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Deanna Yusoff pulls a chameleon act

Deanna's girlish side is captured in this yellow cotton babydoll dress with lace applique matched with a light blue cotton knit cardigan.

The Star Online, 13 January 2005

The porcelain-complexioned Deanna Yusoff brings us up to speed regarding her colourful career while she models some glad rags for NIGEL THO.

SINCE her 1992 debut in Selubung (which clinched her the Best Actress award at the 10th Malaysia Film Festival) Deanna Yusoff has done it all: movies, TV and even music. She is also much in demand as a model, a role she more than adequately fulfils thanks to her porcelain-smooth skin and slim figure.

In an exclusive shoot for StarTwo, Deanna is playing clotheshorse, modelling outfits from luxury brand Louis Vuitton. Although she is not feeling well, Deanna proves to be the consummate pro, insisting on going on with the shoot. It is this kind of perseverance that serves Deanna well after more than a decade in show business.?

Her big screen ventures to date include Abang (1992), Army Daze (1996), Ringgit Kasorrga (1995) and of course, Anna and the King (1999). Her supporting role as Lady Thiang in the Hollywood production which starred Chow Yun-Fat and Jodie Foster brought her the most attention. In television, Deanna has starred in soap Idaman and long-running comedy Spanar Jaya.?

And to prove that she can sing as well as she can act, Deanna released a pop album titled Divide and Continue in 1994, which spawned a dance hit single in Singapore.?

Gold brocade jacket and trousers from Louis Vuitton's Cruise Collection.

Deanna’s willingness to experiment with different roles and genres is evident as she was seen last year in a recurring role as a villain in the Charlie’s Angels-styled Rouge, an action-comedy series produced by MTV Asia. 

As the nemesis with the improbable name of Zock, Deanna takes on the five heroine leads led by their leader played by Pierre Png. After playing numerous goody-two shoe characters throughout her acting career, Deanna relished the chance to play Zock. “She is so different from me ? a cold-hearted character who doesn’t show any emotion, even when she is killing someone.” 

It is therefore not surprising that Deanna reveals the secret to her staying power as an artiste. “The public is so fickle... as a personality, you have to constantly re-invent yourself,” says Deanna who turned 38 on Jan 3 this year. (Of course, Deanna maintains her youthful mien with SKII, of which she is an “ambassador”.) 

Where her projects for 2005 are concerned, Deanna doesn’t want to reveal too much, except that she is planning on holding more live performances. And instead of mainstream pop, she wants to perform jazz. “There is a certain story-telling element to jazz and I feel that my voice is more suited to do that.” 

Deanna’s resolution for 2005 is fairly simple: “It’s an ongoing process: to be happy with myself. I used to be very rigid, and now I think I am more relaxed and becoming a better person.” 

Lingerie knit top and cotton and linen chambray skirt with pleated chiffon.

Cruising cool 

Ever the chameleon, Deanna conveyed varied personas throughout the Louis Vuitton shoot, from girlish to sultry. The luxury brand’s Cruise Collection (an in-between winter and summer collection) is a stunning, colourful line designed by Marc Jacobs and inspired by Italian and Mexican styles. 

The look is reminiscent of the 1950s, with references to glamour and refinement. The sophistication and luxury of materials, such as lace, cashmere, linen, silk, lamé and tulle, convey to the collection all the refined detail of haute couture. Shapes inspired by winter are associated with summery material, creating a link between two seasons. 

Cotton and lace petticoats slip softly under skirts, enhanced with embroidery to bring to mind you of the work of painter Diego Rivera. Ultra-feminine, the Cruise line consists of sunny colours: red, yellow and gold mingling with pastel hues of lilac, blue and green, as well as a backdrop of white. 

Fantasy jewellery is the big novelty this season: brooches, hair barrettes, necklaces, bracelets and earrings feature a colourful, playful touch.

Deanna lounges in a red cotton knit cardigan and navy cotton skirt with gold flower embroidery. This is her favourite outfit of the four: ''It's very 'Sex & The City','' she says of the ensemble.

Wardrobe: LOUIS VUITTON (Cruise Collection 2005)
Make-up and hair: KLEMENT ANG of Orange Heads Salon
Location shoot at Qba, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

  • The Cruise Collection is currently available at Louis Vuitton in Starhill Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur.  

    G6 & G7, Ground Floor
    Starhill Shopping Centre
    181, Jalan Bukit Bintang
    55100 Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603-2141 8790