EXO & Tang Wei: An Unexpected Yet Perfect Combination
As soon as you see the March issue, you might have questions like “Tang Wei and EXO?” “But why just Baekhyun, Tao and Sehun are featured?” is what many readers may wonder. This is the process of the collaboration shoot between Tang Wei and EXO for <The Celebrity>. In an effort to target all Asian audiences, having one of Asia’s greatest celebrity actresses, Tang Wei as the cover model was, of course, our first choice. After many months of sending many ‘love calls’ to her agency and acquaintances to allow her to be featured in this month’s magazine, Tang Wei finally gave an ‘OK!’ to us.
In 2013, the globally acknowledged Korean group EXO emerged from Asia’s music industry, whom <The Celebrity> has been eager to capture stories on. We wanted to feature them in more issues than just the previous two. Though the collaboration with Tang Wei seemed difficult, with global group EXO, this concept for The Celebrity seemed more appealing. Now, we see the best actress and best K-pop stars collaborate and create an even better combination.
The editorial was under its way. We had several discussions in regards to this project with EXO’s management company and after some struggles, we managed to gain a pleasant reply from EXO. But that was not the end. Due to the organization and planning of Tang Wei’s 24-hours-a-day schedules and overseas commute, the work to match both Tang Wei and EXO’s busy schedules was not easy. More than one hundred e-mails and a dozen calls were exchanged per day. Then came the issue of which of the twelve members would be paired with Tang Wei and featured in this month’s issue. First, the members’ schedules were compared in order to see which matched Tang Wei’s. Second, which member looked best when standing next to Tang Wei? Keeping those factors in mind, as well as the issue of communication, the best candidates seemed to be EXO-M’s Tao, who secured his spot from the beginning, as he is able to communicate well with Tang Wei. EXO-K’s Sehun who looked like he could, together with Tao, stood next to Tang Wei confidently. Also because EXO-K’s Baekhyun has the persona of an actor,was finally added to the group. (It was later known that Tang Wei’s favorite Korean group is EXO).
Right until the day of shooting, the editorial team worked busily day and night. Then, it was finally the day of the shoot. As Tang Wei and EXO’s Baekhyun, Tao, and Sehun stood before the camera, the staff’s urge to applaud was just too great.
(to be continued.)+ EXO & Tang Wei’s cover story will be broken up into three parts. More will be featured in the March issue of . Please look forward.
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