HOT OR NOT: Local celebs in period costumes

The best and worst period looks

HOT OR NOT: Local celebs in period costumes
HOT OR NOT: Local celebs in period costumes
25 May 2016

HOT OR NOT: Local celebs in period costumes

While scrolling through Instagram this week, we couldn't help but laugh when we chanced upon Dennis Chew's selfies from the set of I Want To Be A Star. Regardless of which role he is playing, he looks completely at ease in ancient Chinese costumes - but not as much as Ya Hui does in a beard! (Wish we could say the same for Chew Chor Meng's weird little bob though)

Keep reading to see which other local stars have donned period costumes, as well as who has done it best.

Chua Enlai
Chua Enlai
25 May 2016

Chua Enlai

While Enlai’s redcoat costume looked a little cheap, his pompous facial expression is on point.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Partygoer

Instagram: @chuaenlai

Rui En
Rui En
25 May 2016

Rui En

Rui En was picture-perfect as Chinese royalty in The Dream Makers 2.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Legit time traveller - Rui En has enough pathos to portray characters from past eras.

Instagram: @ch8sg

Aloysius Pang and Xu Bin
Aloysius Pang and Xu Bin
25 May 2016

Aloysius Pang and Xu Bin

From Dukes to members of the Chinese aristocracy. We suppose that’s an upgrade.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Partygoers. We doubt people living in ancient times had complexions this flawless.

Instagram: @aloypang

Hor Ying Ying and Alaric Tay
Hor Ying Ying and Alaric Tay
25 May 2016

Hor Ying Ying and Alaric Tay

The Run Rachael Run star makes a convincing Chang-Er (Chinese Goddess of the Moon), but we can’t say the same for the swordsman played by Alaric, who has his, erm spectacles on!

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Legit time traveller for Ying Ying, partygoer for Alaric

Instagram: @hereisyingying

Watch Run Rachael Run on Toggle.


Chinese vampires
Chinese vampires
25 May 2016

Chinese vampires

We haven’t seen vampires this attractive since Twilight.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Erm, partygoers. That being said, we’d choose these cuties over the jiang shi on TV any day. 

 

Jeanette Aw
Jeanette Aw
25 May 2016

Jeanette Aw

Looks like the little nyonya grew up into a saucy cabaret singer.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Legit time traveller

Instagram: @jeaniusxuan

Eleanor Lee
Eleanor Lee
25 May 2016

Eleanor Lee

We can only imagine how much of Tribes and Empires-Storm of Prophecy’s budget goes into the costume department. The China drama’s costumes are among the best in this gallery.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Legit time traveller

Instagram: @eleanorleex

Chen Liping
Chen Liping
25 May 2016

Chen Liping

We’re guessing this was followed by severe neck strain.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Partygoer – that aegyo pose pretty much says it all.

Instagram: @aiyoyochenliping

Chua Enlai
Chua Enlai
25 May 2016

Chua Enlai

Last we checked, founder of modern Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, was a brunette.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Partygoer

Instagram: @chuaenlai

Hong Ling
Hong Ling
25 May 2016

Hong Ling

Thanks to her pale makeup, smug expression, and elaborate headdress, Hong Ling – who was dressed like this for I Want To Be a Star – looks capable of playing a scheming aristocrat.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Legit time traveller
 

Joanne Peh
Joanne Peh
25 May 2016

Joanne Peh

She may be female, but Joanne could pass off as an ancient Chinese scholar in that get-up and pose. Now all that’s missing is a flute and book. 

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Legit time traveller

Instagram: @joannepeh

Shane Pow (emperor, scholar, and eunuch)
Shane Pow (emperor, scholar, and eunuch)
25 May 2016

Shane Pow (emperor, scholar, and eunuch)

While Shane gives us a distinctively contemporary aura (sorry, Shane, but something about you feels modern even when you’re in costume) it’s clear that he is having a ton of fun in these looks.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Legit time traveller, but with a caveat: Shane looks more like a modern person trying to blend into the past than the other way around.
 

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
25 May 2016

Ya Hui

The dress and the hair look good, but this get-up isn’t entirely convincing, given the lack of 1940s-era makeup.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Partygoer
 

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
25 May 2016

Desmond Tan

Desmond Tan as the fat and jolly God of Fortune? Yeah, right. Since when does the God of Fortune have a six pack?

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Partygoer

Instagram: @thedesmondtan

Felicia Chin and Aloysius Pang
Felicia Chin and Aloysius Pang
25 May 2016

Felicia Chin and Aloysius Pang

Felicia and Aloysius travelled back to the Qing Dynasty while filming Life - Fear Not.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: More like school production – while Felicia looks decent, Aloy’s costume looks like it was cut from cardboard.

Instagram: @iamfeliciachin

michellechong
michellechong
25 May 2016

michellechong

While Michelle is known for her versatility as an actress, she looks too modern for a period piece. Stick to playing Lu Lu and Leticia, okay?

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Partygoer

Instagram: @immichellechong

Zheng Geping
Zheng Geping
25 May 2016

Zheng Geping

Despite his somewhat hilarious reputation as a “hunkle”, Geping exudes the dignified air of an emperor once in costume.

Halloween partygoer or legit time traveller?
VERDICT: Legit time traveller

Photo: Facebook/MediaCorpCh8

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