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[TRANS] Cheng Xiao’s Interview with Esquire Korea

“Hello this is Cheng Xiao. This is the first time that I am showing a chic concept. Thank you for liking this kind of me too. Please continue looking after me. I will work hard. Thank you.”

We started this interview by asking her to say something to her male fans. In front of the camera she greeted with a bright smile and spoke clearly. She is very pure and innocent. She laughed and covered (her face) with both hands. How can you not love her? Honestly, everyone was sad when the shooting ended. Although we like this image of Cheng Xiao too, we wanted to see her serious side too.

“Since my Korean is still not great, I stand out compared to my members. Because I am embarrassed words don’t come out well. It’s not that I have nothing to say but my pronunciation and the way of speaking might appear weird. On TV shows one should answer and talk. People find it cute.” She retold a funny story how a fan told her not to improve her Korean at a fan sign. “Being on a show is different than being on stage. I have no choice but to show my natural side.” Interest for Cheng Xiao started when she appeared on “My Little Television”. With a curious face and inability to hide laughter, she showed her charms and spread positive energy in a moment. “It is beyond imagination. I didn’t think people would like it so much. I had a lot of worries. I am very thankful for all the response.”

Cheng Xiao debuted 8 months ago in a group called WJSN. She was a trainee for two years. In China, she has been learning dance for 10 years and had an ordinary dream of being a teacher. A Korean agency already scouted her in middle school but she politely declined it. “When I was casted by an agency, I had a lot of worries about my prospective career. I have been a kpop fan for a long time. In China I tried to look up a lot Korean movies and singers and I enjoyed listening to kpop. I even danced on a school festival. I felt like would regret it now if I had let the chance go.” She gave up on studies and went to a foreign country to become a celebrity but her parents didn’t welcome it. They opposed it at first. “Parents opposed me to give up on dancing after 10 years and try another path. I had to persuade them.” Of course, Korean life has not been not easy. “At first, it was very difficult. Not only because of the language but I had to learn to dance for the first time. It is very different than Chinese dance I’ve been learning and I was like a blank sheet of paper. Now I am totally adapted to Korean life.” Although she quit traditional Chinese dance, it helped her a lot. She showed her skills on “Tomorrow’s First Pitch King” and “ISAC 2016” in rhythmic gymnastics where she won 1st place and made her name known. “My name is a bit more known than the others but my goal is to make WJSN known. We will always work hard. I want to win 1st on music show with WJSN. Since we have a lot of members, there are a lot of charms we can show to public.”

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Alberto Vargas, from Esquire magazine, 1941.

Vargas started out as an artist from a young age: his photographer father had taught him how to use an airbrush when he was just thirteen.  After studying art in Geneva and Zurich, Alberto came to America in 1916 to escape World War I.

Vargas’ early employment was fairly unglamorous, doing run-of-the-mill fashion illustration for the Adelson Hat Company and Butterick Patterns, but that changed in May, 1919, when an employee of the Ziegfeld Follies – famous for their attractive chorus girls – saw the 23-year-old artist painting in a shop window in New York City and urged him to show his work to Florenz Zeigfeld, who immediately commissioned Vargas to paint portraits of the stars of his Follies.

This led to work from Paramount and Twentieth Century Fox doing promotional artwork and posters for their films.  In 1940, Vargas was hired by Esquire magazine, under the odd condition that he drop the ’s’ from his name, and it was there that the popular ‘Varga Girl’ was born.  Alberto would eventually end up returning to signing his true name to his work after a legal dispute with Esquire in 1948 over Vargas producing his own pin-up calendars that competed with Esquire’s own.

Throughout the 1950s, Alberto continued to work for Hollywood studios doing posters as well as doing pin-ups, and was asked by Hugh Hefner in 1960 to begin producing art for Playboy, after the magazine ran a feature on Vargas’ work.  Vargas would do over 150 pieces for Playboy as their primary artist.

Despite working around beautiful and famous female subjects for nearly all of his career, Alberto’s muse was much closer to home: it was the death of his wife of forty-four years in 1974 that caused Vargas to lose interest in painting, and he would only create new works very sporadically until his death in December 1982 at the age of 86.