Heart Evangelista And Fieping Chang Named The 'Real Crazy Rich Asians'
Author Kevin Kwan named Filipino actor Heart Evangelista a crazy rich Asian along with three very special ladies. Read on to know who made the cut.
When author Kevin Kwan was writing Crazy Rich Asians, he wasn't just creating fictional storylines and characters. He was in fact, representing a small part of the crazy rich Asians. They IRL spend "millions of dollars a year on the finest things in life."
They travel in their own private jets, attend fashion shows across the world, dress in the finest of clothes, have a sizeable social media following and are often considered the most influential voices in the fashion industry. Safe to say that these crazy rich Asians can give the ones in Kwan's book a run for their money (sorry!).
To give us all a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle, Kwan travelled to Paris to meet a few Asian fashion icons and documented his meetings for Harper's Bazaar.
From Hong Kong-based fashion and lifestyle blogger Feiping Chang, to Philippines' beloved actor Heart Evangelista, and to Malaysian-Chinese Rachel and Michelle Yeoh, Kwan spoke to the crème de la crème of fashion influencers. And called them the real crazy rich Asians.
He found that it wasn't just the clothes or their insatiable desire to spend millions of dollars on the "finer things in life" that puts them in the big leagues. It's also their understanding of fashion that binds all of them together.
The Real-life Crazy Rich Asians
Scroll down to see what makes these gorgeous ladies the very definition of crazy rich Asians.
1. Heart Evangelista
Most Filipinos know Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco-Escudero, as Heart Evangelista, the actor. But the gorgeous 33-year-old is also a true-to-life crazy rich Asian. Often touted as the Filipino darling of fashion houses across the globe, Kwan describes Evangelista as the modern-day Audrey Hepburn.
"Heart hails from a Filipino-Chinese clan that founded the Barrio Fiesta food empire and is married to Francis Joseph “Chiz” Guevara Escudero, a member of the Philippine Senate who was a leading candidate for vice president two years ago. But her illustrious social standing isn’t the only reason the photographers were clicking away: Heart also happens to be one of the most popular actresses in the Philippines," he writes about her in Bazaar.
Kwan also adds that she is so popular in the West that when they got together to shoot for the glossy people assumed that she may be in the movie.
"Images of her went viral before the fashion show was even over, with her fans furiously speculating about why she was in Paris and whether she might be in the Crazy Rich Asians film," he wrote.
2. Fieping Chang
When Hong-Kong based blogger Fieping Chang broke into the fashion scene, she showed everybody that she didn't come to play. Chang comes with a fair knowledge of global fashion having been raised in Sydney, Australia and Singapore, and now residing in Hong Kong.
In her Bazaar interview with Kwan, she tells the author that her fashion inspirations come from her grandmother— who only wore Chanel and Escada. Chang says her interest in fashion developed by emulating her grandmother and trying to look as immaculate as she did.
Married to investment banker Lincoln Li, Chang routinely posts images of herself wearing couture gowns. In fact, for her wedding she wore two Giambattista Valli gowns.
While talking about the gowns, she told Vogue that “Giamba really went above and beyond and created a spectacular masterpiece. I felt like I was wrapped in a cloud pulled right from the sky.”
3. Rachel and Michelle Yeoh
In his interview, Kwan also interviewed Rachel and Michelle Yeoh, the fraternal twins and descendants of a distinguished Malaysian-Chinese family.
In his interview for Bazaar, Kwan writes that the two were born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, but were soon sent to a boarding school in the UK. He adds that in 2015, they became the first Malaysians to debut at the Queen Charlotte’s Ball at Kensington Palace.
"Last year, the twins also made their fashion debut, commanding the catwalk in Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2017 show in Milan alongside the offspring of stars like Daniel Day-Lewis, Christie Brinkley, and Jude Law," he writes.
The two are often seen modelling the best haute couture pieces online, and gracefully so, if we may add. This is perhaps because they started going to fashion shows with their mother when they were just 11. Add to that their sizeable social media following, particularly on Instagram that makes them bonafide voices in the fashion industry. (While Rachel has 15.1k followers, Michelle has 16.5k followers.)
As Kwan continued to dig deeper in his understanding of the crazy rich Asians, he realised just like we did that there was truly something to couture. And, the crazy rich Asians' love for it.
"The generations of women who have worn couture—whether they’re from America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia—have all experienced a universal connection when they put on a piece of couture and are enveloped in its artistry. The dress transforms them, imbues them with an indescribable power, and becomes an all-consuming love affair," Kwan shared.
And we couldn't agree more.
Source: Harper's Bazaar