The Weibo Night Awards which held annually since 2003 was recently held in the China National Convention Center. Like always, the event was a star-studded affair for many pairs of eyes to see.
One particular star netizens noticed was Huang Xiaoming, or more specifically, his left foot. He’s an actor who often drew speculations over his height due to people thinking that he tries to appear taller than he is. At 179cm, Huang Xiaoming looked tall standing next to Lang Lang at 179cm and Liu Ye at 186cm. However, netizens wondered why Huang Xiaoming’s left shoe seemed to bulge up more than usual.
Was Huang Xiaoming wearing shoe fillers for added height? Some jokingly commented that Huang Xiaoming’s height was one of the unsolved mysteries of the entertainment industry.
Huang Xiaoming recently addressed the speculations on social media and explained that he was born with a high instep. (The condition was aggravated after Huang Xiaoming got into an accident where he fell 3 meters & fractured two toes on his left foot while filming The White Haired Witch Of The Lunar Kingdom back in 2012.) Huang Xiaoming also revealed that it’s painful to wear shoes and asked fans and friends with a similar condition to suggest places where he can buy shoes that are more comfortable to wear.
Appearance is one the main selling points of the showbiz industry. So any irregularity, no matter how small, can be the subject of intense scrutiny. Huang Xiaoming, despite his injury, has chosen to move forward and not let things like a high instep stop him from being an extremely professional and hardworking actor. As such, a person of his caliber deserves our respect, not our shallow criticism.