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Music sensation Bebe Rexha talks fashion and food in Hong Kong

Words: Johannes Pong

American singer and songwriter Bebe Rexha is one of music’s hottest young stars. She has collaborated with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and David Guetta, and her single In the Name of Love with Martin Garrix was a worldwide hit. During her stay at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, she tells us about two of her passions: fashion and food.

What’s your impression of Hong Kong?
It’s so diverse, it’s very exciting. Everyone speaks English here and it feels very international. I was just in Beijing and it was harder to communicate with people there. Here, I can walk up to anyone and ask a question and they can answer in English, so that’s convenient for me. And Hong Kong is so beautiful and bustling.

We heard over the grapevine that you didn’t waste any time and went shopping straight away. Where did you go and what did you purchase?
Yes I went big time shopping, all within Landmark. I went to Saint Laurent and got a bag I’ve wanted for a long time, with a matching wallet. And also a sweater. I got a cute raincoat from Louis Vuitton, and a dope pair of Gucci shades. I do give myself a budget, I don’t go completely overboard.

What’s your style of late?
For airports and planes, I like comfortable two-piece trainers. On stage, I like to mix urban with high-end, a bit of rock n’ roll. I’m very inspired by Blondie and Madonna for this look right now. I’m wearing Dolce & Gabbana (and a corset) from head to toe and I’m begging them to let me keep it.

Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha

And you’re a big foodie as well. Do you like to cook?
I love to cook. I do a lot of Italian. My dad taught me how to make pizza. And I love our Albanian food at home. We have this thing called pite or byrek, basically layers of filo pastry filled with meat, onions, feta cheese and cabbage. It’s soooo good. I love carbs, obviously (pointing to her voluptuous, corseted figure).

What’s your fitness regime like on tour then?
Travelling around the world, my team and I want to eat all there is to offer in a different country or city, so I’ve gained like fifteen pounds already. We had to go to the gym at four this morning, to get back into fitness mode like Britney, and it sucks.

So, what is the favourite thing you have eaten in Hong Kong?
We went to the old Mandarin Oriental for Man Wah’s classic Peking duck. I actually love Peking duck so much.

Did you try any dim sum?
I had dim sum in Beijing and then Peking duck in Hong Kong. Should it be the other way around? Oh well, next time!

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