Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi (Mandarin pronunciation: [ʈ͡ʂɑ́ŋ t͜sɨ̀ǐ]) (born 9 February 1979) is a Chinese actress. She is considered one of the Four Dan Actresses of China.

Her first major role was in The Road Home (1999). She achieved fame for her role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), winning the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Female and earned her a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

She then starred in Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, 2046 (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), earning critical acclaim and receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

Zhang was born and raised in Beijing, China. Her parents are Zhang Yuanxiao, an accountant and later economist, and Li Zhousheng, a kindergarten teacher. She is very close to her older brother, Zhang Zinan (Chinese: 章子男; pinyin: Zhāng Zǐnán; born 1973). Zhang began studying dance when she was 8 years old; subsequently, she joined the Beijing Dance Academy at her parents' suggestion at the age of 11. While at this boarding school, she noticed how mean the other girls were to each other while competing for status amongst the teachers. Zhang disliked the attitudes of her peers and teachers so much that, on one occasion, she ran away from the school. At the age of 15, Zhang won the national youth dance championship and began appearing in television commercials in Hong Kong.

In 1996, Zhang entered China's prestigious Central Academy of Drama at the age of 17.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Rosie Huntington Whiteley Wearing Super Tight Workout Pants Leaving the Gym West Hollywood

Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley (born 18 April 1987) is an English model and actress. She is best known for her work for lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret and for being one of their brand "Angels" and has also worked for Burberry being the face for their 2011 brand fragrance "Burberry Body", and for M&S.

Moving into acting, she became known for her supporting role as Carly Spencer in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third installment in the Transformers film series, and for co-starring in Mad Max

Huntington-Whiteley was born in Plymouth, Devon, the daughter of Fiona née Jackson, a fitness instructor, and Charles a chartered surveyor. and grew up on a farm near Tavistock, Devon. Educated at Tavistock College, she later revealed that she was bullied and teased at school for having a double-barrelled name, small breasts and full lips.

Her paternal great-grandfather, Wing-Commander Eric Huntington-Whiteley JP, was from an aristocratic family, being the younger son of politician Sir Herbert Huntington-Whiteley, 1st Baronet; Eric's wife, Rosie's great-grandmother, Enid Kohn, was from a family of Polish Jews who emigrated to England in the 1870s. Rosie's paternal grandmother, Gillian, also from a Jewish family, was the daughter of Jacob Franks, a prominent surgeon in Sussex.

Lily Stewart

Lily Stewart by Yelena Yemchuk for Vogue China April 2016

Kenza Fourati

Fourati was born in Lille, France, but moved to Tunisia with her family when she was two months old. Her father is Ali Fourati.She attended a French high school there and began modeling after graduation. Shortly thereafter, Fourati moved to Paris. Fourati graduated with degrees in Literature and Fine Arts from L'Universite de la Sorbonne in Paris. She also studied filmmaking and acting in London.
In 2002, Fourati finished in third place in the Elite Model Look competition at the age of 15 and signed with Elite Model Management. She has appeared in numerous international magazines, such as Vogue Paris, Elle, Marie Claire, L'officiel Voyage, Grazia, and GQ, and has walked the runway for Armani, Valentino, Ferre, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Celine, and Tommy Hilfiger. Fourati appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011. In an interview with Global Grind, Fourati said, “I grew up in a Muslim culture, but I can still be a swimsuit model too! Why should the two be exclusive? It is not…I am very supported back home.”

Post-revolution, Fourati has been an advocate for artistic expression in Tunisia: “We are at a point now in Tunisia where we are free. We should be able to portray art like this if we want to, as the extremists are allowed to express themselves, too. That is a debate that we want to create, but it must be a peaceful one.” As the first Arab Muslim model to be featured in the magazine, she raised debates in Tunisian society and abroad about what it means to be Muslim and about variety within the religion. In August 2011, during the 2011 month of Ramadhan, Fourati appeared in a bikini on the cover of Tunivisions, which created controversy.[citation needed]

In 2005, she appeared in the film Frankie alongside Diane Kruger. In October 2010, with Tunisian actor Dhaffer L'Abidine, Fourati co-hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Carthage Film Festival.