Despite her youth, Chinese actor and style idol Fan Bingbing has been called “one of the world’s most successful actresses” by The Financial Times. “When I was 12 years old it was already my dream to become an actress. To experience other people’s joys and sorrows by playing their lives fascinates me,” she told the newspaper. Fan did indeed start early, having starred in the blockbuster dra-medy ‘Princess Pearl’ as a teenager, before starring in a string of box office hits and launching her own movie studio in 2007.
With her jet-black hair and doll-like features, Fan has also been widely admired by her fans and the fashion media for her red carpet and personal style, which wavers between avant garde and classically sweet and elegant. She has also been featured on the cover of i-D magazine, photographed by celebrated Chinese photographer Chen Man.
Raised in the coastal agricultural city of Yantai, Fan attended Shanghai Xie Jin Star’s School and the acclaimed Shanghai Theatre Academy. After minor television commercial roles, she landed the supporting role of Jin Suo in the blockbuster hit ‘Princess Pearl’ and its sequel, garnering her critical praise for her role. Since then, she has gone on to star in countless television dramas and feature films, earning the reputation of box office darling in her native China as well as from the Tokyo Film Festival.
In 2010, Fan splashed onto the scene at Cannes Film Festival in a ‘Dragon Robe’, co-designed by herself and Laurance Hsu. Subsequently, a duplicate was collected by the Victoria & Albert museum in London, and the original was sold to Madame Tussaud’s wax museums. She has won numerous awards for her personal style from Elle and Esquire, as well as Vanity Fair’s international best dressed list. In 2013, Louis Vuitton made a custom dress for her at Cannes, the first time the French brand had done so for an Asian actress.