The ugly truth about beauty

The ugly truth about beauty
The Truth About Beauty
The Truth About Beauty starring Bai Baihe (left) is about an average-looking girl (Bai) who looks to plastic surgery after she is overlooked in the competitive job market in China.

In the real world, good-looking people often edge out those with less attractive features, says director Aubrey Lam Hong Kong film-maker Aubrey Lam does not mind celebrities undergoing plastic surgery, so long as it does not get in the way of their work.

The soft-spoken but refreshingly straightforward director tells Life! over the telephone in Mandarin: "I'm neutral about the issue, so it's okay if they want to do it. But if they want to do something like inject Botox on their face, can they do it while on their break, when they're not filming?

"It's very hard to work with people who inject Botox because their faces can no longer emote."

She says she has come across such cases in the past and that the only way to deal with them is to change her camera angles.

"If they just injected Botox, then I will shoot only their side profile for that week. Then in the following week when they haven't had fresh Botox done, I can properly shoot their actual face from the front," she says with a laugh.

She adds that she can tell if stars have undergone plastic surgery as soon as she looks at them. "I've been in the industry for so many years, so I can tell if something's different about them.

"More and more actresses, especially in Hong Kong, are having plastic surgery. It's a little sad because I think they used to look pretty enough without it. Sometimes, plastic surgery makes them look worse."

However, her newest leading lady Bai Baihe, who stars in her comedy The Truth About Beauty, does not have such problems. The director says: "Bai Baihe is a very natural, fresh beauty, which is what we were looking for. She hasn't had any work done."

Questions about plastic surgery and physical enhancements are very apt for the film-maker, given that her latest film is all about this very subject.

The Truth About Beauty, which opens in cinemas tomorrow, is about an average-looking girl (Bai) who looks to plastic surgery after she is overlooked in the competitive job market in China.

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