They’re no bimbos

 They’re no bimbos
China's rising star Chrissie Chau

CHINA - They have flawless skin, shapely legs and curvaceous bodies - the stuff men fantasise about.

But before you call them bimbos, these actresses would have you know that they are not just pretty faces and empty heads.

Meet three of China's rising stars in film and television, who are exhibit more than just sex appeal.

CHRISSIE CHAU

AGE: 28

HOW HER BIMBO IMAGE CAME ABOUT

She posed for lad mags FHM and GQ, released a life-size inflatable bikini-clad doll of herself, produced eye-popping pictorial books, and donned cleavage-baring outfits in films such as Men Suddenly In Love (2011), Beach Spike (2012). Her latest raunchy comedy Mr & Mrs Player (R21) opens here on Jan 16.

IN REALITY

Chau's unpretentious demeanour and business acumen have paved the way for her rise to the top echelons in Hong Kong's movie industry.

Eschewing high-brow material for mainstream slapstick fare that appeals to the masses, this self-confessed "huge Stephen Chow fan" gladly embraces the fact that her famed 32D chest size is what makes her the centre of attention.

In an interview with Chinese entertainment portal Tencent in February, she even dissects her sexuality, describing it as "consisting of several layers".

"Hearing audiences call me a sex symbol, I'm very thankful and happy. Sexuality is an element that will always exist in films, it's about how you express it," said the Hong Konger.

"I hope that my sexuality will evolve with time. My fans should be able to feel that I'm a different sexual creature at different phases of my career.

"Now, most people think I'm just outwardly sexy. In the future, hopefully, I'd be able to convey sexiness on a deeper, more subtle and emotional level."

Perhaps she is slowly getting there.

In Mr & Mrs Player, her character Chi-Ling is complex. A serial dater who enjoys sex with no strings attached, Chi-Ling finds herself drawn towards rotund, comical-looking Carson (Chapman To) over a rich, handsome suitor.

Away from the silver screen, Chau has unleashed her entrepreneurial side. Last year, she spent nearly 1 million yuan (S$200,000) to launch her lingerie line, ShowNa Collection, as part of a joint venture with La Miu, which is billed as China's Victoria's Secret.

According to news website Sina.com, the ShowNa Collection was so popular that it "sold out within a month" and Chau swiftly launched another collection, The Little Devil Series.

And she is not stopping there. Her daily life inspires her to keep designing. She told Sina.com: "I injured my arm a while ago and had a tough time hooking my bra (from the back). I thought, hey, why not a bra collection that has the hook in front? I've informed our factory to do up a few samples. If all goes well, it'll be my next product."

In February this year, Chau also released a new book, Montage, which differs from her past nosebleed-inducing pictorial books.

Montage carries the bachelorette's thoughts on her ups and down in her five-year career. She also touched on her failed romantic relationships.

At the book's launch, she reportedly told the Hong Kong press with a grin: "My saddest days are already over. Guys, please feel free to come and woo me."

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