Shu Qi: Queen of the Selfie

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:


If the selfie is the premier photographic genre of our age, then I name Shu Qi as its queen.

Are you all familiar with Shu Qi? She’s a Taiwanese model and actress best known in the West for her appearance opposite Jason Statham in the first “Transporter” film. But she’s also served as the muse for renowned arthouse director Hou Hsaio-hsien. In Hou’s 2001 “Millennium Mambo” Qi is framed as the embodiment of youth and freedom. The movie’s melancholy stems from Hou’s contemplation of the much younger actress; his camera often seems to be trying to reconcile his eroticized fascination with the shallow reality of her character’s day-to-day life. (It’s reminiscent of the way Godard looked at Anna Karina in the ’60s.)

But enough of that: The point of this post is to celebrate Qi’s talents as a selfie artiste. Below is a gallery of some of the selfies she’s posted on her public Facebook page, which you can “like” by clicking here. They run the gamut of common snapshot moods, from consumer-y self-satisfaction to semi-canned tourist excitement to the burnished ennui familiar from upscale architecture mags and old Antonioni movies. As you’ll no doubt notice, she’s also a master of the second most important photographic genre of our age — the look-at-what-I’m-about-to-eat food shot.

Which is your favorite?


About Fabrizio del Wrongo

Recovering liberal arts major. Unrepentant movie nut. Aspiring boozehound.
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9 Responses to Shu Qi: Queen of the Selfie

  1. Supercute girl, fun pix. I like her selfie work better than Cindy Sherman’s. Do you suppose Shu Qi realizes she’s working in the tradition of Cindy Sherman? Or has Cindy Sherman lost all relevance, having been trampled by the kajillions of selfies everyone in the world is now taking and publishing?


    • Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

      LOL. I suspect SQ is completely oblivious to Cindy Sherman. Probably for the best, really…


      • No doubt.

        Are those Penthouse shots really of her? Hot pix but … she looks so young in her selfies, yet the Penthouse shots are apparently from 15 years ago. Is that possible?


      • Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

        Yeah, that’s her. She was born in ’76, so she was 20 or 21 in the nude pics. Hard to believe she’s nearly 40 now. The first time I heard of her was as a nude model. Wikipedia also mentions a Playboy pictorial. Wonder if it was the same set of photos.


  2. Update: I guess they are of her. She apparently started out as a teen doing softcore porn.


  3. Pingback: Naked Lady of the Week: Shu Qi | Uncouth Reflections

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