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Hails from: Virginia
Occupation: Professional football player
So, first the good news: Over the weekend, 6’5″, 309 lbs. (no, that is not a typo) offensive tackle Ed Wang became the first Chinese American player drafted into the NFL.
As a Chinese American, a Wang, and a lifelong football fan, I weep for joy.
Now, the bad: He’s going to the Bills.
As a Chinese American, a Wang, and a lifelong football fan who’s always considered the Bills the whipping boy of the NFL–they last went to the playoffs in ’99, they’ve never won a championship, and they hold the dubious distinction of being the only team who’s gone to (and lost) four consecutive Super Bowls–I just weep.
Ah, well…two steps forward, one step back!
To learn more about Ed Wang, watch the video below. His parents Robert and Nancy are former Chinese Olympians–dad was a high-jumper, mom was a hurdler–and they’re cute as all get out. In that Hardass Asian Parent way, of course. Choice quote from Ed’s dad:
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I don’t know dick about playing a real guitar…
Can I call you Alex? I feel like I can, since you’re Chinese-American and I am, too, and we have the same last name, which means we’re practically related. First things first–congratulasians on winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award! You rule! Your clothes–a clever mix of grunge street urchin and 80′s lady—are the bomb! Anna Wintour has found room in her icy, unsmiling, chinchilla-clad heart to love you! In other words, you have arrived.
And now that you’ve arrived, you really don’t need advice from anyone, except your CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund mentor who comes with the prize. But allow me to make one small, albeit bold, suggestion–as bold as those raggedy denim cut-offs you designed for fall and had the balls to charge $285.00 for when they look like that item of clothing one feels is too trashed to even donate to the homeless–please start saying our last name right. “Waaaang” is waaaaack. “Wong” is right. There is, I’m afraid, no middle ground. Think of this as your Demi Moore moment. Remember back in the late 80′s, circa Ghost, when Demi Moore went from being known as “Dem-ee” to “Duh-mee,” seemingly overnight? Of course you don’t, because you were just a wee lad back then. But, look. It happened. And everyone got with the program. And instead of people being, like, WTF is up with that, they threw money at this born-again creature “Duh-mee” and she became the highest-paid female movie star in the land (until she did The Scarlet Letter, Striptease, and G.I. Jane in that order and all but killed her career, but that’s another story).
You’ve made it, sweetie. Which means that people have to start saying your name right. You could even pull a Prince and start going by a symbol, and people would have to respect that (please don’t). And you don’t want to mistaken for, like, Vera Waaaang’s relasian, do you? She’s so yesterday’s news. And you, my friend, are the future.
love you Wang time,
What do you get when you set a real Craiglist personal ad to music?
Sweaty, rotund, ball-pinching genius:
Age: 23 (What?!?)
Occupation: Fashion designer and resident skinny-mini
Known for: dropping out of Parsons to start his own label in 2006, great taste in music (Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” is the current soundtrack to Wang’s website), yummy cashmere sweater dresses, and a kickass fall-winter collection that reminds us of an 80′s Patrick Nagel print (i.e. the cover of Duran Duran’s Rio).
Click here to see Alexander Wang’s Fall-Winter 2007 collection.
Two Wangs made headlines yesterday in New York Citay.
Yankee pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was named official spokesperson for the 2009 World Games, which will be held in Wang’s native Taiwan. MLB.com reports that the World Games will feature sports left out of the Olympics, like sumo wrestling and tug-of-war.
Wait, what? Tug-of-war? That’s a sport now? Really? You’re positive?
The other Wang, who can’t say her last name right and is pictured left looking like the Grim Reaper at last night’s Costume Institute gala, is ironically embroiled in a legal name-battle with the company Vera, a manufacturer of scarves and linens which at one time was synonymous with Wasp-chic. Page Six reported:
VERA Wang is about to launch a fashion line to be called Simply Vera – and the company founded by the other Vera, famous for the silk scarves Marilyn Monroe once wore, isn’t happy.
The rep [for the original Vera] said Wang had even gone as far as using her high-powered, stockbroker hubby as an attack dog. “Her husband, Arthur Becker, called our company and said, ‘I have $5 billion with Kohl’s behind me, and we’re going to take on any opposition. I’m putting The Vera Company on notice,” the rep said.
sugardaddy husband and his billions do your legal dirty work for you? I’m appalled, I’m outraged…alright, I’m jealous.