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    BAHAR GULI XinJiang’s Sensation.

    We rarely hear of the ethnic Uighurs community, an enigmatic new face from this little-known part of the world is doing her part to change that.
    Photos by Matthieu Lunard.

    Chinese singer/actor/model Bahar Guli is a native of the far northeastern autonomous province of Xinjiang. This is a Muslim region whose people, the Uighurs, belong to one the biggest minorities in the country alongside the Tibetans. Bahar was discovered in a talent show in 2008 and has since become one the most prolific representatives of the Uighur community in the Chinese media. She sang the Shanghai World Expo theme song in 2010, has appeared in three films, and acted as the face of Shiseido makeup. She’s also cropped up in countless TV shows and fashion magazines. In 2014 she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a master degree in movie production.

    Where did you grow up?
    Urumqi (the capital of Xinjiang).

    Where do you live now? Is that by choice?
    In the United States and yes it is my choice.

    Have you kept your friends from back home?
    I have -  friendship is really important to me.

    How much have you changed, do you think?
    I think it's not about changing. It's about being more mature than before.

    What city/place inspires you most?
    Doesn't matter what city, I just follow my dream.

    What person inspires you most?
    One of my friends.

    Do you feel you are part of a community or do you walk/work alone?
    I don't know. Sometimes I feel like I come from different planet because no one understands me.

    Do you create controversy in what you do, and do you really care?
    If I cared I wouldn't be here.

    What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?
    My hometown. (I miss my family.)

    What's the most beautiful thing someone ever told you?
    I trust you!

    Do you believe in beauty? How important is it for you?
    Are you talking about internal or external beauty? Nothing is more beautiful than a happy smile.

    We often sacrifice a lot for someone/something beautiful - would you/did you ever?
    Yes, my time, my youth, my energy.

    Do you think we all care/talk too much about beauty?
    I think everyone loves beauty; I'm talking about external beauty, I think it's not bad a thing.

    What's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?
    Really old couples holding hands and eating ice cream together like little kids…

    What's the most beautiful thing you've ever done?
    Take care of my mom when she was in the hospital.

    What is the most important thing for you now?
    Be happy; everything will be fine.

    How much of a good thing is too much of a good thing?
    I don't know ~~

    What could be the best thing happening to you right now?
    Have enough money to take care of my parents.

    What would be the worst?
    Despair, loss.

    Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
    Living in a luxurious villa with my family.

    Is there a compliment that annoys you?
    No none.

    Is there a quality you wished you didn't have?
    Too honest.

    Is there a flaw you wished you had?
    Being able to use rhetoric.

    Is there a question you don't want me to ask?
    Why are you so cute.

    Is there a question you wished I asked by I didn't?
    My age.