Bowie's China Girl, Geeling Ng, remembers 'warm and engaging' star
David Bowie's China Girl, model and actress Geeling Ng, has expressed her sadness over the singers death.
"I'm really shocked," Ng said in an interview with the NZ Herald.
"When you work with someone like David, it's really sad.
"He was the most incredibly talented person ... so warm and engaging."
It was the opportunity of a lifetime when Auckland girl Ng landed the starring role in David Bowie's China Girl music video.
Plucked from a room full of "china-doll looking girls", Ng describes the experience as a "dream."
"It was such an odd dream. It was like someone else's dream," says Ng, who now goes by her married name Geeling Ching.
"I'm immensely proud, utterly proud to be China Girl, I'll go to my grave with that.
"I'm blessed to have been part of that incredible talent, with someone who has changed the world of music ... not just music, but the face of fashion, makeup, everything."
At its release, Bowie's hit China Girl soared up the 1983 music charts.
The video was directed by film-maker David Mallet and shot predominantly in the Chinatown district of Sydney, Australia.
As with his earlier video Let's Dance, Bowie described the video as a "very simple, very direct" statement against racism, through a parody of "Asian female stereotypes".
The original video release includes references to the film From Here to Eternity.
Bowie's China Girl gained critical recognition, winning the MTV video Award for Best Male Video during the year of its release.