Sunday, July 23, 2006
[The Sun 23/07/06]
Tavia Yeung wore a backless dress to a beauty event yesterday as an opening guest and she smiles that next time, she wants to be their spokesperson. "This time I am just a guest for the opening, but next time I hope to be a spokesperson because I feel a little fat on my thighs and would like to reduce my hips to 33 ins. I can't lose from the parts that need to be bigger!" Tavia laughs that she misses her fake breasts: "Since wearing the costume for 'Casino Crisis', I have found myself to be very greedy and I can't go back, so I really miss being busty! I would like to have a bit more, but I will only use clothing to enhance my figure to make it look healthier and natural and I don't want to go for surgery."
[The Sun 23/07/06]
TVB have always been very protective of their actors and actresses, rarely allowing them out to give sexy performances and to avoid upsetting the company, the women have always been very conservative, avoiding swimwear and bikinis. However, the situation seems to have changed somewhat this year, as leading artistes such as Sonija Kwok and Shirley Yeung have showed off their great figures in bikinis for advertising jobs in a bid to make money and with the additional revenue, TVB seems to be making allowances for both parties to earn some extra cash!
In the past, for TVB's artistes to appear in swimwear was very rare and difficult , because TVB have always taken a rather reserved approach to avoid affecting their stars' images. To avoid female artistes being taken advantage of, there were layers of bureacracy that had to be overcome and the girls had to wear tape and avoid compromising poses when they eventually got to the shoot. However, the recent changes to the policy thanks to the new leader Virginia Lok, the artistes no longer have to be wrapped up and the company has even sought some swimwear and slimming advertising work for their artistes to try and find another source of revenue for their salaried artistes.
In response to this change, many of the stars on TVB's books are united in their approval and feel that as well as making money for the company, they will also make more money for themselves, so this is a winner for everyone.
The speed at which Linda has been moving up the ranks in recent years has been astounding and earlier, she wore some sexy lingerie on the catwalk and in response to the company taking on this work for her, she is very welcoming: "It is good of the company to open up because it allows us more avenues to make money as long as the outcome is beautiful and healthy. The shows that the company arranges for me are not too revealing, just a little sexy, so I don't mind."
Also hailing from Miss Chinese International, Vivien does not mind doing swimwear shows and she feels that the changes to company policy is a good thing for artistes: "I don't mind the company arranging swimwear shows for me as long as it is pretty and healthy. As well as making money for the company, I will earn more too and the company chooses the jobs carefully and rejects any that are too outrageous. With the policy opening up and gaining more of these shows, then I will gain more experience and this is a good thing."
After winning Miss Hong Kong, Sonija has always been very careful with her body and apart from the Anniversary show, she rarely appears in sexy clothing. However in recent months, TVB has arranged a string of swimwear and slimming ads for her to show off her devilish figure and challenge the limits of her sensuality.
TVB arranged two swimwear ads recently for Shirley, where she had to walk the catwalk in a bikini. For the usually wrapped up Shirley, this attracted much gossip, but she does not mind: "Wearing a swimsuit in the summer is nothing unusual, as long as it is a healthy look, then being a little sexy is acceptable. The company has not just arranged for me to take part in swimwear shows, I have taken part in many other fashion shows and these definitely make money for the company."
Hailing from Miss Chinese International, Fala has been wearing swimwear for her new series, showing off her great figure and she says: "I am okay with wearing bikinis and it is fine if I can make money from it. The company has a keen eye on things and they still choose very conservative swimsuits. If the script requires it, then I will wear a swimsuit, so wearing it in a show is no problem."
Bosco bared his body for a male slimming advertisement earlier and he supports the new policy totally: "Showing your body off for an advertisement is a good thing as long as the results are healthy. I am not revealing myself intentionally and it makes me more money."
Usually displaying a suave and reserved image, Kevin suddenly showed off his body earlier and became a muscle clad man, showing off his six pack for an ad campaign and revealing his eligibility to be the latest lady killer.
In "The Dance of Passion", Kenny's 42 inch chest was on constant display and this has elevated him to the status of housewife killer and TVB have capitalised on this, not only picking up topless ads, but also pulling carts in public! He says: "It's nothing really. The company did not mention anything specifically about showing flesh or not showing it, but you can't wear clothes for a swimwear advert! If the market is there and the image is a healthy one, then it is okay."
In order to push up ratings, it would seem that TVB is also asking for some bolder performances and pushing the boundaries of decency in its series. The earliest example of this was Raymond Lam and Ron Ng in "Twin of Brothers", where their bare backsides attracted much criticism from viewers who felt this was unsuitable for their children.
[The Sun 23/07/06]
Ron Ng and Kate Tsui took part in a TVB Children's Festival event and Kate revealed that she would be cutting her hair short in preparation for filming "Cadets on the Beat" and she is quite nervous: "I have not had short hair for over ten years now and I am a little reluctant to do it for the series. (Are you afraid of losing fans?) No, they will still support me and maybe I will have more fans. I will do it for the sake of the series." As for working with Ron again, Kate laughs she is not afraid of rumours: "In the series, he will be paired with Joey Yung. (Escaped lightly?) Yes. You can't say that though, Ron is a good colleague of mine." As for Ron, he says he does not mind the reports and he does not read gossip magazines. The most important thing is working well with the others."
[Ta Kung Pao 23/07/06]
Sunny Chan, Melissa Ng, Carlo Ng, Rain Lau and Leanne Li joined guest host Lydia Shum for the filming of the latest episode of quiz show "15/16" and the show's producer had arranged a seat at the question podium especially for Lydia.
Asked if Lydia's inability to stand for long periods was because of her weight, so the producer had arranged for this seat, Lydia just smiled and said: "The producer cares for me!" Afterwards, she explained the real reason for this: "I fell once and fractured the bottom of my spine and although I had an operation, I cannot stand for long periods of time and it is very painful when I have done a lot of walking. You see me being pushed in a wheelchair when I come out from the airport, this is because the airport is too big nowadays and it is not that I cannot walk, just that it makes me very uncomfortable and I have cold flushes, so there is no point." Asked if she was aware of the rules of the game, Lydia laughed: "I just know that the most important thing is for everyone to be happy and to give out the prize money! Haha!"
Sunny and Melissa were arranged to appear against each other in the competition and at first, they worked together not to betray each other in the hope of pushing up the pot before truly competing. Asked how her luck was in this, Melissa frowned and said: "I have never had much luck in this area, I never win lucky draws."
[The Sun 23/07/06]
The 16 Miss Hong Kong contestants arrived at Zhongshan to compete for the "Tourism Ambassador Award" as well as film on location. After arriving at the hotel, a welcoming ceremony was arranged before they headed out to the former home of Chinese Nationalist Leader Dr Sun Yat-Sen in a packed schedule. The girls were well received by the local residents, who commented on their beuaty and many parents pushed their children out to be photographed with them. One lady handed her child over to Number 14 Wendy Lee Wing Chi, leaving her a little bewildered.
The contestants felt that the locals were very friendly amd welcoming and they also loved the beautiful food, however the weather was very hot and it was hard work for the girls during filming. Most of the contestants were not very clued up on who Dr Sun was, due to many of them having grown up abroad. For Number 1 Amy Tsang Oi Mei, who claims to originate from Zhongshan, this was her first ever trip back to her 'ancestral village' and she felt good about it. As she studied at Qinghua University before, she knows who Dr Sun is, but she does not know very much about him. For Wendy who grew up in New York, she is only aware of Chairman Mao Zedong as a Chinese leader, so it would seem that the contestants are in need of a lesson in Chinese history.
Number 11 Zurine Cheng Wing Sum has Mongolian roots, but she does not even know about the Mongolian Hero Genghis Khan and she says that her family tree records have been lost, so she does not know if she is descended from Genghis. She also reveals that after a car accident in 2003, she has delayed her education, so she has not completed university yet and has only finished her second year.
For gossip magnet Number 8 Suki Chui Suk Man, she made a wish earlier in Korea that she will get married and asked if she was desperate, she said: "I have heard that if you have a baby before you are 24, the child will be more intelligent. (Has your boyfriend proposed?) I won't say yet, I have to keep the mystery." Asked if her 41 year old boyfriend is desperate to marry, she smiles that even if her boyfriend wants it, she has to be ready too, because she is just 21. However, she added that she is mature enough for marriage now, contradicting herself somewhat.
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