Cover Girl: Kitty Zhang Yuqi for ELLE China

Posted on April 11, 2012

We often hear complaining that magazines utilize actresses (especially for the covers) way more than they do models. It’s a valid complaint but we’ve been told by people in the industry that an actress on a fashion mag cover will guarantee as much as 25% more in sales. But there’s a less prosaic reason for featuring them: sometimes, a fierce-as-shit actress can make a dress work in a way a supermodel simply  can’t manage. Case in point:

Chinese actress Yu Qi Zhang covers the May 2012 issue of ELLE China.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Collection


Kate, go sit down. Kitty Zhang’s got this one.

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    • SapphoPoet

      Pretty dress. But her arms, particularly her right one, just look so odd. Something about the proportion and placement just doesn’t look right.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        had to go back for a re-look, you’re right, very odd, almost like her arm/wrist is on backward…or they have photoshopped her wrists/hands into some unnatural proportions, whatever it is, its very strange indeed.

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        • kimmeister

          I don’t think it’s photoshop; we Asian women often have weird arm!  My elbows totally hyperextend, for example.

        • Debbie Hazeleger

          really? Because I find I can replicate it quite easily on myself. It does make for a visually intriguing postion though

        • Celandine1

           It’s an odd pose, not the way people normally would pose but not necessarily photoshopped.

          • schadenfreudelicious

            agreed, it likely is not photoshopped, just an unusual pose that looks odder the longer you stare at it. 

      • Pannyx

        I’m not so sure. That seems like a standard “broken doll” model pose to me.

      • YayaGurl

        I felt the same way about the proportion but to me it was her lower half. Something about the pose and the length of her legs seems off but as I look at it more she kinda looks like a glorious couture water bird.

      • Aniela Marie Perry

        Pretty sure it’s just that ridiculous, backwards arm pose that’s everywhere these days.

    • crash1212

      A. That’s a really awkward picture of an in-motion Kate. B. The skirt on Kate’s version seems to be bowed out in a really strange way. C. Kate’s doesn’t seem to fit her at all. D. Nobody outdoes Kate…ever. Also, I love both of these dresses, the collar treatment on non-model close-up is really beautiful.

      • Pannyx

        I had the same thought as your first point. Mostly that it seems to me that the picture caught Kate at the moment she was getting off the carousel and was not too flattering. I’m not sure it is fair to compare a picture of a model taken on the runway and a model in a photo shoot. (Edit: which is not to say that Kitty isn’t rocking the shit out of that dress, just that if you had a photo shoot of Kate in that dress it would be so much better than the runway shot.)

      • littlemac8

        I think the reason for the awkward pose on Kitty is to rein in that bell skirt and give her a Scarlett O’Hara waistline.

    • Judy_J

      It doesn’t even look like the same dress.  Kitty owns it.

    • JasmineAM

      That picture of Ms. Moss (?) makes her look 12 months pregnant.

      • DinaSews

        And higher than a kite.

        • Celandine1

          I thought both as well! But then it looks like a shot that caught her in an awkward transition moment. One wonders why it was even published, there had to have been better shots!

    • howdoilook

      I am so sick of that LV line. Overdone by every magazine know to earth. 

      And Kate looks high as hell. 

      • Rand Ortega

         Absolutely sloshed!

      • Ginger

        When does she not look totally baked?  Tragic, really.

    • guest2visits

      Agree. The dress also seems to be a better length on Yu Qi Zhang, and less like an open umbrella.

    • Me Again

      That dress is like a cute summer cocktail dress that a muppet threw up on.  But somehow Yu Qi makes it look fabulous.

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    • Ms_Flyover

      It’s possible that it’s because actresses are allowed to exhibit personality and not just be walking clothes hangers.

      • Charlotte Horseman

        Yes!!!  I think you are exactly right!  I wonder how much more I would love some of the looks if I saw how happy/fierce/powerful/sexy/confident it made the girl who was wearing it!! 

    • hughman

      Never really thought I’d say this, but what a HORRIBLE picture of Kate Moss. Yikes! 

      • guest2visits

        Maybe some one could explain it; but I never understood the fascination and hype over Kate Moss.

        • TheDivineMissAnn

          Amen to that!  I never thought she was particularly beautiful or striking either.  Always wonder what the allure is with her.

    • norseofcourse

      Love how the earrings echo the shape of the cut-outs in the dress fabric.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      That’s a hilariously unflattering picture of Miss Thing.  Still, well done Yu Qi Zhang – she’s the first person I’ve seen really make that dress work.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      She is the fiercest chicklet in the palace! Seriously though, she’s definitely werqing it, but the dress is pretty ridiculous, with or without Kate Moss in it.

    • Ted

      Kate Moss looks like she will pass out at any second on that runway. 

    • MilaXX

      Gosh Kate looks positively dead in the eyes. Zhang’s is werq’ing this.

    • Sara__B

      I assume this is our pretty — no, gorgeous — for the day. Amazing how Yu Qi Zhang makes pieces from that over-photographed Vuitton eyelet collection look fresh.

    • Ginger

      My goodness, Kitty is seriously one stunning woman. 

      ETA: After looking at the pictures again, Kitty is wearing a different dress altogether in the close-up photo. Also, the dress only works on her because she’s cinching it in at her waist with her hands. However, all of that still doesn’t detract from what a stunningly beautiful woman she is.

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    • Anathema_Device

      She is incredibly beautiful. I barely even noticed the dress.

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    • janinedm

      Well, it helps that Kitty Zhang didn’t just wake up.

    • joe_tey83

      What a very unfortunate photo of Kate.

      And, Zhang Yuqi’s really not a fierce as shit actress.

    • gabyripple

      How do I do my hair like that? My puffed out french braids never look so elegant.
      I think I may need to invest in some hair spray…

      • sweetestsith

         I would also like to know… I would wear my hair like that every day, I love it!

    • giiiirrrr

      That cover is sooooooooooo beautiful.  I love everything about it.

    • Sara Munoz

      OMG. I bet you’ve been sitting on that picture of Kate Moss, just waiting for someone else to wear the dress so you could shame Ms. Kate.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      well, at least she knew what to do w/ her hands. that travesty needed to be pulled in.
      to be fair to KM, she probably wasnt allowed to force in the idiot bubble on the runway. her job was to allow its shape to arrive at the audience, & the photographers, in full overextended & pregnant bell flower.

    • marilyn

      Gorgeous on her, terrible on the runway model

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Kitty’s definitely working this number way better than Kate was.

    • Michael Telles

      This has been one of those dresses that have been featured a lot in editorials, and honestly, it has never looked better than on Kitty Zhang. She is working that dress so effortlessly.

      • Celandine1

         I have disliked most of that collection and this is the only editorial where I have thought any of these dresses looked good. The two dresses here look like they were made for Kitty. Also, that first dress is way to short on Kate and looks much better on Kitty because it’s longer on her frame.

    • sid123

      only one pose? signature look? cliche’

    • Kiki Krucks

      What a beautiful woman

    • PrunellaV

      Whoa. When you can make Kate Moss look a little schlumpy, you’ve really got it.

    • ccm800

      kate moss midstep on a runway turn vs. this chick doing the patented hey lookie me in haute courture pose and calling her the victor is just dumb

    • Truly_Outrageous

      AHAHAHAHAHA!!! I love you guys. The “go sit down” comment made me laugh.

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    • Allison Borst

      I think a major problem is that it’s REALLY high-waisted on Kate. But oh my, Kitty does look fantastic.

    • Sweetvegan

      She was smart to pose with her hands like that. It nips in the dress visually without adding the heaviness of a belt.

    • lilazander

      The dress reminds me very much of my mom’s weddeing dress (she got married in the 60’s) minus the feathers, plus long sleeves of the same texture as the dress. She even had the same style of shoes minus the metal on the toe points. This editorial makes me smile, and the acress is fierce, indeed.

    • frankystein123

      Ms. Zhang certainly knows how to WERQ a dress.