In an interview with Metro.Style, the best-selling author revealed that he consulted Kris about his characters Paloma and Mercedes Ortiz. According to the book, the Ortiz sisters "come from the oldest and most revered families in the Philippines."
"I had asked my friend Kris Aquino for recommendations on the school of the Ortiz sisters,” Kevin shared.
Kris suggested St. Scholastica’s College to Kevin, a Catholic institution for women which was established in 1906 and managed by the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, Germany.
The author remarked that highlighting the education of his characters was essential to showcase their background. He added that he also utilized it as a means to poke fun at "educational snobs."
Here's a closer look at the cover of my new novel. I'm so grateful to the always amazing designer John Fontana, who designed the hardcover editions of the "Crazy Rich Asians" trilogy, and Clément Dezelus, who created this marvelous illustration. What do you think of the cover? #sexandvanity #july14th
“For me, I wanted to poke fun at that. I wanted to poke fun at educational snobs. I went to public high school, public university, and I thought I had a great education. And then I moved to New York! I was going to parties and I was meeting all these young East Coast elites, and within three minutes of meeting them, they will tell you they went to Harvard, to Princeton, to Stanford—and where did you go?" he shared in the interview.
Kevin added, "Everyone’s always announcing their entire educational resumes. So I wanted to throw it out there in the book, so you cold see and judge them immediately. So it became a funny joke to do."
Kris and Kevin first met in 2017 at the latter's international book tour in Cebu for his book Rich People Problems.
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In 2018, Kris had a cameo in the movie adaptation of Kevin's Crazy Rich Asians novel. Kris portrayed the character of Princess Intan in the blockbuster film.