She was seen seated with Kylie Minogue in the front row of the Christian Dior Haute Couture show in Paris last month. Now, she’s the cover girl of Glass, a British fashion-meet-style-meet-art magazine that strangely reminds me of Purple. Maggie looks as good as she has been these past years, post-Clean: the fine skin, little sparkly eyes, and the strong jaw, all belie the fact that she was once a gawky Miss Hong Kong runner-up whose first acting role was as Jackie Chan’s girlfriend May in the kung-fu-in-the-city caper Police Story.
I was not a big fan of Maggie Cheung. I did not find her to be as attractive as her contemporaries such as Joey Wong and Carina Lau, nor as compelling an actress as Brigitte Lin or Anita Mui. But I am drawn to this cover pic for its quiet, careful composition. While she wears a laced Dolce & Gabbana dress, she does not look like a Sicilian widow. If there’s a grouse to make, it’s her coming across Ruan-Ling-Yu-ish: tortured and reserved, and all the while ravishing. The photograph itself, while clearly modern, has the old-world, dreamy, and almost painterly style characteristic of Wong Kar Wai’s films such as In the Mood for Love. I just wish Miss Cheung can be more than the cheong sum-clad secretary So Lai Chan.