The romantic comedy-drama film Crazy Rich Asians, based on Kevin Kwan’s English-language novel of the same name, goes on worldwide release from Sunday.
The first trailer for the film, which focuses on the story of a young Asian American woman as she meets her boyfriend's fabulously wealthy parents – reveals the extravagant life of a super-rich Singaporean family.
Of course, the world of “crazy rich” Asians can be seen not only in films: the everyday lives of many of them are revealed on countless blogs on Instagram.
Let’s take a look at the lives of some really rich young Asians – all born with silver spoons in their mouths – who record their lavish lifestyles on Instagram.
Calista and Cleveland Cuaca – and their mother Jamie Chua
Singaporean socialite Jamie Chua and her two children, Calista and Cleveland Cuaca, live a luxurious lifestyle. All of them love to post photos about themselves on Instagram.
The public first became aware of Jamie following her high-profile divorce from her former husband, the Indonesian multimillionaire Nurdian Cuaca, who now pays her child support of US$450,000 a month following their split.
Her daughter, Calista, is a noted Instagram blogger on beauty and fashion with more than 169,000 followers.
As a key opinion leader on streetwear fashion on Instagram, Calista is a frequent guest at fashion shows, where she often wears high-end designer clothes and big, bold statement jewellery that match her urban style.
A post shared by calista (@xcalikins) on Apr 16, 2018 at 12:07am PDT
In the Instagram post above, Calista is wearing an off-white asymmetrical silk chiffon dress, with laser-cut round sequins and ostrich feathers over the skirt, from Rimi Kadi’s couture spring-summer 2018 collection valued at US$15,500 and a Richard Mille RM 007 ladies rose-gold, full-diamond watch. She is also carrying a limited-edition Chanel “Movie camera” Minaudière worth US$14,000.
Calista travels a lot on first-class flights to international fashion events, as well as on family holidays.
The Instagram post above, made during a flight, shows Calista wearing Balenciaga women’s Triple S trainers, worth US$900. On the seat in front of her is a large Maison Margiela Glam Slam bag worth about US$1,850 with a Kaws x AllRightsReserved collaborative Seeing/Watching limited-edition plush key ring, worth about US$50.
Calista has not only a fresh, pretty face, but also a chic and cool wardrobe to match.
She loves wearing clothes with a casual but edgy look, which add a touch of rebellion to her sweet appearance.
A post shared by calista (@xcalikins) on May 11, 2018 at 8:12am PDT
This post above shows Calista dressed in a Fenty x Puma collaboration US$160 women’s laced sweatshirt and a matching Fenty x Puma women’s biker skirt worth US$150, while carrying an Off-White cross-body bag.
Calista says her favourite brands include Christian Dada, Off-White and Vetements.
This post above shows Calista wearing a Christian Dada hand-embroidered knit patch-and-flare rib jersey dress and Guidi front-zip ankle boots, worth HK$10,796 (US$1,380), and carrying a tiny black Hermès Birkin bag.
For Calista’s ninth birthday her mother bought her a heart-shaped solitaire pendant and a matching ring for her future wedding valued at US$300,000.
Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing Mommy! You inspire me everyday, but this instagram post wouldn’t be able to show even a sliver of my love and admiration for you Please continue being yourself, the best mommy ever! I wouldn’t want to have it any other way ️
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Calista is pictured on the right with her mother in the post above, which shows her wearing the heart-shape pendant and her mother wearing the matching ring.
Jamie told The Singapore Women’s Weekly: “All my jewellery pieces will eventually be hers anyway, but this particular set is significant.”
The single mother to Calista and son, Cleveland, is also an entrepreneur in the beauty and fashion industry.
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The youthful looks, impeccable skin and slender figure of the 44-year-old, pictured in this post above, mean that she and Calista look more like sisters than mother and daughter, and are often pictured indulging themselves together while buying luxurious items.
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The post above, taken while they were shopping in a Moschino store, shows Calista in a white-hooded sweatshirt with crying eyes and logo print worth US$463, while carrying a Moschino face and logo shopper handbag worth US$725.
Her mother is dressed in a black leather waistcoat worth US$541, and wearing a silver Richard Mille watch, and is carrying a Moschino face and washing powder leather cross-body bag worth HK$5,200.
Jamie prefers to wear clothes in classic designs.
She is also one of the world’s biggest collectors of Hermès bags.
As can be seen from the post below, she has a dedicated room at her home featuring enormous see-through glass wardrobes where she stores many luxury clothes and designer bags.
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Jamie and her two children often post photos of themselves on holiday together, or out dining at high-class restaurants.
Cleveland, 23, is also an avid blogger on Instagram, with 41,700 followers.
The eligible bachelor often receives romantic messages and comments from his followers.
He is a big fan of training shoes and some of his friends have nicknamed him the “caterpillar” because he sometimes buys numerous pairs of identical shoes.
Cleveland’s post above shows him with many matching pairs of Adidas – Yeezy Boost 350 “Pirate Black” trainers, each pair worth about HK$1,475.
Cleveland is also a big fan of skiing, ice-skateboarding, motorcycling and other extreme sports.
A post shared by Cleveland (@zoned20out) on Apr 25, 2016 at 6:51am PDT
Emily Qi and Vivian Wang
Emily Qi and Vivian Wang are regarded as the “rich, fair-skinned and pretty” sisters in mainland China.
The two Instagram bloggers pictured below, with Emily on the left, are good friends from wealthy and influential Chinese families.
Emily’s father, Qi Jianhong, is the president of the car showroom and watch distribution divisions of China Sparkle Roll Group – a major Chinese investment holding company involved with luxury sports car and jewellery brands in China, including Lamborghini, Bentley and Richard Mille – and has an estimated net worth of 13 billion yuan (US$2.3 billion).
He makes investments in the film and media industry and is a close friend of Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan.
Vivian’s father, Wang Zhonglei is the co-founder, general manager and vice-chairman of Huayi Brothers Media Group, an entertainment company which works with leading stars of film and television in China.
Both Emily and Vivian are big pop music fans and – thanks to their families – are able to approach their favourite stars much more than other fans.
The duo often show up in the front row at major concerts and often attend events alongside their idols.
Vivian, 20, is a big fan of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO.
She even went backstage at one of the band’s concerts to take a photo of members of the group, to the envy of many other EXO fans.
Both Instagram bloggers love fashion and design.
Vivian is a student at the ArtCenter College of Design in California, while Emily, who loves sporty clothing and streetwear, runs her own clothing store on Taobao.com, the leading Chinese online shopping website, which is part of Alibaba Group, the Chinese multinational conglomerate which owns South China Morning Post.
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The post above by Emily shows her wearing a pair of Adidas – Yeezy SPLY 350 V2 black and white trainers, valued at about HK$6,800.
American-Chinese Instagram blogger Rigel was born in the United States and moved back to China with her family at the age of 14.
She blogs on fashion and has 373,000 Instagram followers.
In the post above Rigel is wearing a Chanel knitted dress.
Growing up in a rich family in the US helped Rigel to become an expert at mix and matching streetwear with high-end luxury clothes to create her own bold urban style.
In the post above, Rigel is wearing Gosha Rubchinskiy combo checked trousers worth US$243 and a Burberry logo stretch bra top worth HK$2,100.
“[Even though] you know you have a lot of luxury pieces, you don’t have to wear them altogether,” Rigel told Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily.
In this post above, Rigel is holding a grey Hermès Kelly 25 handbag, worth HK$158,000.
Rigel comes from an influential Chinese family; her grandfather, Geng Biao, who died in 2000, was a senior member of China’s Communist Party, while her mother, Geng Hong, is chairwoman of a Shanghai business consulting company.
However, the 29-year-old is able to support herself.
Rigel is a blogger and entrepreneur; she owns fashion shop Vanitas, which has branches in Shanghai and Taiwan.
She often travels to Europe, especially Paris, as a fashion buyer for her brand.
The young entrepreneur – pictured above with Richard Stark, co-owner-designer of American fashion brand, Chrome Heart – is also a model and is often invited to attend fashion events, where she hangs out with supermodels Bella Hadid – pictured below, far left, with Rigel (centre) – and Jesse Jo Stark.
A post shared by Rigel Davis (@rigeldavis) on Apr 3, 2018 at 9:57pm PDT
Atwell Tay, another keen Instagram blogger, was born into a rich Singaporean family.
His father is a businessman and his mother works in the finance industry.
Atwell was given a US$162,000 Lotus Elise sports car from his mother as a birthday gift, with a note left inside saying: “No driving while drinking. No reckless driving. No racing.”
A post shared by Atwell ️ 郑伟明 (@find_tay) on Nov 15, 2015 at 8:09am PST
His post on Instagram showing the note – along with his vow to keep his promise – was widely shared by his 10,000 followers.
A post shared by Atwell ️ 郑伟明 (@find_tay) on Nov 8, 2015 at 7:37pm PST
The Lotus is not the only sports car that Atwell owns. His luxury car collection includes a Maserati, Jaguar and a Ferrari.
A post shared by Atwell ️ 郑伟明 (@find_tay) on Jan 13, 2016 at 3:23am PST
Atwell is also an avid collector of luxury timepieces.
In an interview with the Singapore tabloid, The New Paper, he admitted that he owns 24 luxury watches, including those made by Rolex, Breitling, Hublot and U-Boat.
One of his most expensive timepieces is a US$22,000 Rolex Cellini – but his collection is still expanding.
Chryseis Tan, another regular Instagram blogger, is the CEO of the Malaysian twin tower, hotel and shopping complex, Berjaya Times Square.
She also looks after her family’s many business ventures in Malaysia and abroad, including the La Juiceria fresh juicing business and Four Seasons Hotel chain.
Chryseis was born into a wealthy Malaysian family.
Her father, Vincent Tan, who has a net worth of US$820 million, is the chairman and chief executive of the Berjaya Group and best known in Britain as owner of the newly promoted English Premier League soccer club, Cardiff City.
His honorary title “Tan Sri” is awarded to people for their contribution to the Malaysian nation.
Happy birthday Dad! 66 & still working hard. Dad, you’re an inspiration to many and esp to us! We say this every year but thank you for everything you do for all of us. We wish you good health and less stress in the future We love you more than you can imagine ️️️ :: #berjayagroup #malaysia //
A post shared by ♕ Chryseis Tan ♕ 陈雪铃 (@chrystan_x) on Feb 23, 2018 at 2:01am PST
In February Chryseis, 29, married Faliq Nasimuddin, the son of the late billionaire Nasimuddin Amin, who founded one of the biggest Malaysian motor-trade conglomerates, Naza Group.
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Chryseis also has a passion for fashion. She has a penchant of tailor-made Malaysia traditional clothing, baju kurung, and local Malaysian brands.
Chryseis also raised funds for the development of an app for online fashion and beauty shopping, called Goxip.
A post shared by ♕ Chryseis Tan ♕ 陈雪铃 (@chrystan_x) on May 13, 2018 at 9:10pm PDT
This Instagram post above shows Chryseis wearing an Ivan Young silk ruffle-tiered midi dress worth about HK$2,600.
She also has a close relationship with Louis Vuitton Malaysia and was invited to Paris to attend the luxury brand’s fashion collection show.
A post shared by ♕ Chryseis Tan ♕ 陈雪铃 (@chrystan_x) on Mar 7, 2018 at 8:22pm PST
In this Instagram post above she is wearing a Louis Vuitton white leather gilet worth HK$42,500, silk and wool belted Louis Vuitton trousers worth HK$13,500 and a Louis Vuitton belt valued at HK$6,000.