What’s all the fuss about Chinese models lately? According to estimates, China is set to become the world’s largest market for luxury goods in the next five to seven years. Even today, major labels such as Levi’s, Hermes and Chanel are customizing their lines for Chinese consumers. It’s no wonder then that a new class of Chinese models are stepping into the international spotlight, leaving even established names such as Du Juan to Lv Yan on T-Stage. Here are 10 most famous Chinese models in the world:
- Lin Chi-ling 林志玲
Lin Chi-ling (born 29 November 1974, in Taipei, Taiwan), is a model and actress. Famed for her gentle demeanor and physical beauty, Lin has been referred to as “The First Face of Taiwan” by members of the Taiwanese media, and has been an official spokesperson for both China Airlines and Longines since 2006.Lin’s meteoric rise to fame caused commentators and scholars to coin the phrase “The Lin Chi-Ling Phenomenon”.
- Gaile Lai 乐基儿
Gaile Lai born on August 22, 1980, better known as Gaile Lok, a famous Hong Kong model, magazine cover girl and an actress, was born in Macau, and studied in the United States. As of 2006, Gaile was dating Leon Lai, a Hong Kong actor and singer. With this relationship, she became a target of paparazzi and the media.
- Du Juan 杜鹃
Du Juan was born September 15, 1982 in Shanghai, China, she is a Chinese fashion model and former ballerina. She has been touted as the world’s first international Chinese supermodel.
Du is the first Asian model chosen for the cover shot of the French Vogue, sharing the image with Australian super model Gemma Ward. Meanwhile, five international fashion giants selected her as their global spokesperson, including Louis Vuitton, YSL Rive Gauche, Roberto Cavalli, Gap and Swarovski. And so Du was one of the hottest models in the world in 2006.
- Lynn Hung 熊黛林
Lynn Hung (born 10 October 1980), sometimes credited as her birth name Xiong Dailin, is a Chinese model and actress. Hung was born in Nanjing, China with family roots in Guizhou, China. In 1999, Hung developed her career in Shanghai and became the second runner-up in the “China National Model Competition”. In recent years, Hung went to Hong Kong and started her acting career in the award-winning film Ip Man starring alongside Donnie Yen. She later appeared in films such as All’s Well, Ends Well 2010 and Ip Man 2. She has also acted in Material Queen alongside Vanness Wu in 2011. Hung has been in a serious relationship with Aaron Kwok since 2006.
- Jennifer Tse 谢婷婷
Jennifer Tse or Ting-Ting (born September 7, 1982) is a Hong Kong actress and model who is the sister of Nicholas Tse best known for her role in Bruce Lee, My Brother (2010) when she played the love interest of Bruce Lee (Aaaif Lee) and recently Naked Soldier (2012) when she played a daughter of policeman who was kidnapped and trained as an assassin.