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Heart Evangelista named as one of ‘real Crazy Rich Asians’

/ 11:06 AM August 16, 2018
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Heart Evangelista in Elie Saab. Image: Instagram/@iamhearte

Heart Evangelista may not have made it through auditions to the highly anticipated “Crazy Rich Asians” movie—but author Kevin Kwan has acknowledged her as an example of the true-to-life high-living Asians he writes about in his books.

The actress is one of four women highlighted in Harper’s Bazaar’s September feature on couture week. Last July, Evangelista attended Paris’ haute couture fashion week, along with Malaysian twins Michelle and Rachel Yeoh, Hong Kong blogger Feiping Chang and, of course, Kwan himself.

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In a video of their trips to fashion shows, Kwan described the secret world of Asians “who spend millions of dollars a year on the finest things in life.”

Haute couture dresses can cost up to millions of dollars as they are one-of-a-kind and custom-fitted to clients. “Only about 2,000 women in the world can afford to dress this way,” he revealed.

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Kwan hailed Evangelista as “the darling of the Philippines. She’s one of the most acclaimed actresses.”

He also praised her for her artwork including her famous paintings on Birkin bags, which all began because of a ketchup stain.

Aside from showing them in the most stunning couture creations, the video also showed the four fashionable women bonding over their love for haute couture, proving that their desire for these clothes is more than just the label.

“Couture is really special because it celebrates the highest level of craftsmanship and creativity,” said Michelle Yeoh.

“It’s actually like buying art,” concurred Evangelista.

Evangelista took to Instagram to share the news of her feature: “My last trip to Paris was a very special one because not only was I there for couture week but I had been invited by @kevinkwanbooks [Kevin Kwan] who has now become a dear friend!”

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I woke up to one of the most amazing features in my life! My last trip to Paris was a very special one because not only was I there for couture week but I had been invited by @kevinkwanbooks who has now become a dear friend! He was doing a special ‘Crazy Rich Couture’ feature for Harpers Bazaar US and asked me if I would be interested in being a part of it. I had the honor of being featured alongside some of the most incredible and stylish Asian icons. I am beyond grateful to Kevin and the entire Harpers team for being such a dream to work with! I’m so incredibly proud of this project and would love for you to see it too! Grab the September issue of Harpers Bazaar US or click the link in my bio! ❤️ @harpersbazaarus

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“I had the honor of being featured alongside some of the most incredible and stylish Asian icons. I am beyond grateful to Kevin and the entire Harpers team for being such a dream to work with!”

Kwan’s novel “Crazy Rich Asians” has been adapted into a movie, which premieres on Aug. 22 in the Philippines.  /ra

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