By Bobby Yip
With a well-dressed attractive woman waiting to pose for me, I asked her to sit on the darker side of a classic sofa, trying to depict the situation she is facing — waiting for people to accept her status as a lesbian, the first among Hong Kong’s upper class to have a same-sex marriage.
Gigi Chao is a comparatively low-profile person among celebrities here. As the daughter of a tycoon playboy father and a divorced actress mother, she was followed by local paparazzi occasionally. Curious entertainment journalists finally broke the news of her getting married in Paris in April – to a woman.
It was not front page news, not until her outspoken father Cecil Chao Sze-tsung made a statement days later, offering a $65 million “marriage bounty” to any man who was able to win her love. Headlines were splashed in nearly all Chinese media, printed and online worldwide, as far as I could find. Foreign media around the world were not far behind local media in their interest.
Because of a strong connection with our TV journalist, we managed to get an exclusive face-to-face interview with Gigi. It was more than I could hope for as the planned ten-minute brief meeting with her office extended. I now had more time to look deeper into the story.
She was very friendly, talkative, confident and humorous. She showed us some of the very interesting marriage proposals received by email which bombarded her from all over the world.