Three years ago, Huawei heiress Annabel Yao made her sparkling society debut in the prestigious Le Bal des Debutantes in Paris. Today on her 23rd birthday, she’s making a different kind of splash with the big announcement of her official debut as an artiste for TH Entertainment!
Now it doesn’t look like following in her sibling’s footsteps and joining the family business is part of Annabel’s five year plan after graduating from Harvard. However, her jump into the entertainment industry isn’t entirely a surprising one since she’s been making a niche for herself in the performing arts through ballet when she was younger.
In her debut documentary released by her management, the daughter of the press shy Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said she doesn’t want to be defined by her status as a fuerdai and a mingyuan or a socialite. She hopes that through talent and hard work, she will be able to change that perception of her through her identity as an artist and through the merits of her own work.
Having an older sister like Meng Wanzhou who worked her way up to CFO status in Huawei and her own background as a socialite certainly means Annabel has her work cut out for her if she hopes to do away with any sort of preconceptions. Luckily, it appears she knows what kind of uphill battle she will have to face in exchange for creating her own path. But if her debut photos are any indicator, there’s hardly any doubt that Annabel Yao is telling the world to bring it!
I have never understood why people born with a golden spoon in their mouth want to go into acting of all things. They have everything the famous actresses have have but with way more respect and more privacy. Maybe she is truly passionate about acting but I doubt it? She seems more like she just wants to be famous.
You could also see it like she knows she’s famous in a way anyway, so since she already raises interest, why not use it? There have been women like her before that were treated as a celebrity just for family money. And she has the advantage of not having to swallow everything. Mee too publicized the conditions young artists must accept if they want a shot, because they’re powerless. She isn’t. She can help change it. Even if her family backing is a safety net others don’t have, positive example is powerful. And if she starts normally to prove her career was earned not bought and then uses her money to provide safe space…
Another thing is whether she is good or not. We can’t tell yet. But your post is based on the idea that people become actors for money and adoration, no other reason. But some people pick their profession, because they love it.