My boyfriend’s a star

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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.”

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