LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!
We spent two days on set getting to know the real crazy rich Asians of Singapore
After months of anticipation, the film Crazy Rich Asians finally premiered in August. Based on the high society scene in Singapore and featuring a stellar all-asian cast, it was notably one of the year’s long-awaited release. It was bigger than just some summer romcom—the movie is part of a wider cultural conversation, and a coup for Asians all over the world to finally achieve the visibility on the silver screen that many have longed for Hollywood to give us. And as one of the key publications mentioned in the book as er, Singapore Tattle, it was only natural that we paid homage to the Kevin Kwan novel, but this time casting our own set of colourful characters that we truly believe embody the crazy rich Asian spirit. Personifying this world is Peggy Jeffs, society stalwart and lover of dramatic headpieces. Frequently spotted at society events decked in avant-garde confections from under-theradar designers, Peggy’s over-the-top style alone is deserving of the title. For this shoot, she oozed OTT perfection with intense smoky eyes and meticulously teased hair, courtesy of hair and make-up maestro Grego. Her dramatic transformation drew comparison to another eclectic fashion personality—the British-irish heiress and fashion icon Daphne Guinness. Then we have social media superstar Calista Cuaca, daughter of socialite Jamie Chua, grace our cover for the very first time. A bona fide rich kid of Instagram, Calista lets her followers in on her enviable life filled with the best clothes and the hottest parties. But there were no first-time jitters or nerves for this fashionista. She worked the camera like a pro, acing her poses each time while decked out in one of the must-have pieces of the season—the Fendi Double F logo thigh-high boots. And rounding up the trifecta is The Mad Chinaman himself, Dick Lee. The entertainer was all smiles on set, bringing a vibrant energy as he leapt around the studio with a paper fan in hand gamely doing everything to get the perfect shot.
The crew got Peggy Jeffs dancing to Drake’s viral In My Feelings track to get her in the mood