, reported China Times. .
Last month, she confirmed a report that she had dated Lee Chuan, a Z-list regular from Lollipop, the sister show of Blackie’s Teenage Club, , when she was 16 and Who: Chinese model Mavis Pan, 24, former girlfriendfriend of actor Raymond Lam, 31. Bedroom photos of the couple were splashed in Next Magazine in March, after their break-up: a scandal that left him in tears.
Pre-Raymond Lam: The native of Taizhou, Zhejiang province, was known as “Taizhou’s Little Shu Qi” in China but not well-known in Hong Kong and beyond.
Career development: She became famous as well as notorious because of the scandal as she was suspected of leaking the photos to the press. Not that it has hurt her acting career. This year, she was in the Nick Cheung movie Treasure Inn and will be in the Simon Yam film Five-Star General. Who: Chinese model Lynn Hung, 30. She moved to Hong Kong in 2006, the year she was linked to Heavenly King Aaron Kwok, now 45, after they made an advertisement together.
Pre-Aaron Kwok: The Nanjing native was a struggling model in Shanghai.
Career development: Her fee soared 10 times after reports of her relationship with Kwok surfaced, reported Apple Daily.
Although he has never officially acknowledged the romance, she seems to have made the most of her heightened media visibility.
In 2008, she made her acting debut in the film Ip Man, opposite Donnie Yen. This year, she starred in her first television show, Material Queen, opposite Vanness Wu. he, 18. But they broke up because her agent disapproved, she said.
Reading between the lines, China Times noted: “In other words, the agency has no objection to her relationship with Jay.”
But she may be more interested in being Mrs Jay Chou than becoming a supermodel. At the Qeelin event last month, she was asked when she would be ready for marriage and she answered: “Now is OK.”