China is conquering the film world and the fashion world. So it would make perfect sense to showcase the woman dubbed ‘China’s first bona- fide supermodel’. Liu Wen.
Born on 27th January 1988 in Yongzhou, Hunan Province. Liu was encouraged by her mother to utilise her natural good looks into a modelling career. In 2005, Liu entered the New Silk Road World Model Contest. Though she lost out on the contest, Liu was ‘discovered’. First appearing in the Chinese version of ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ and ‘Vogue’ magazine (hardly low level work). Eventually entering the exclusive world of Haute Couture. Walking the catwalk for the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Burberry and Hermes. As a personal note, anyone who walk the catwalk for Gaultier is superb in my books. As her magazine portfolio, it would be easier to list who Liu has not posed for. ‘GQ’ ‘Vogue’ (Italian, American, British, Germany, Spanish and Chinese), ‘I-D’, ‘V’ and ‘Allure’. Considering how relatively new Liu is to modelling, her litany of fashion campaigns vast. Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, Barney’s New York, Marni, Calvin Klein, Fending and H&M are just some of her collaborations.
However what is most importnat to note is that Liu is breaking racial barriers. Liu was one of the first Asian models to be the face of Estée Lauder and the first Asian model for Victoria’s Secret. Given how multinational the modern world in the sense that migration and mixing of cultures. It seems strange that the fashion world is still so ethnically sterile. That is were I believe Liu’s true power lies, her ability to show that beauty is without borders.