Interview, Style

Interview: Chinese Model & Actor Hu Bing

  • By Ian Lee
Interview: Chinese Model & Actor Hu Bing

At 46, Hu Bing has almost done it all. The Chinese supermodel, with 27 years under his belt, is also established in acting, singing and philanthropy, and known for being a former editor-in-chief. On a recent trip here for La Perla, the star got in a reflective mood with Men’s Folio. And wishes – just for a moment – that he was a pilot.

Hu Bing for La Perla FW17

On his true passions in life

When I was younger, I didn’t feel very secure and had a lot of nervous energy, and so I wanted to do many things. But as I get older, I know that what I can experience is much more limited and so most of my time is dedicated to movies and fashion now. I’m a menswear ambassador to the UK, but it usually doesn’t stop with London, as there are brands who want me to attend their shows in Milan and Paris – so it can become a juggle act.

Hu Bing for La Perla FW17

On his relationship with La Perla

I think that a mature man with experience would know how to (appreciate La Perla,) look at quality and take care of himself – at home, after work. A few years ago, at Milan fashion week, the brand invited me to do a shoot. I suppose we have an affinity. When a brand has clothes that I can wear for 24 hours – that’s a friendship to me. A lot of their clothes suit me and are very comfortable. The pants I’m wearing today, for example, were something they made for my birthday – and I wear them very often.

Hu Bing for La Perla FW17

On his idea of success

I think being steadfast and sticking to your views is the biggest accomplishment. After more than 25 years, I would like to think that I am running a marathon – I’m not racing with a sprinter.

 

Read the full interview in our August issue.