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‘Angelababy’ Undergoes Medical Examination To Prove She Did Not Have Plastic Surgery

Popular actress and model ‘Angelababy’ underwent medical examination to prove that she has not had plastic surgery, leading to heated discussions on Chinese social media.

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Popular actress and model ‘Angelababy’ underwent medical examination to prove that she has not had plastic surgery, leading to heated discussions on Chinese social media.

Chinese popular actress and model Yang Ying, who is better known as ‘Angelababy’, has been publicly pressured by a plastic surgeon to undergo medical tests to prove that her beauty is natural and not from plastic surgery.

On October 15, Angelababy had numerous tests at the Chinese Academy of Medical Science, including X-rays. The surgeon examined her forehead, eyes, nose, as well as the inside of her mouth. The examination happened in front of her lawyer, two notaries and some reporters and photographers, leading the pictures to appear on Weibo.

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The pictures evoked heated debate amongst Weibo netizens. A similar issue became a much discussed topic when Chinese actress Fan Bingbing proved she did not have cosmetic surgery on her face.

The story behind Angelababy’s strange facial examination dates back to 2012, when Beijing beauty clinic Ruili accused her of cosmetically altering her face, saying that her plastic surgery failed and her chin was extremely unnatural.

Angelababy denied the accusation, and sued the clinic for RMB 500,000 (78,600 US$). Because the case has gone back and forth, a Beijing judge suggested to have her face examined by a medical professional to verify her case.

The surgeon reported that no cosmetic surgery had been performed on her face. There were no cut marks on her eyelids, nor around her eyes or mouth. None of her facial bones had any signs of incisions.

The announcement set off an instant firestorm of debate on social media, where the topic #angelababy undergoes a facial assessment# (#angelababy做面部鉴定#) rocketed up to the most discussed topic on Weibo, with Angelababy’s supporters and detractors going into fierce discussions.

One of her supporters, Weibo user Biling, said that the critics were just jealous of Angelababy’s beauty, and will always criticise her no matter what she does: “She did not have any cosmetic surgery. Appearance is bound to change from teenager to an adult. Everyone will look different.”

One criticizer, Miss Xiao Xiao, insists that Angelababy has undergone plastic surgery, and that she bribed the surgeons to say otherwise.

Even Angelababy’s husband, famous Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming, commented on social media, saying that his newlywed wife actually looks quite ugly without make up, and that he fully believed her beauty is natural.

– by Jennifer Tang

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About the author: Jennifer is a freelance writer, translator and teacher from Hong Kong.

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  1. FraudDector

    January 5, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I also don’t believe Angela Baby didn’t have surgery.I studied her vids with her in it before and after plastic surgery. This vid is before plastics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnZ-yUF_6Og&t=21s

    Look at her nose hole and the shape of her nose.Her nose is flatter on the base and the bridge. The shape of the eye are different then. She has no braces on and her face is not fat either. She doesn’t have an oval face as she does today. Today she has a smaller face and more of a chin. She had a botched chin/jaw surgery and chin implant and she quickly got it done.
    Her eyes are wider and longer as most asian women especially in south korea have from Plastic surgery.
    No on can mature to a complete different face. Those professional model photos which some idiots thought was her high school photos That is her model photos That is baby Her face is completely different between 17 and 18. She continue to get plastic and that is why her face keep changing and the plastic surgery also aged her. Look at her nose holes, see in the vid I provided for you it is round and her nose tip isn’t that of what you see today. Proof is overwhelming that she is plastic surgeons’ creation and yet she thinks the world is stupid to believe braces and maturity gave her a new face. she was age 17 in a profesional photo and you don’t change anymore at that stage My nose did not grow anymore after I was 12. I have a tall nose bridge but not a narrow tip like my 3 other siblings. I am chinese Angela can continue to deny but people know it is just bullshit………………. At first I thought maybe no true, but then I started to see it is ll plastic alternatiions…………….. She is 1/4 German. So what?? that is weak being only a quarter and her before photo show the world that her face was more asian than after plastic surgery. No one is born with all that refined features as we can see she done plastic surgery to get her current face .If she continue to do it more, then she will age even more.

    That doctor she hired and pay to do her examination??????? who paid for that if it isn’t her paying for it?? Famous Taiwanese plastic surgeon on oct 20 , 5 days after angela baby’s plastic surgeon tesified she didn’t have any plastics said her ala or alar wing had been tamed which mean she had platic surgery to make her nose more refined (narrow it). What a big fake she is. She cannot sing or act. She can use her fake face to do modeling.
    A lot of women in asia now have same kind of eyes, nose, and chin as miss angela baby yang.

    1. Nose bridge height changed.
    2 Nose alar wing refinement
    3 lips surgery
    4. eyelid surgery of more than one kind
    5 Chin
    There are speculation she had breast implant since she is so addicted to plastic surgery.
    but I think it can be possible that she is wearing fake silicon boob pads inside her push up bra to create that cleavage when u see her wearing long cut tops/dresses.

    I had brace before and it just fix my crooked teeth, it didn’t elongated my chin and give me a “V” shape chin… My brother and sister also had braces, it didn’t alter their looks in any way.
    Most people don’t believe that doctor saying Baby didn’t have surgery.
    Just keep looking at her different facial transformation…………………………..
    How she explain about that obvious fake chin (botched job) and she quickly got it fixed

    I hate to say it but I don’t find her being the best looking even after plastic surgery.
    Nowadays asia is filled with women having that type of wide set eyes, fake noses, fake chins, and face facial shape (due to facial bone surgery and implants). The upper eyelids got lifted to give her that wide eye look.

    Her face changed so many times…………… I have never met one person that matured to a completely different face.

  2. Claire

    July 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    I believe she didn’t have plastic surgery because Angelababy had braces which made a big change to her ,my friend had braces and she have a big change too ,the whole sculpture of her face changed and her lips were smaller.Angelababy also lost some weight while she was modelling so that might effected her.

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“What Is Peppa?” – Viral Ad Campaign for ‘Peppa Pig’ Movie Makes the British Pig More Chinese Than Ever

It’s the Chinese new year of Peppa Pig.

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A new ad campaign for the upcoming Peppa Pig movie features a grandfather living in rural China who goes on a quest to find out what Peppa is. The commercial is a huge success on Chinese social media, and strikes a chord with netizens for touching upon various societal and cultural issues. Peppa is more Chinese than ever now.

“What is Peppa?” That is the question that is currently going viral on Chinese social media, with the hashtag #WhatisPeppa (#啥是佩奇#) receiving a staggering 400 million times on social media platform Weibo at time of writing.

The reason for the trend is an ad campaign, titled ‘What’s Peppa’, promoting the Peppa Pig Celebrates Chinese New Year film, a production by Entertainment One and China’s Alibaba Pictures.

The promotional video (5:39 length, watch featured video), that came out via various online channels on January 17, focuses on a grandfather living in a remote rural village who is anticipating the Spring Festival reunion with his son and his family, who now live in a big city.

The grandfather, named Yu Bao, wants to know what gift to get for his little grandson. When calling his family on a bad connection through his old 2G mobile phone, the word “Peppa” is all he gets from his little grandson before his phone breaks down. But what’s Peppa?

Yu Bao then goes on a comical mission to find out what Peppa is: looking it up in the dictionary, asking his friends -who are just as oblivious as he is-, and asking the entire village.

At the local shop, it is suggested that ‘Peppa’ is some kind of shampoo.

Eventually, one of the female villagers, who used to be a nanny, knows what Peppa is. She tries to explain it to Yu Bao, who now even seems willing to paint his own pig pink for his grandson. She explains that it is a pink cartoon pig whose face looks somewhat like a traditional fire blower.

With some guidance, the grandfather then goes to work and creates a unique ‘Peppa Pig’ gift from a metal air-blower to surprise his grandson during Chinese New Year.

But much to his disappointment, he then receives a phone call from his son, who tells him they are not coming home for Chinese New Year – before the connection drops again.

As grandpa, sad and lonely, is walking by the side of the road, his son suddenly appears in his car, telling him that the connection dropped too soon; he was not just telling him the family was not coming for Chinese New Year, he was trying to tell him that they invited him to come to their home instead.

When the family is finally reunited, it is time for the proud grandfather to show the result of his difficult quest for Peppa to his grandson.

The grandpa’s mission is complete: he gives his grandson a one-of-a-kind Peppa Pig.

The commercial ends with the entire family enjoying the upcoming Peppa film in the cinema together. When a friend from the village calls the grandfather to let him know he finally found Peppa thanks to his new smartphone, Yu Bao says: “It’s okay, I found Peppa already!”

The last shot of the video shows Yu Bao’s friend, a sheepherder, standing with his new phone, while someone in the back plays the tune of the Peppa cartoon. The big slogan on the wall is partly based on a popular catchphrase from another Chinese ad, and says: “At the start of the New Year, don’t accept gifts; the whole family goes to the city to watch Peppa instead.”

 

What’s Peppa Pig?

 

Peppa Pig is a popular children’s cartoon that first aired as a British animated television series (produced by Astley Baker Davies) in May of 2004. It took more than eleven years before the show was officially launched in the PRC (CCTV/June 2015).

The Peppa Pig family, including George.

Since then, Peppa Pig has become one of the most popular programs for preschoolers in China. But not just preschoolers love the pig; it has also become highly popular among young adults, who wear Peppa t-shirts, Peppa watches, and are major consumers of China’s thriving Peppa industry.

In 2018, Chinese popular short video app Douyin (also known in English as Tik Tok) removed approximately 30,000 short videos relating to British cartoon Peppa Pig from its platform, as Peppa had turned into somewhat of a subversive symbol to a Chinese online youth subculture dubbed ‘shehuiren‘ (社会人) (read more here).

This news item led to some confusion in Western media, where it was often suggested that Peppa was completely banned in China. She is, in fact, not banned; she is now more popular than ever.

 

Peppa the Movie

 

Amid the huge success of Peppa in China, it was announced in the summer of 2018 that Chinese tech giant Alibaba was working together with Entertainment One on the release of a Peppa Pig movie especially for the Chinese market, as this year’s Chinese New Year is the start of the Year of the Pig.

The movie, titled ‘Peppa Pig Celebrates New Year’ (小猪佩奇过大年), is set for a nationwide release on February 5, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. This is the most popular time for big blockbusters to come out, as many people are free during Chinese New Year and have the time to go out to the cinema together with their families.

The movie itself revolves around Peppa and little brother George and their parents, who are having a reunion for the Spring Festival. It features various Chinese traditions, and of course, something unexpected will happen.

 

Why This Peppa Ad Campaign is So Brilliant 

 

The Peppa ad has really struck a chord on Chinese social media for various reasons. The video was directed by Beijing director Zhang Dapeng (张大鹏, 1984), who also directed the actual Peppa movie, and the campaign is also sponsored by China Mobile.

What this ad campaign does:

It mixes the love for Peppa with the warm feeling of Chinese family reunions during Chinese New Year.

It presents a nostalgic idea of the Chinese village community, where neighbors come together and look out for each other.

It touches upon the issue of China’s rapid urbanization, that has caused many villages to become deserted and isolated as younger generations have settled in the cities.

It highlights how China’s digitalization is leaving behind its elderly population (read more here).

It shows the strong grandparent–grandchild relationship; usually, Chinese grandparents play an active role in raising grandchildren, something that has been changing due to younger generations moving to the city.

In other words; the advertisement completely draws the figure of Peppa Pig into a Chinese socio-cultural context, where it symbolizes the strong connection between Chinese families amid China’s rapid urbanization and digitalization.

By now, the Peppa campaign is making its rounds from Weibo to WeChat and elsewhere on the Chinese internet, with some online sellers already offering a remake of the Peppa present for sale as a collector’s item. Bloomberg reports that Chinese stocks connected to Peppa Pig have surged after the clip went viral yesterday and today.

“I give this video 100 points!” some commenters on social media write, with others saying it has made them tear up. “This already is the best ad campaign of the year.”

Peppa was already a famous figure in China, but with this viral hit and the upcoming movie, the British pig really has become a part of China’s popular culture and media environment: it’s the Chinese new year of Peppa Pig.

 

By Manya Koetse and Miranda Barnes

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Living the Dream: Chinese Architect Designs Stunning Six-Story Communal Living Space

This architect from Guangzhou turned her dream of living together with friends in a creative workspace into reality. The building is a hit on Chinese social media.

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While living together with your best friends in one big house might be a dream of many people, this Chinese architect turned the idea into reality by transforming an old factory into a modern museum-like work- and living space. Through her work, the architect aims to change views on China’s urban living spaces.

Guangzhou architect “Michelle” (米歇尔 or Mi Xiao 米笑) and most of her friends work in creative industries. A few years ago, they found that their work and lifestyle required a more flexible and multi-purpose living space; a place where they could live and work together as a small community while also showcasing what they do.

In 2012, the six friends found a workshop in an old abandoned sugar factory, built in the 1950s, located in Guangzhou’s Panyu district. More than five years later, they had succeeded in transforming it into a modern six-story work- and living space.

news story and a video of the building are now attracting major attention on Chinese social media. On Weibo, the hashtag “Six Friends Transform a Building” (#6个好友改造一栋楼#) has been viewed more than 250 million times.

The communal living space, that has been named Boundless Community (无界社区), covers about 1500 square meter and has six completely separate rooms. Originally, the building was made up of only three stories, each with a ceiling height of six to nine meters high.

With the reconstruction of the building, the architect reportedly “wanted to break with the traditional urban types of dwellings,” where many people live behind locked doors in small spaces. Michelle intended to design the space as a small “village,” where people share their living space.

At the same time, the space also allows people to be creative and share their work with the outside world. All of these ideas resulted in a transparent “museum building.”

The building itself is almost like a museum by allowing people from outside to look into the various studios.

The popular architect is not the only one who is in favor of sharing a living space with her friends. A recent poll on Weibo shows that more than 90% of respondents would also like to live together with their friends; only 10% of the people prefer privacy over a communal living space with good friends.

 

“This is my dream!”, many commenters say, with others calling it “simply magical.”

To read more about changing attitudes on home and living in China, also check out this article by What’s on Weibo. 

By Gabi Verberg

Images via https://sjz.news.fang.com/open/31234746.html.

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