Style Evolution: Kenneth Ma

A look back at Kenneth Ma’s transformation from calefare to leading man (including in one of Hong Kong’s juiciest real-life dramas) 

Style Evolution: Kenneth Ma
Style Evolution: Kenneth Ma
30 Apr 2019

Style Evolution: Kenneth Ma

With the recent Andy Hui and Jacqueline Wong cheating scandal rocking the Hong Kong entertainment industry, all eyes have been on actor Kenneth Ma, who is the latter’s beau and unintentional star of the real-life drama. And all this attention has not only renewed our interest in the 45-year-old's dramas, but also his style choices which, we have to say, have improved in the wake of his rising star and getting attached – apparently Jacqueline is quite the fashionista and sometimes shops for him. 

Here’s a look back at his transformation from calefare to leading man. 

Threshold of an Era (1999)
Threshold of an Era (1999)
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Threshold of an Era (1999)

When Kenneth made his debut at 25 in 1999 playing calefares and bit parts, he was rocking floppy man-locks, which were all the rage during that era. We’re glad that was the last we saw of it on him.

Photo: YouTube screengrab

Triumph in the Skies (2003)
Triumph in the Skies (2003)
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Triumph in the Skies (2003)

The bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Kenneth’s good looks stood out when he suited up to play a trainee pilot in Triumph in the Skies.

Scavenger’s Paradise (2005)
Scavenger’s Paradise (2005)
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Scavenger’s Paradise (2005)

How is it possible that Kenneth still looked cute (and convincing) when he donned bangs and pigtails in Scavenger’s Paradise?

2012
2012
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2012

The paisley scarf - we can forgive, but we can’t forget.

Photo: TPG

2012
2012
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2012

We like how Kenneth looked casual yet put together while he attended an event at a furniture store. We’re actually wondering where we could get one of these cute skull cardigans for ourselves.

Photo: TPG

On Call 36 Hours (2012)
On Call 36 Hours (2012)
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On Call 36 Hours (2012)

If our surgeons looked this good, we’d happily put our lives in their hands.

Triumph in the Skies 2 (2013)
Triumph in the Skies 2 (2013)
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Triumph in the Skies 2 (2013)

Who wouldn’t swoon a little seeing Kenneth posing handsomely in his pilot’s uniform for Triumph in the Skies 2?

2014
2014
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2014

Poor Kenneth made the headlines for all the wrong reasons when he was photographed sporting too-tight shorts - and a muffin top - during a game of footy. But that wasn’t the only fashion faux pas the actor committed...

2014
2014
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2014

See what we mean? Sweat stains are never a good look.  

Photo: Facebook/Kenneth Ma

Jaeger-LeCoultre event (2012)
Jaeger-LeCoultre event (2012)
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Jaeger-LeCoultre event (2012)

Kenneth’s good looks shine through clearer than ever when he keeps it simple in a sharp suit.

Photo: TPG

Starhub TVB Awards (2014)
Starhub TVB Awards (2014)
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Starhub TVB Awards (2014)

Kenneth may have gone home empty handed that night but he was a winner in the style stakes with that glam glittery tux.

2014
2014
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2014

This hot pink look is more suited for the getai stage than an awards show. 

Photo: Facebook/Kenneth Ma

TVB Anniversary Awards (2014)
TVB Anniversary Awards (2014)
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TVB Anniversary Awards (2014)

Kenneth looked like he was ready to seal the deal in holy matrimony at the TVB Anniversary Awards.

Photo: TPG

2014
2014
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2014

Kenneth showed that he doesn’t need to do much to look good – his boyish buzz cut and effortlessly cool getup speak for themselves.

Photo: Weibo/kmoifc

Inspector Gourmet (2015)
Inspector Gourmet (2015)
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Inspector Gourmet (2015)

While we’re willing to close one eye at the goldilocks curls and maroon satin lapels, we simply cannot forgive that weirdly knotted tie/scarf. Seriously, why is that even there?

Photo: TPG

TVB Anniversary Awards (2015)
TVB Anniversary Awards (2015)
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TVB Anniversary Awards (2015)

Kenneth almost nailed this look, except for the furry torso which we’re tempted to run our fingers through like a rug.

Photo: TPG

Deep in the Realm of Conscience (2018)
Deep in the Realm of Conscience (2018)
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Deep in the Realm of Conscience (2018)

Kenneth may play an imperial guard general in the drama but he looked rather princely and dashing in his uniform.

Photo: Facebook/Kenneth Ma

2018
2018
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2018

We would have given Kenneth an A+ if not for the miniature bejewelled “tie” and brooches.

Photo: Weibo/Kenneth Ma

2018
2018
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2018

We can’t get enough of Kenneth in well-cut suits and this rose-embroidered blazer was just different enough to make him stand out without making him look as if he was trying too hard.

Photo: Weibo/Kenneth Ma

2019
2019
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2019

Kenneth cut a suave figure in his turtle neck and maroon blazer at the Chinese New Year celebrations. Extra points for the Chinese knot buttons.

Photo: Weibo/Kenneth Ma

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