“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Awkwafina covers the latest issue of Vogue Australia magazine photographed by Charles Dennington and styled by Philippa Moroney.
Awkwafina has been living in Sydney since July, while she films Marvel’s first Asian superhero movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. “I’ve been here for so long, I’m Australian,” she jokes in the cover story. “I literally asked my friend the other day: ‘You’re veggo, right?’ Because y’all add Os to everything.” Her favourite local dishes? “Sausage rolls and meat pies.”
In the cover story, Awkwafina reveals that Lucy Liu was a big inspiration to her growing up. “When you’re young and you turn on the TV and don’t see kids that look like you, then by default you take the perspective of an outsider,” she explains. “Without [representation], you’re literally sitting there playing imaginary friends.” She adds: “It’s different than just being the Asian front girl, in a group of girls, with no development, no substance,” she explains. “You want to be able to tell those stories, and tell them authentically. That’s representation.”
Hair by Sophie Roberts
Makeup by Gillian Campbell
Nails by Jessica Diez
[Photo Credit: Charles Dennington for Vogue Australia Magazine, farfetch.com]