“There is no such thing as bad publicity.” – Phineas T. Barnum
Shi Yanfei went to bed after a great night at the Cannes Film Festival and woke up to find her name splashed all over the news. Who is Shi Yanfei, you may be asking. Isn’t Yanfei a character played by Li Nanxing in The Unbeatables?
If you do not follow Chinese dramas, you probably do not know who she is. But thanks to her gaffe at the Cannes festival, she is now the talk of the town.
Shi Yanfei is the star of the hit Chinese drama Story of Yanxi Palace, and was invited to walk the Cannes festival’s red carpet this year for the first time.
The 32-year-old actress donned a beautiful translucent silver gown with blue details and posed confidently for the cameras.
Cannes Film Festival
So some of you may be asking what the Cannes Festival is about and why this is such a big deal.
Well, the Cannes Film Festival is where acclaimed films are given a nod. Awards are given out to actors and actresses who displayed great craft.
It is held annually in France and many A-lister actors and actresses will flock down to attend the event. Basically, if your film gets selected for Cannes, it is a pretty big deal and you will make it on international news.
So the fact that Shi Yanfei made it to the guest list and was invited to walk the red carpet is pretty impressive.
What everyone is talking about
So what happened is that it was Shi Yanfei’s turn to grace the red carpet.
However, as she is not that famous globally (sorry, the truth hurts), photographers took a few snaps and were ready for the next star to come.
Shi Yanfei appeared to ignore all instruction and continued to pose on the red carpet. It reached a point where photographers stopped taking photos of her entirely and were shouting at her to get off.
Eventually, a Cannes staff member had to usher her off the red carpet.