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Zaruhi Arzumanyan

International Multimedia Journalism

A profile of Chuwei Zhang

For a local lifestyle magazine for young women                         

                                   

                                           Passion for fashion<对时尚的热忱>

Her temperate and plain manners, exquisite features, the calm tone of her voice seemed so familiar to me that I started thinking where I could have met her before. In that warm autumn day we decided to talk not in a cafe but in the park: in the nature our conversation would definitely be more frank. While Chuwei Zhang who came to Newcastle from the North-East of China was telling me about her hometown Jilin and its kind and friendly people, I suddenly remembered: Chuwei was reminding me of Chinese actresses I have seen in Chinese romantic drama movies.<她温和和平淡的举止、精致的容貌(Zara为我写的Profile - 815309713 - VivienneZhang的博客没有啦)、从容的谈吐让我感到如此熟悉,我开始想我是不是以前在哪里见过她。在那个温暖的秋日,我们决定选择在公园而不是咖啡馆进行采访,因为自然环境显然会让我们的谈话更加真诚。楚薇来自中国的东北,她告诉我她的家乡吉林如此美好和友善,我突然想起来:楚薇让我想起了我曾在中国爱情电影里的女演员(谁?)>

Chuwei speaks about her childhood staring into the distance, smiling but with a slight sadness. The girl who was considered the most beautiful one in her university in Sujo, who used to be the leading actress in the university performances and who had a romance with the most handsome guy in the university did not always have it easy. Back in her childhood she was very unconfident, often unhappy, and convinced that she did not look good. “I was so shy that if I had to speak in front of many people I would even cry,” Chuwei remembers. “I thought I was ugly, I was not very good at studying, my family was not rich and couldn’t afford to buy beautiful clothes for me … I thought I had nothing!”<楚薇微笑却略带伤感地谈起了她的童年,那个在大学里无限风光的女孩并不是从一开始就如此顺利。她小的时候非常自卑,常常感到不开心,而且觉得自己长得非常难看。“我是如此的害羞,我甚至在公众场合发言会哭出来。”楚薇回忆道,“我觉得我长得很丑,学习成绩也并不十分好,我的家庭也不富裕,不会买很多漂亮衣服给我,我觉得我什么也没有。”>

What she certainly had were her dreams. Once she took a paper and pencils and started drawing the dresses she dreamt to wear. She still keeps those drawings in a shoe box in a dark corner of their house so that no one could find them: in the box she has saved not just the drawings but also the most precious memories of her childhood. <她曾经只有梦想,当她拿起纸笔开始画她想象中能够穿在身上的美丽衣服。她依然把那些画稿收藏在一个鞋盒子里,放在家里不为人知的角落。那个盒子里不仅收藏着她的画稿,还有她珍贵的童年回忆。>

At first, she used to copy images from Japanese cartoons – girls with long legs and stylish clothes. When she grew up a bit, Chuwei found her own manner of drawing models and clothes. Around that time a new teacher entered Chuwei’s class, an event which defined certain changes to come in her life. “My new teacher gave me opportunities to show my talents,” she says. “She encouraged me to host literature meetings every Wednesday.  I was still shy but I understood that I was really good at speaking in public. I started to feel more confident. People liked me very much, and all this changed my personality.” <起初,她喜欢照着日本卡通画长腿穿短裙的美女,当她日渐成熟,她开始发现了她独特的画法去画模特和衣服。大约在同一时期,她的班上换了一个新老师,这件事改变了她的人生轨迹。“我的新老师给了我很多机会去展示我的才华,”她说。“她鼓励我去主持每周三的文学讨论会。我当时虽然还是有些害羞,但我已经渐渐感到我很擅长在公众场合讲话。我开始感到越来越自信,同学们很喜欢我。这些都渐渐改变了我的性格。”>

She was 13, and her life took another direction. She was the centre of her male classmates’ attention, she was now able to save some money to buy fashionable clothes but she kept drawing the dresses that were not in the shops. They were in her imagination. <她当时13岁,她的人生轨迹改变了。她成为了男同学们注意力的中心(这是Zara自己加的,我没这么说Zara为我写的Profile - 815309713 - VivienneZhang的博客),她现在能够买的起漂亮时尚的衣服,但是她依然喜欢话那些商店里没有的服饰(很久没画了,她自己加的)。那些衣服在她的想象之中。>

This passion for fashion did not leave her even when she started studying journalism at Sujo Science and Technology University. Chuwei has decided that one day she will combine her two great interests – journalism and fashion. After completing her MA in Multimedia Journalism in Newcastle University, Chuwei will try to find a way to found her own fashion magazine. She is convinced it will not be like the other magazines we are used to see on the newsstands. “If I want to read the content besides looking at the pictures, I find those magazines too shallow. They don’t have spirit! It’s all just about how to impress men, how to go to parties and so on,” Chuwei explains.  “In my magazine I would still keep pictures of stylish clothes but at the same time I would provide the readers with very interesting content about the culture of fashion.”<对时尚的热忱始终没有离开她,即使她到大学开始学习新闻。楚薇决定有一天她要把她两个兴趣结合起来——新闻和时尚(她帮我勾画的,我还没想那么多Zara为我写的Profile - 815309713 - VivienneZhang的博客)。当她结束她在纽卡斯尔大学的新闻硕士学位,楚薇要努力尝试去做自己的时尚杂志(!!!!我哪敢想那么多!)。她决意自己的杂志不能像现在市面上的杂志那样。“每次我看杂志上图片旁边的文字都会觉得非常肤浅,完全没有任何意义。总是关于如何取悦男人,怎么样穿去参加舞会等等,”楚薇解释道。“我的杂志将会延续图片的风格,但是同时我会提供读者有趣的阅读内容,比如关于时尚的文化。”(Zara当时采访我,问我如果我要创办时尚杂志我要怎么做,我确实是这样回答。但我不敢想自己创办杂志这么伟大。)>

This is not Chuwei’s only dream. She thinks that one day she will turn all her drafts of clothes into real ones. And then, she says, she will do it the way Victoria Beckham does it: she will produce clothes which she herself would like to wear. As she describes, she does not like to wear too open or too sexy clothes. She feels comfortable in classic, elegant outfits. And on the day we met, Chuwei was wearing an elegant shirt in black and white combined with classic trousers which were emphasising her femininity even more.<这不是楚薇唯一的梦想。她希望有一天她能够把她的画稿变成真正的衣服(我没有!)。然后,她说,她会像维多利亚·贝克汉姆那样——设计自己想要穿的衣服。像她说的,她不喜欢穿太性感太露的衣服,她觉得穿的经典和优雅更为舒适。我们进行采访的当天,楚薇穿着一件优雅的黑白衬衫(我有这件衣服吗?)和经典的裤子,这些都更加强调了她的女人味Zara为我写的Profile - 815309713 - VivienneZhang的博客。>

“And what if you ever have to choose between your career and family?” I ask. Chuwei does not think too long and answers again staring into the distance: “I think I would choose my family. I was raised with the idea that the most important thing for a Chinese woman is her happiness in her private life. Happiness is not about how much money you have. With money you can buy clothes but you cannot buy your happiness.” <"在家庭和事业之间你会如何选择?"我问道。楚薇没有想很久,看着远方回答道:“我想我会选择家庭。因为我成长的环境教育我,对一个中国女人来说,最重要的事情是个人生活的幸福。幸福不是你多有钱。钱可以买漂亮衣服却不能买来幸福。”>

Chuwei believes that dreams do not necessarily remain drawn on a paper or fixed on one’s mind forever. They can come true. Once she became a girl who she dreamt to be, didn’t she? <楚薇相信梦想不会永远只画再纸上或者紧缩在脑海中。它们会被实现。当她已经成为了她梦想中希望成为的女孩,不是吗?>

Word count: 807(字数统计:807字。)

 

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