UGLY BEAUTY press conference recap, 怪美的 Ugly Beauty MV concept & nods to Jolin’s past / Résumé de la conférence de presse d’UGLY BEAUTY, concept du clip d’怪美的 Ugly Beauty et clins d’oeil au passé de Jolin

🇫🇷 Version française page 2 !

🇬🇧 Yesterday a press conference took place in Beijing for the launch of UGLY BEAUTY !

Full press conference

Jolin cried while recalling her past struggles:

“I used to be called fat, seafood sauce, squid, my facial features were called strange… When I was walking down the street during that time, when people looked at me, I would think that everyone hated me. At that time, although I seemed to be fine on the surface, in fact, my heart was already very unhappy. The cover of the album [note: regular version] actually intends to tell everyone that I have overcome this, so you can too, I think I am very brave.”

Jolin was always feeling that what she was doing was not enough, not perfect enough. She hit rock bottom during the promotion of 花蝴蝶Butterfly, Jolin in 2009. Overwhelmed by work to the point that she even considered retiring, she couldn’t find motivation and meaning anymore.

Jolin revealed that she wants to hold a concert for her 20th anniversary but also show the concept of UGLY BEAUTY‘s entire album on stage.

怪美的 Ugly Beauty MV has finally been released yesterday !
This music video is about all the criticism from media, netizens, and even from herself, that Jolin had to bear for the past 20 years, how it affected her deeply, and the fact that she finally overcame all that and made peace with herself.

It contains lots of nods to Jolin and her career, here we go (sources: Jasper T & Lee Wan Yeow@YouTube):

We can see Whoohoo, PLAY我呸 PLAY MV characters, the bird from 大藝術家 The Great Artist MV, but also MVs from 呸 PLAY (I’m not yours, 美杜莎 Medusa…) & PLAY World Tour introduction video playing on TVs.
“The Supreme Court of Beauty” has been founded in 1980, Jolin’s birth year.
This picture of Jolin has been taken this year, netizens started to say that she lost her abs, that she got fat, that she was neglecting herself…
Jolin is wearing what looks like 愛無赦 Bravo Lover MV’s prisoner outfit. “JT-20181226” can be read on her top (JT = Jolin Tsai, 20181226 = album & MV release date).
愛無赦 Bravo Lover MV
The name of the restaurant: 宜翎海鮮 Yiling Seafood.
宜翎 Yiling is a mix between Jolin’s first name by birth 宜凌 and her “real” first name (her stage first name is 依林 Yilin).
必要之饿, a meaning of starving is a must,
she forces herself to eat as little as possible to lose weight.
Jolin is plunging the salad into the bowl to remove all oil before eating it.
It seems that she used to do that as part of her diet.
Jolin is wearing the “J” hat from Dr Jolin MV.
Dr Jolin MV
Netizens used to say that Jolin would never be pale enough, pretty enough.
That’s why she’s turned into a statue here (Venus de Milo).

The fact that she has arms make her an ordinary statue, however what makes Venus so appealing is her perfect but imperfect beauty (broken body).
Jolin’s Freak Show. She’s wearing an outfit from Dancing Forever World Tour.
It’s a satire of her past stunts. The gymnastics she was doing during her Dancing Forever World Tour were belittled by some people and labeled as “a juggling show”.
About the posters: 1st one on the left refers to her “sausage mouth” (netizens used to say that she had thick lips, so they were calling her “sausage mouth”). The one with the shoe is about the fact that her height was mocked too. “Hamster Jolin” is about the “big cheeks” she was told she had before. The 花蝴蝶 Butterfly and the 大丈夫 Real Man ones refer to the choreographies she performed.
Dancing Forever World Tour (J2)
It might refer to 馬甲上的繩索 Corset’s Rope MV
馬甲上的繩索 Corset’s Rope MV
Ribbon dance from 舞孃 Dancing Diva.
GIFs used by netizens. They thought that this blue outfit was hideous.
Some of the GIFs:
Jolin feeling unconfident about her appearance.
Looks like she has been ridiculed by netizens after her 舞孃 Dancing Diva performance at the opening ceremony of the 18th Golden Melody Awards (2007).
She was said to have a sausage mouth, and her long legs to be fried shrimp.
She was mocked by media and netizens because of the dress she was wearing at the 19th GMA on the red carpet. She was called a squid and “Queen of sea food”.
19th GMA red carpet
Jolin is vomiting all the criticism held against her and her work online.
Jolin is holding a whip, it might refer to PLAY World Tour’s 美人計 Honey Trap performance.

Don’t hesitate to watch the MV (over and over) once again, English subtitles are available for both song and dialogue !


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