Many of the brands that Ruan Tian usually endorsed had unexpectedly been stolen away by Shi An. Even some of the brands that she had already signed contracts with unexpectedly suddenly backed out at the last moment.
Shi An had recently made her debut after starring in a literary film directed by Shao Chengyue’s father. This film hadn’t been released yet, but many brands still had great confidence in her ability to soar in the sky in the future.
Moreover, Shi An’s endorsement fees were much lower than Ruan Tian’s fees, so it was a bargain these brands didn’t want to pass up.
Jiang Lili felt like she was being angered to death by the opponent’s tactic of undercutting them in price.
However, Shi An was definitely rich enough, so she could do whatever she wanted.
Thanks to this, Ruan Tian’s endorsements were cut off one after another, and the magazines that had previously agreed to put her on the cover also suddenly backed out.
Shi An used the most direct method to show Ruan Tian that, in this industry, if you weren’t famous enough you could only be trampled by your enemies.
Midway through the month, Ruan Tian happened to run into Shi An at a fashion dinner, where she was sitting at a table with several magazine editors, talking and laughing.
Shi An glanced up and noticed Ruan Tian, so walked over with her glass of wine. She smiled and said, “Long time no see.”
Ruan Tian didn’t really want to see this person, but she still replied: “Indeed.”
Shi An took a sip of her wine and said in a low voice, “You haven’t been getting many resources recently, it hasn’t been easy, right?”
Ruan Tian remained calm and replied, “It’s fine.”
I’m already used to it. She added silently in her heart.
Or to put it another way, this move definitely wouldn’t work on her!
Shi An raised her eyebrows coldly and her face turned frosty. She leaned forward and slightly parted her red lips, then whispered in Ruan Tian’s ear, “Ruan Tian, your hard days have only just begun.”
Shi An was completely unaware that Ji Wangjiang had also previously wanted to act against Ruan Tian, only to ultimately end up quitting the industry and fleeing abroad to “further his studies”. Thanks to that, she still regarded Ruan Tian as an easy-to-crush persimmon.
However, the Shi family and the Ji family were at about the same level. They were rich and could barely be considered to have a foothold in the capital, but when compared with the four big families they didn’t even have the qualifications to speak.
Ruan Tian felt this matter was somewhat inexplicable. She asked, “Are you doing this because of Zhou Xiaoqiao?”
She felt amazed. The charm of the heroine was so strong, it captured both men and women indiscriminately.
Shi An said, “You just disgust me.”
She swirled her wine and said with a contemptuous smile, “I’ve seen the pictures of you when you were a child and I guess it’s true when they say that even pitiful people have wretched qualities. A person who grew up in a garbage dump, it’s no wonder the rotten stench of those inferior people still clings to you.”
In her life Ruan Tian had already had people try to humiliate her because of her background n number of times, so she was very indifferent to this kind of insult. She calmly met Shi An’s eyes and replied slowly: “If I am an inferior person, I will just be an inferior person.”
After a pause, she continued, “However, you’re not even a person.”
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(tl note: This line written in English in the raw.)
Shi An felt like she wasn’t gaining any advantage by arguing in public like this, so she just sneered and returned to her seat.
She calmly returned to talking and laughing with the magazine editors at her table.
One of them spoke up, “I recently heard that Ruan Tian seems to be with the young master from the Qin family?”
Shi An smiled. “Isn’t it just Ruan Tian making things up herself? There’s no way that Qin Yu could like her, hehe.”
The man smiled along and said, “En, I really don’t understand this type of person who always tries to act innocent. She’s just a bottom feeder trying to climb up, who is she pretending for? I really don’t know what her fans like about her.”
The people around the table roared with laughter.
Another person spoke up to flatter Shi An, “AnAn, isn’t the movie you made with Director Shao releasing soon?”
“Yes, it will be out next Saturday.”
“I’m sure your movie will do well both with the critics and the box office. It looks like it won’t be long before our AnAn is a big star.”
Shi An made a show of being modest and demure on the outside but, inside, she completely agreed with these words.
The day her movie released would definitely be the day she became a star!
Even Ruan Tian could tell how much importance Shi An attached to this movie thanks to the sudden and indiscriminate explosion of marketing and promotion that began two days before the movie came out.
Even before the movie came out, there were already countless related topics climbing the hot search.
It seemed that even while the marketing accounts were working like crazy to push Shi An’s image, she still felt the need to step on Ruan Tian a little to feel comfortable in her heart!
And thanks to the vigorous marketing campaign, ticket pre-sales shot up like crazy and the film grossed more than 100 million on its first day.
Ruan Tian also joined in on the excitement and bought a movie ticket with the intention to go and take a look.
However, Jiang Lili advised her not to go and make herself feel uncomfortable.
After all, it was looking like Shi An might really be about to soar.
But her words didn’t manage to stop Ruan Tian.
On the day of the premiere, Ruan Tian went to see the earliest showing. It was a two-hour movie and, after watching it, Ruan Tian had only three words to say: I don’t understand.
She felt that Shi An’s dream of being a superstar was about to be broken.
Moreover, all that marketing money had probably been wasted.
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