Doting mother or just another Tiger Mom? Yue-Sai Kan with Luo Zilin shortly after the latter’s crowning as Miss Universe China.
Like a Tiger Mom with her neverending list of impossible-to-reach goals for her daughter, Yue-Sai Kan (靳羽西) is constantly looking over the shoulder of Miss Universe China, Luo Zilin (罗紫琳), making plans for every step she will make. For a year now, the celebrity, cosmetics entrepreneur and woman on a mission to produce a Miss Universe for China has been keeping her protege by her side, putting her up in her fancy New York apartment, teaching her how to mingle with socialites, and helping her widen her horizons to land that big crown.
We all know how that effort turned out. Luo made it to the top 5, and was named fourth runner-up. It’s a very, very respectable result, but clearly, Kan’s not happy, and she’s not stopping there. In fact, she’s already got her next roadmap for Luo all ready:
“First she will shoot with the Kardashians, then we will help her break into the U.S. market… I would like to try to place her in some television shows, a magazine like Sports Illustrated and maybe something like Victoria’s Secret.”
In her interview with the WSJ, Kan also took the opportunity to slam the question that Isabeli Fontana asked Luo in the make-or-break final question segment: “Nude beaches are common in some parts of the world. Is public nudity appropriate or inappropriate and why?”
”That was a stupid question. How do you answer a question as inane as that?” fumed Kan.
In the next split second, though, Kan snapped back into her Tiger Mom mode while making a pitch for her training regimen: “She was an ordinary model girl from Shanghai and we made her an international figure. We changed her in New York. I don’t know how I could have trained her better.”
When asked what ultimately killed Luo’s chances to land that crown, Kan sighed and repeated her usual refrain: “Maybe her answer was too Chinese.”
Too Chinese? Gurrrrl, have we got news for you! Luo Zilin is as Chinese as you yourself always will be! And oh, you can put a Chinese woman in New York City, but you can’t get the Chinese out of a China woman! (and we don’t mean that in a derogatory fashion at all!). Someone please do Luo Zilin a favour when she comes back to China and sign her up for therapy with Zhang Lijia, who we’re very sure will tell her being “too Chinese” is completely alright.