A whole lot of Fan in Melaka

Sweet in a kebaya: Chinese movie star Fan posing for the cameras as she visits various tourism and heritage sites in Melaka while donning the state’s iconic garb.

MELAKA: Popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing officially starts her first day as the Visit Melaka 2024 (TMM2024) ambassador by wooing hundreds of her fans who made a beeline to get a glimpse of her at the iconic Stadthuys building in Bandar Hilir here.

The crowd gathered as early as 10am yesterday waiting for her arrival and some also attempted to post “wefie” with the X-Men: Days of Future Past star.

Fan, wearing a Nyonya kebaya, is on a meet-and-greet sessions at various locations and also scheduled to visit tourism and heritage sites this weekend.

Earlier, she called on Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh at his office in Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh.

Ab Rauf said Fan would create an impact on Melaka tourism in view of her popularity as well as her 63 million followers on social media.

“Fan Bingbing is influential and her fans will follow her, placing Melaka at advantage,” he said.

He said the state government was lucky as Fan’s Asian manager is a Malaysian and she suggested that the Chinese diva could offer her services to promote the state.

He said the 42-year-old would help the state government ensure success and woo tourists from China and other parts of Asia to Melaka.

From 2013 to 2017, Fan was named the highest-paid celebrity in the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list.

In 2014, she joined the Barbie global celebrity Hall of Fame and became China’s First Barbie Doll while she also appeared on Vanity Fair’s “Best Dressed” list in 2015 and 2016.

In 2017, Fan was listed by Time Magazine as one the 100 most influential individuals.

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