Local artists named among 100 most influential celebrities in Asia
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The list honours various celebrities from across the Asia-Pacific region who have taken the digital world by storm, according to Forbes Asia.
A total of 100 musicians, bands, film and TV stars with a strong social media presence are featured in the list. With millions of followers across a range of popular platforms, these celebrities have maintained their relevance and popularity throughout this challenging period by leveraging the power of social media.
Most notably, many have also exerted their influence in an effort to support plenty of worthy causes, including those that focus on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to Forbes Asia.
Among the top 100 are three Vietnamese representatives.
Included in the list is 27-year-old Chi Pu who is an actress, model, producer, singer, and TV host. “With over 19 million social media followers, Chi, whose real name is Nguyen Thuy Chi, is one of Vietnam’s most popular female celebrities. A model-turned-actress and singer, her music video “Anh oi o lai” has over 92 million views on YouTube. She donated US$50,000 this year to local COVID-19 relief efforts,” Forbes Asia wrote.
32-year-old singer Dong Nhi is another local celebrity to make the top 100. Nhi is one of Vietnam’s most beloved stars, with 2.3 million followers on Instagram, 8.4 million on Facebook, and 858,000 on TikTok, according to Forbes Asia.
“After failing an audition for Vietnam Idol in 2007, Nhi, whose real name is Mai Hong Ngoc, started posting songs to social media platforms until her boyfriend and now husband Ong Cao Thang became her manager and helped propel her to stardom,” reported Forbes Asia.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese actor, emcee, and comedian Tran Thanh, 33, is Vietnam’s best known TV host with 29 million followers on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Known for his impersonations of other Vietnamese celebrities, he was named Outstanding Celebrity Star in the 2019 Metub WebTV-Asia Awards in Ho Chi Minh City, the magazine wrote.
The Asian list also includes famous names from the region, such as actor Lee Min Ho and girl band Twice, both from the Republic of Korea, actress Davika Hoorne of Thailand, actress Marian Rivera-Dantes from the Philippines, in addition to Japanese actress and comedian Naomi Watanabe.
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