the official blog.
The composition’s pretty good.
We already made the trip out here, so we might as well take a few more photos.
It’s not like it takes a whole lot of effort.
There! I sent it out.”

The other reporter took a closer look and sighed.

“No wonder he went viral before he even debuted.
Just look at him.
His looks are outstanding.
He already looks like this without any retouching.
It would almost be a shame if he didn’t enter the industry.
If he keeps at it like this and nothing bad happens, he’ll end up being a top celebrity.”

“I agree.
Let’s go.
We’ve got Wang Yingling’s photos.
We’ve already received the money.
We just need to give her an eye-catching spot on the cover, and we’ll be done.
However, if you ask me, her management team’s really no good.
Look at what she’s wearing today.
It looks like the money they gave us is going to waste again.
They’ve already spent all this money on publicity fees.
You’d think they’d put some of that money towards a better stylist.” 

“Her formal wear isn’t that good either.
Last year, her red carpet outfit ended up trending, the one that looked like a bucket.”

The two looked at each other and laughed.

Xiao Ke and Gu Qingchi rested for an entire night.
The opening ceremony would be the next evening.

Xiao Ke was in charge of Gu Qingchi’s clothing.
She was truly an outstanding assistant.
There wasn’t anything that she couldn’t do.
The only thing she lacked was some practical experience. 

In fact, Ye Li’s biggest goal for this film festival was to give Xiao Ke some practice.
Gu Qingchi was an afterthought.
Either way, it wasn’t likely for him to make any waves.

Even Ye Li could tell that the movie had a lot of flaws in it.
After all, it was a commercial film that was filmed within just a few months.

 

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Besides, real life wasn’t like those novels.
He was very optimistic about Gu Qingchi, but he didn’t think that Gu Qingchi would be able to bring home a trophy so easily.

There were only a handful of artists who were able to win their very first nomination.
The last person to do so was Xie Luyu.
He had been an incredibly gifted newcomer, completely obliterating the competition. 

Ye Li had also seen that movie.
At the time, he was just a teenager, but his talent was terrifying.

Xiao Ke played it safe and went with a black suit, black tie, and white button-up for Gu Qingchi.
Aside from the lapel pin on his chest, there weren’t any other decorative accessories.

It was a well-known Italian brand.

They had been short of time, so they bought ready-made clothes.
The leather shoes were of the same brand.
It wasn’t particularly expensive, but it was rather appropriate for the occasion. 

The clothes looked breathtaking on him.

Gu Qingchi’s figure was stunning.
His proportions were even better than a lot of professional models.

Suits tended to make people’s legs look short.
However, when it came to Gu Qingchi, there wasn’t anything of the sort.

There was also a little pigtail at the back of his head. 

He looked like he had walked out of a manga.

Xiao Ke took a look at her watch.

“Gu ge, it’s almost time.
We should leave in about half an hour.”

Gu Qingchi was used to standing upright in front of others.
However, he was pretty familiar with Xiao Ke now, so his posture was a lot more relaxed. 

At the moment, the suit jacket had been thrown to the side.
He crossed his legs and sat on the sofa, leaning against the cushions.
He had one arm outstretched and the other arm propped against the back of the sofa.
He looked very much at ease.

Since he wasn’t wearing the jacket, his waist was particularly eye-catching.
Even so, the belt was properly looped around his waist and his shirt was meticulously buttoned.
He gave off an air of restraint.

Xiao Ke had also brought a pair of gold-rimmed glasses, the kind with the chains, and had Gu Qingchi try it on.
It was just a pair of glasses, but it instantly made Gu Qingchi’s aura so much stronger.

For some reason, it gave off the feeling of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. 

Xiao Ke felt that this outfit had a lot of feeling.
However, considering that this was a formal occasion, it was better to show a calm and steady image.
In the end, she had Gu Qingchi take the glasses off.

Still, she asked Gu Qingchi to strike several poses.
She took several photos and prepared to post them onto Weibo as a treat for the fans.

 

Xiao Ke and Gu Qingchi arrived at the venue very early.
That is, they were ready to walk the red carpet.

There was a specific order in which everyone would enter the venue.
Superstars like Xie Luyu were the first to enter.
Then, guests with invitations were next.
Finally, the last to enter were artists that managed to get a blank invitation—the so-called red carpet moochers. 

However, every year, there were always a few people who tried to cut in line.
They didn’t have the guts to cut in front of the superstars, but they didn’t have any qualms about the people in the back.

Actors couldn’t compete with influencers when it came to internet traffic.
Sometimes, their auras weren’t as strong either.
If an actor wasn’t particularly famous, it was easy for them to be ignored by the public.

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Besides, it wasn’t like the person could turn around and go back once they were on the red carpet.
This kind of thing would always happen despite being prohibited.
It had become an understood fact.

Gu Qingchi was scheduled a little bit towards the end. 

It was just about to be Gu Qingchi’s turn. Xiao Ke was a little nervous.
She tidied up Gu Qingchi one more time.

“Gu ge, do you see the people in front of us? That’s about the speed that you should walk at.
Don’t pay attention to the people behind you.
They’re just here to promote themselves.
Don’t walk too fast or too slow.
If you walk too fast, the photographers might not be able to get your picture.
If you’re too slow, you’ll be made fun of.
This is all being broadcasted live.”

She knelt down and helped Gu Qingchi adjust the leg of his pants.
Then, she immediately stood up.
The star that was in front of them had already reached the end of the red carpet.

“Alright.
It’s our turn.” 

Xiao Ke pushed Gu Qingchi forward.

Before Gu Qingchi was able to step into the spotlight, another actress quickly stepped onto the red carpet.
An assistant sorted out her skirt from behind her.

After sorting everything out, she slowly and gracefully walked out onto the red carpet.

Xiao Ke stomped her feet. 

“It’s Wang Yingling.
She’s been mooching off the red carpet for years.
She’s gotten used to doing whatever she wants.”

Gu Qingchi looked down and comforted her.

“It’s okay.
We can just go after her.”

Xiao Ke sighed helplessly.
Wang Yingling spent a solid four or five minutes walking those ten or so meters of red carpet.
Finally, she reluctantly ended her little stroll when a security guard came and urged her to move it along. 

“Remember, not too fast and not too slow.
Pause for a little bit in the middle.”

Gu Qingchi nodded.
Then, he stepped onto the red carpet.

 

The crowd of photographers had been a cacophony of voices, but, now, they gradually started quieting down.

All that was left was the sound of the camera shutter and the relentless flash of the camera. 

Gu Qingchi stuck strictly to Xiao Ke’s teachings.
He wasn’t fast, and he wasn’t slow.
When he got to the middle, he paused.
He was practically a textbook example of what walking the red carpet should look like.

When he got to the middle of the carpet, he stopped and stood there.

The camera flashes were almost blinding.

There were people behind him shouting out in English. 

“Hey, darling! Turn around! Look over here!”

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