Chuando Tan

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Chuando Tan
Chuando Tan picture.jpg
Born3 March 1966
EducationDiploma in Graphic Design and Photography
Alma materNayang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)

Chuando Tan (born 3 March 1966) is a Singaporean public figure who is known for his modelling and photography work in the fashion industry. He is also the founder of the international modelling agency, AVE Management. Since creating his Instagram account in February 2015, he has gained 1,100,000 followers as of June 2020.

Background[edit | edit source]

In July 2017, Chuando made local and international headlines when a Chinese news site broke a viral story featuring his Instagram profile.[1] His youthful looks and physique despite his age were well-received by publications like The New York Post[2] and The Daily Mail.[3]

Chuando pictured on the cover of 8Days in 2017. Photo from Ave Management.

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

Chuando pictured with his father, Tan Tee Chie who was a visual artist based in Singapore. Photo credit to 8Days Singapore.

Chuando was born in Singapore where he grew up in Toa Payoh.[4] His father was the late Chinese ink artist, Tan Tee Chie who passed away on 29 January 2011.[5][6] Chuando's mother passed a few years earlier in 1997.[7] He has an older sister, Dan Nian, and an older brother, Chuan Da.[8] In an interview with 8Days Singapore published in September 2017, ChuanDo shared that he had a good relationship with his father. He says:

"I looked up to him a lot. He did right by everything to be a good father, husband and teacher. I don’t see anything bad in him at all."[9]

Chuando grew up being surrounded by art and literature. In an interview with 8Days Singapore in the 1990s, his late father shared that their family flat in Toa Payoh was filled with "... all kinds of literature: the collected works of Lu Xun, art books, magazines".[10]

Education[edit | edit source]

Chuando went to Nanyang Primary School. He completed his GCE 'O' level examinations at Pei Dao Secondary school.[11] Before graduating with a diploma from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 1992,[12][13] Chuando was a private pre-university student.[14]

Fashion[edit | edit source]

ChuanDo joined the fashion industry as a model during his teenage years. Since retiring from commercial and professional modelling, he has established a career as a fashion photographer. As of June 2020, he also runs the modelling agency, Ave Management.

Rita Ora pictured by ChuanDo & Frey for L'Officiel Singapore. Photo credit to Chuando & Frey.

ChuanDo & Frey - Fashion photographer (2006 - present day)[edit | edit source]

Chuando co-founded the photography firm, ChuanDo & Frey with Frey Ow in 2006. The duo first met at a Metro commercial shoot when Chuando was already a photographer. Frey worked as Chuando's assistant for eight years before the two established a partnership.[15] Over the years, Chuando and Frey have worked with clients ranging from musicians like Janet Jackson and Rita Ora to public figures like Maggie Q and Angela Yeung Wing (Angelababy).[16][17] Their work has been featured in notable fashion publications like L'Officiel Singapore[18] and Esquire.[19]

AVE Management - Founder (2004 - present day)[edit | edit source]

According to the business' website, AVE Management was founded in 2004 by Chuando and Frey.[20] The model management company has discovered Singaporean models such as Serene Chew and Colin Wee who both broke into the international high-fashion industry under AVE Management's representation.[21]

Carrie Models - Model (1981 - 1996)[edit | edit source]

Chuando started modelling at 16 years old.[22] He was managed by the modelling agency, Carrie Models and scored gigs with name brands such as Tangs and Metro who engaged him for their advertisements.[23] By the end of his modeling career in the 1990s, Chuando had also modelled for international shows in Milan, Italy.[24]

Show business[edit | edit source]

Chuando dabbled in the show business industry during his twenties. He was a Mandopop singer under the stage name, Chen Yufei.[25][26] In April 2018, Chuando relocated to China to explore opportunities in acting.[27]

Singing - 远走高飞 (1993)[edit | edit source]

According to National Library Board (NLB) Music SG, ChuanDo has one album titled '远走高飞'.[28] The digitised album insert claims that the album was released in 1993 and recorded by Accord Music Production.[29] The album has ten tracks.[30]

Acting - Precious Is The Night (2020)[edit | edit source]

In 2019, it was revealed that Chuando would be making his silver-screen debut in a thriller-mystery.[31] The film's title, Precious Is The Night was only announced a year later.[32][33] Chuando had been approached by the directors, Wayne Peng and Lim Sau Hoong, to act as a wealthy family's private doctor in the upcoming film.[34]

Year Title Role Refs.
2020 Precious Is The Night Main Character [35]

The film is expected to be released in cinemas by the end of the year.[36]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. "He's 50? Singapore model-turned-photographer Chuando Tan wows social media with youthful looks, buffed physique". The Straits Times. July 24, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  2. Gollayan, Christian. "This is what 50 looks like — if you work out right". The New Post. July 25, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  3. Tweedy, Jo. "Singaporean male model defies the ageing process with ripped abs and baby-face skin – so, can YOU guess how old he is?". The Daily Mail. July 25, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  4. Tan, Sumiko. "Lunch With Sumiko: How does Chuando Tan, 51, look like this?". The Straits Times. August 19, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  5. Boey, Daniel. "From The Straits Times archives: Chuando, the fashion revolutionary". The Straits Times. April 17, 2006. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  6. "VISUAL ARTIST - TAN TEE CHIE". Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  7. Tan, Sumiko. "Lunch With Sumiko: How does Chuando Tan, 51, look like this?". The Straits Times. August 19, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  8. Boey, Daniel. "From The Straits Times archives: Chuando, the fashion revolutionary". The Straits Times. April 17, 2006. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  9. Yip Jieying. "What Is Internet Sensation Chuando Like In Real Life?". 8 Days. September 9, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  10. "When 8 DAYS Did A Shoot With Hot 50-Year-Old Photog Chuando And His Dad in 1993". 8Days. July 28, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  11. Tan, Sumiko. "Lunch With Sumiko: How does Chuando Tan, 51, look like this?". The Straits Times. August 19, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  12. Chuando. Facebook. June 7, 2020. Accessed on 22 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/chuando.official/
  13. Yip Jieying. "What Is Internet Sensation Chuando Like In Real Life?". 8 Days. September 9, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  14. Boey, Daniel. "From The Straits Times archives: Chuando, the fashion revolutionary". The Straits Times. April 17, 2006. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  15. Yip, Jieying. "Shooting Chuando, Cecilia Cheung, Janet Jackson (And More) Is Part Of Frey Ow's Job". 8Days. September 21, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  16. "He's 50? Singapore model-turned-photographer Chuando Tan wows social media with youthful looks, buffed physique". The Straits Times. July 24, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  17. Yip, Jieying. "Shooting Chuando, Cecilia Cheung, Janet Jackson (And More) Is Part Of Frey Ow's Job". 8Days. September 21, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  18. "HAUTE TROPIC". Chuando & Frey. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  19. "LET'S GET SERIOUS". Chuando & Frey. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  20. "A BRIEF HISTORY". AVE Management. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  21. Boey, Daniel. "From The Straits Times archives: Chuando, the fashion revolutionary". The Straits Times. April 17, 2006. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  22. "When 8 DAYS Did A Shoot With Hot 50-Year-Old Photog Chuando And His Dad in 1993". 8Days. July 28, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  23. Boey, Daniel. "From The Straits Times archives: Chuando, the fashion revolutionary". The Straits Times. April 17, 2006. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  24. "When 8 DAYS Did A Shoot With Hot 50-Year-Old Photog Chuando And His Dad in 1993". 8Days. July 28, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  25. Tan, Sumiko. "Lunch With Sumiko: How does Chuando Tan, 51, look like this?". The Straits Times. August 19, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  26. Yip Jieying. "What Is Internet Sensation Chuando Like In Real Life?". 8 Days. September 9, 2017. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  27. Yip Jieying. "Hunkle model-photographer Chuando Tan stars in new local movie Precious Is The Night". TODAY Online. September 16, 2018. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  28. "远走高飞". NLB Music SG. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  29. NLB Music SG. Accessed on 22 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/music/Media/PDFs/Album/1b4234c2-67ac-42b1-bbcc-c562285050a6.pdf
  30. "远走高飞". NLB Music SG. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  31. Yip, Jieying. "Chuando, 53, Is Playing A Doctor With Nude Sex Scenes In His Upcoming Movie". 8Days. September 15, 2019. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  32. Tseng, Douglas. "First Look: Chuando Tan’s Upcoming Sexy Thriller Has A Title Now — Precious Is The Night". TODAY Online. June 1, 2020. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  33. Lui, John. "Chuando Tan to play doctor in debut film Precious Is The Night". The Straits Times. June 3, 2020. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  34. Yip, Jieying. "Chuando, 53, Is Playing A Doctor With Nude Sex Scenes In His Upcoming Movie". 8Days. September 15, 2019. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  35. Wong, Joan. "Hunkle model-photographer Chuando Tan stars in new local movie Precious Is The Night". Asia One. June 2, 2020. Accessed on 22 June 2020.
  36. Rachelle. "Creative Power Couple to Debut Feature Film 'Precious Is The Night'". InCinemas SG. June 1, 2020. Accessed on 22 June 2020.