Celebrity of the Week: Michelle Yeoh

By Butterboom Writers  /  July 17, 2009

From ballerina to kung fu movie star to style icon.


Michelle Yeoh was born in Malaysia on August 6,1962. As a child, she studied ballet but an injury prevented her from pursuing dreams of becoming a ballerina. After winning the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant in 1983, she started doing commercials before getting into films.

Michelle’s focus on work saw her starring in action and martial arts films like Police Story 3,The Heroic Trio,Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun with Hong Kong’s best actors including Jackie Chan and Jet Li. On an international scale, she is also known, having been in blockbusters like Tomorrow Never Dies,Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

A bit of goss, her marriage to retail billionaire Dickson Poon, owner of Harvey Nichols and Charles Jourdan was short-lived.

Michelle is as accomplished fashion-wise as she is film-wise. She has mastered the art of dressing for the red carpet and looks divine in long gowns. She leans towards the fishtail silhouettes and dresses that hugs her slim figure.  She looks especially gorgeous in Roberto Cavalli and Chopard.


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