Christy Yow: from an SIA-reject to an FHM model to a new Rose Chan?

Well...we all know sex sells. So good for Christy Yow really to finally have a chance to take on the roleof the infamous Rose Chan. Rose Chan, according to Wikipedia, was a cabaret dancer turned "Queen of Striptease" who has become something of a legend in--yes, you read it right--Malaysia.

Busty Malaysian actress Christy Yow is set to earn her wings for her acting talent rather than her physical assets when she takes on the role of Rose Chan in her new movie.

Yow is well known for her pair of 36C breasts and has even been nicknamed Malaysian Giant Breast.

That will soon change when she plays the role of "The Queen of Striptease" Rose Chan in her new movie.

The 22-year-old lass from Ipoh, Perak beat several hundred candidates for the role in the movie Mei Gui Xiang (The Charming Rose).

Yow is currently acting in Singapore Chinese drama.

Singapore's Lianhe Wanbao reported that Yow's manager had confirmed the news of her role in the movie by French producers.

He said Yow had been going to the nightclubs to learn from the mama san (a woman who leads the GROs) and to find out the real life of women in the night entertainment industry.

"The world of Rose Chan was very complicated.

"Yow must work hard for the role," said the manager.

Yow was overwhelmed by the news on Thursday and told her parents about it.

She said her mother did not object, but was worried if she could do it carry the part. Her father did not say anything.

He asked if Yow had to strip in the movie and remained silent after she answered "Hmm...".

The director and producers of the movie searched for two years before they agreed on Yow.

Mei Xiang Xiang is expected to start filming in Shanghai, China next year.

The movie tells the story of the legendary striptease Rose Chan (1925-1987).

Rose Chan was a cabaret dancer turned striptease. She was known for her daring performances on stage such as her famous python-wrestling act and having motorcycles ride over her.

She also performed unusual stunts that required her to use her "lower body" strength and flexibility.

These popular performances have since been adopted by the "tiger show" performers in Thailand.

Rose Chan had performed in Germany, France, Britain, Australia, Indonesia and others.

She died of breast cancer at her home in Butterworth, Penang in 1987.

From Asiaone, "Busty Malaysian actress to play Queen of Striptease".

If life is a series of lucky strikes, then 23-year-old Christy Yow Wei Min should thank her lucky stars for her fast-track route into the world of showbiz.

While many of her peers are still deciding what to do after receiving their undergraduate degrees, Yow already has her work and career path cut out for her as South-East Asia’s newest sex symbol.

Her Cinderella moment has been well-documented by the frenzied Singapore press, who can’t seem to get enough of her fresh-faced looks that can be easily transformed into a sultry goddess in front of the lens.

The girl from Ipoh initially left her hometown to work as an air stewardess for Singapore Airlines but didn’t make it past the first round of interviews.

“I was asked to introduce myself. I just said that I am a model and I would like to fly for SIA. Maybe I wasn’t too outspoken, that’s why I failed the first round of interviews,” she says upon reflection in another interview.

But fate had other plans for her. Yow caught the attention of Crocodile International’s former head of corporate communications, Terence Ang.

They first met in 2005; even back then, he believed that she would one day make it big in the world of entertainment.

“She was still schooling then. But she appeared versatile to me. She has interesting, good looks and can be groomed to be a model. With make-up, she can be transformed,” says Ang in a recent interview.

And so Yow was plucked from obscurity and a mundane life attending classes at Tunku Abdul Rahman College for her broadcasting diploma.

Soon after graduating, Yow threw herself into modelling as Crocodile’s official spokesman in Malaysia and Taiwan, fronting ad campaigns shot in London and Ho Chi Minh City – for the brand’s womenswear range – where she gained modelling experience in front of the camera.

But she really caught the attention of Singapore when her bikini-clad figure appeared on the sold-out December 2008 cover of FHM magazine in the Lion City.

The pictures were shot in Bali; it was only upon her arrival that she discovered that she was required to wear a bikini for the photographs.

Ever the trooper, Yow agreed to complete the shoot. When the magazine was published, the Chinese press labelled her “the busty 36C lady from Malaysia”. Yow unwittingly became the new pin-up girl for the island nation.

After the FHM buzz, acting and modelling offers started pouring in.

Ang, now her manager, recalled that “directors were calling up almost every day with scripts”.

So far, her screen time has been limited to either singing on film soundtracks (for the Fann Wong/Christopher Lee rom-com vehicle, The Wedding Game) or participating in Hong Kong game shows such as Eric Tsang’s Super Trio Supreme.

Now, with one movie already completed and another just confirmed recently, it’s quite amazing that she even managed to squeeze in a 10-day acting workshop in Taipei recently.

The movie in question is Aunties United, a movie spin-off from MediaCorp Channel 8’s Aunty Lucy character played by Y.E.S. 93.3FM DJ Dennis Chew, in the Paris and Milan variety show.

The movie revolves around Aunty Lucy’s attempts to play basketball but that is beside the point; Yow plays Aunty Lucy’s daughter, Enqi, a demure girl-next-door type who transforms into a sex bomb towards the end of the movie.

Surprisingly, being sexy on film proved to be more of a stumbling block for the budding actress.

In a recent interview, she said she recalled a scene that required her to walk slowly towards the camera, looking sexy.

“I had to pose, sway a little and look sexy. I didn’t think it would be difficult and everyone thought I would be able to complete it in just one take. But it felt weird when I did it. It wasn’t natural. I thought it could be because it was my first time acting,” Yow says.

The scene was finally approved by the director after the crew was asked to leave the hall they were filming in.

Yow’s performance has been hailed as promising in reviews.

The bigger surprise to critics was the ability of Yow to show a side of her completely removed from the ice queen, sex bomb image that propelled her to fame.

For the record, her recent weight loss means that the 36C tag is no longer applicable; the tabloids suggest that it is a more modest 34C now.

Yow geared up for the role with a whirlwind photoshoot in Paris for the media. During Paris Fashion Week, Yow was in the safe hands of her Singapore crew as the silver Volkswagen people-mover that we were travelling in functioned as hair and make-up station plus changing room.

While Yow appeared casual off-duty, she took her work seriously; there was a heightened sense of anticipation from the crew every time she emerged from the van.

Perfect fit

Two weeks after the photoshoot in Paris, the Singapore press announced that Christy had landed the lead role in Singaporean director Eric Khoo’s biopic of Rose Chan, called The Charming Rose (Mei Gui Xiang) in an epic casting call that took more than a year and 200 auditions with part-time actresses and assorted models.

Why did it take so long to find the right person?

“She should have the sultry lips of Shu Qi, the voluptuous figure of Fiona Xie, the height of Beatrice Chia, and the poise and complexion of Gong Li.

Hopefully, she can also act like Maggie Cheung and tell jokes like Irene Ang,” the director stated nonchalantly.

And one other tiny matter.

“It is hard to get local female artistes to strip,” producer Gary Goh admitted. On top of all that, she should also be in her 20s, be able to speak Mandarin and Cantonese, and be comfortable around snakes.

A tall order indeed.

The Singapore press is already making a big fuss over the fact that two scenes will require her to bare her assets – a full frontal nude scene and a rape scene.

But above all, said Khoo, “the female lead must bring out these different sides of Rose, a strong character. She’s almost a feminist in those days yet she also had her emotional moments.”

To prepare for the role, Yow has been visiting the nightclubs to learn from the mama-san how the GROs ply their trade.

In addition to this, Yow will also have to play an age range of between 17 and 35 years old as Rose Chan.

Rose Chan was a legend in 1950s Malaya, combining cabaret routines with striptease and daring circus stunts, including wrestling pythons and having motorcycles ride over her body.

She even made it to Australia, Germany and France with her act. At the height of her fame, she was rich enough to drive a Rolls-Royce, and had five husbands.

But the high-profile sex symbol lived out her twilight years alone, eventually succumbing to throat, lung and breast cancer at the age of 62. Her two adopted daughters did not attend her funeral.

“Sometimes I worry that things are moving too fast for Christy,” says Ang. “There is a need to manage what kind of scripts she’s getting and how her career is evolving.”

Given that she’s about to take on what could possibly be the defining role of her career, it may be a wise move to sit down and take stock of events.

But for now, Yow is one girl that’s coming up all roses.

From Diva, "Fast track to fame for Christy Yow".

Christy Yow, nicknamed Malaysian Giant Breasts, has been offered S$50,000 to strip at a charity show.

The person who made the offer said the money would go towards rescuing stray cats and dogs.

The charity event is suuposed to be held at a cinema in Singapore on Saturday with all gains to be channelled to the Animal Lovers League.

Last Saturday, Yow received an anonymous e-mail from someone who claimed to be her fan.

The republic's Lianhe Zaobao reported that in the e-mail, the sender had promised to donate S$50,000 if Yow strips at the charity show.

"Since she has to strip for the movie sooner or later, if she is willing to do it that day, I will donate S$50,000," the sender wrote.

The 22-year-old Yow, who hails from Ipoh, is currently pursuing her acting career in the republic.

Although Yow is more famous for her pair of 36C breasts, she has now been given the chance to prove her acting skills.

She was chosen to play the role of Rose Chan, "The Queen of Striptease" in the new movie Mei Gui Xiang (The Charming Rose).

Asked to comment on the request, Yow said she was humiliated.

"The sender should not have made the request. This is humiliating me. You should not ask for returns when it comes to charity," she said.

She, however, said if the sender had the courage to go for the show, she would strip.

"I can only show my back," she added.

On the other hand, Yow had made a counter-offer to the e-mail sender.

"If the person donates this sum of money, I will discuss with the director of Mei Gui Xiang to let him view our shooting," she said.

The movie is expected to begin shooting by next year.

From Asiaone, "Christy's $50,000 strip offer".


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