How I came to be Margaret whileÂ my kid brother ended up with aÂ boss-ass name like Major Zhang (yes, that is his real name; yes he is much cooler than I) is a short and unremarkable tale. Major’s Chinese name is ç« æ�ƒ (zhÄ�ngÂ quÃ¡n). InÂ the most literal sense, the first characterÂ (our surname) relates to books, chapters, officiating stamps andÂ seals, and in the right context, octopus – otherwise known asÂ my favourite emoji. æ�ƒ means power. Ergo, Major Zhang and a beautiful existenceÂ of being aÂ bonafide homie.
Meanwhile the latter of my motherland monikerÂ in ç« å‡� (zhÄ�ng nÃng)Â translates to something in the realm of coagulation, condensation, cohesion, and other similarly charmingÂ terms of endearment and/or insigniasÂ of breathtaking beauty.Â You (by which I mean my parents) might take some
figurative liberties to arrive at an English equivalent of say… precipitation of knowledge… withÂ a vague footnote referencing the ocean.
A pearl of wisdom, you might say. I would indulge that withÂ ba doom tsh, but I’m not even joking when I say that Mama and BaÂ Zhang looked up eponymous synonyms to “Pearl” in a name dictionary, and destined me to a life of great posture and Little Britain witticisms.
If I had been a boy, I was to be called Malcolm – disciple of Saint Columba, slayerÂ of Macbeth.
I’m just going to leave that one there.
Cue visual segue into my subconscious personal affinities to this pearl campaign I shot slash directed for KailisÂ one rainy day in Brooklyn.
JestÂ aside, Anh and Alexandra really are such dream womenÂ for me to have shot. Both are such focused individuals with open minds to the shifting shapes ofÂ art and culture, without compromising their own perspectives and sense of self. Both know theirÂ faces and bodies so well, which (need I say it again) makes for smooth sailing on aÂ set like this with loopy creatives like yours truly, throwing outÂ garbled instructions on body contortion and the ideological reasons as to why your face might be buried in your pearl-adorned hands.
Once in a while (truly – only once in a while), a shoot will manifest exactly as you’d visualised. And of these rare instances, it can almost always be attributedÂ to perfect set chemistry.
Thank you team for this gloriousÂ day.
PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING //Â MARGARET ZHANG
HAIR //Â TAKUYA SUGAWARA
MAKE UP // KATIE HUGHES
CINEMATOGRAPHY // DAISY ZHOU
MODELS // ALEXANDRA AGOSTON + ANH DUONG @Â IMG
PRODUCER // SAMANTHA BENNETTS
PHOTO ASSIST // ADAM MANTELL
DIGITAL OPERATOR //Â SEAN GREENE
STYLING ASSIST// EMMA SOUSA
SOURCE: Shine By Three – Read entire story here.