I am by no means a creative person, so when you ask me to conjure up scenarios for my favorite stars to be photographed in, I’d be the first to toss my hand in the air. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t tell when a concept is wacky, leaving the viewer laughing at the product rather than with it. My first reaction at seeing these pictures of Ethan Ruan? Yes, I giggled and pointed my fingers at the dorkiness.
Luckily, the lets-dress-Ethan-like-a-wannabe-cowboy concept may be a spectacular fail, but Ethan’s playful charm saves the entire shot-for-$5-bucks-in-a-studio cheapness and actually wins me over by sheer chutzpah alone. I know Esquire likes to be weird, but what’s wrong with just letting this gorgeous guy just wear those tight jeans and smolder for me.
See, I can’t even begin to explain why there is a bathtub in the middle of a desert, even if the desert is just pretend, much less wrap my mind around why Ethan is (1) sleeping in the bathtub and (2) feel the need to sleep with a patterned travel bag.
Ethan, clearly you need to come visit me, where I can take you surfing on actual waves. Pillow surfing in a pretend desert? That is for wackadoodles.
I seriously think this entire pictorial has no concept. Ethan just wandered into the studio, acted like the goofball he is in real life, and some dude took a few candid pictures and called it a day.
[Credit: Esquire China magazine]