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Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong
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Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964
Anna May Wong, 3 Jan 1905 - 3 Feb 1961
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 35.5 × 27.8 cm (14 × 10 15/16")
Mat: 71.3 × 55.9 cm (28 1/16 × 22")
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Glass
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Top hat
Anna May Wong: Female
Anna May Wong: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Carl Van Vechten Trust
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Marlene Dietrich’s influence on other women cannot be underestimated. In this photograph, Anna May Wong, who co-starred with Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932), wears a man’s tuxedo suit and top hat. The first person to do so in the public eye was Dietrich, who identified consistently and without apology as a bisexual woman. Dietrich had a palpable influence on Wong since 1930, when they celebrated with Leni Riefenstahl at the Reinmann Art School Ball.
No podemos subestimar la influencia que ejerció Marlene Dietrich sobre otras mujeres. En esta foto, Anna May Wong, quien coprotagonizó con ella Shanghai Express (1932), lleva un esmoquin con sombrero de copa. La primera mujer que se atrevió a esto en público fue Dietrich, quien se identificaba con insistencia y sin reparos como bisexual. La influencia de Dietrich sobre Wong resulta palpable desde 1930, cuando ambas coincidieron con Leni Riefenstahl en el baile de la Academia de Arte Reinmann (foto abajo).
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