After a two-year hiatus, actress Fan Bingbing is making a global comeback in the star-studded spy film 355.
Fan Bingbing has been the face of Louis Vuitton, Moët, Adidas and, most recently, Guerlain. A global fashion icon, she has graced red carpets in Marchesa, Ralph & Russo and Elie Saab gowns while adorned in Chopard jewels. Her porcelain skin, doe-like eyes and elegant features have made her China’s ideal beauty. This graceful public persona stands at a stark contrast to the characters she portrays, from modern working-class women who face complexities within city life in I Am Not Madame Bovary, Lost in Beijing and Buddha Mountain, to a supreme female leader in the Chinese period piece The Empress of China.
“All of those films are about a woman’s growth and development,” Fan points out. “I place a lot of emphasis on how to discover that growth.” In the movies directed by prestigious filmmaker and close friend Li Yu, Fan appears fresh-faced with minimal make up, always managing to find a harmonious balance between a poor, struggling lead and a sympathetic voice that can speak to all audience members. “I love to challenge myself with roles in art films to play characters with more unique experiences,” she divulges. “The most inspiring part of my cooperation with Li Yu was that she used to be a director for documentaries. The way she depicts the story is really authentic.”
This digital cover of Schön! 39 has been produced by
photography. Dalong Yang
fashion. Zhu Hai Jia
talent. Fan Bingbing
hair + make up. Christopher Bu
nails. U3 Nail
production. Cory Couture Productions with FTL Moda
fashion assistant. Zhang Yu Ting
words. Sheri Chiu