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Fashion Chinese Take-Out Super models from China #2

Fashion Chinese Take-Out Super models from China #2

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black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans

Last week I started to talk about the hottest super model from China, Liu Wen. Check out here for the post!

Today let’s go back in time to see who were the earliest super models from China and how they shaped the Chinese fashion view.

Lu Yan is the first Chinese person who appeared in an international fashion show in 2000 and because of her, there were more and more Chinese and Asian models that started to find the path to the fashion shows in New York and Milan.

I still remember how much confusion we had and offended we felt when we Chinese first heard Lu Yan became the super model. If you read my first post about the super model you may remember, what Chinese like is big eyes, double layered eyelids, a small face, a pointy chin and very pale skin like a doll. Chinese don’t like very strong three-dimensional features, like a clear jaw line or a very tall nose. As you see the picture below, Lu Yan has none of the traditional features to become a beauty for Chinese. In fact if you can believe it, her look is most likely considered ugly!

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Lu Yan is from the rural area of China and started modeling after she was spotted by Nadia, a talent scout from the Metropolitan Agency during a modelling competition. Nadia asked her to come to Paris and she accepted. In November 2000 she finished second in the Metropolitan ‘Top Model’ competition.

She’s walked for everyone from British fashion powerhouse Alexander McQueen to the long revered French House of Lanvin, and now after 15 years in the modeling industry, with no design background, Lu Yan became a luxury fashion designer.

Lu Yan’s unique look consists of high cheekbones and dramatic phoenix-like eyes. Her successful story started the discussion about What is “Beautiful” in China. For a several thousand years old country that has always held the same standard about beauty, it’s been difficult but they have slowly started to accept different type of standards. It is a big shake up for a traditional Asian culture.

The second person who made her name in the world is called Du Juan. Du Juan was born in 1982, in Shanghai, China. She is a fashion model, film actress and also a former ballet dancer. She remains the first and only Asian model to be on the cover of Vogue Paris, and has appeared on the cover of Vogue China a record 12 times, more than any other model or celebrity.

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After 5 years of influence, this time the Chinese were more gentle to Du Juan. Especially since she is closer to the traditional beauty type.

What those earliest Chinese super models did, was not just have a personal career and life changes; they started the sparks of a Chinese fashion revolution. Along with some fashion magizines like VOGUE that entered China more than 15 years ago, there are more and more Chinese who changed their traditional view of beauty and fashion. The loosening up of the culture created a more friendly stage for young talents to show their unique fashion taste!

Here is my new look for today!

black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans

black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans
black long top with jeans

SHOP MY LOOK:

Hat @Saks Off 5th Avenue
Sunglasses @TJ Maxx
Black top @Nordstrom Rack
Pink bag @BEBE
Jeans @Free People
Shoes @DSW @Nine West
Bracelets @My Arm Charms

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how to style blue jean overalls

How to style blue jean overalls

How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls

Yes, the go-to denim style of this summer is the second-graders overalls look. 😉 It is everywhere and it is back and better than ever. Try this easygoing style with a crop top for a night out with the gals or on the weekends with a T-shirt and slip-on sneakers. Want something even more cool and playful? Just add a pair of edgy heels and some mirrored sunglasses. You’ll be the trendiest girl on the street!

How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls

If something can bring a more youthful look to me, I’d love to see it! Of course I must also look polished and elegant. 😉 How do you style your overalls? Are you willing to give it a try this summer?

How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls

My driving story continues below…

How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls

There she is!

We hadn’t been having much luck in finding a car for me. The small town we lived in had very few options and we went through those pretty quickly. So we started looking farther away. My husband worked very near to Detroit so started buying the Detroit news paper to see some of the advertisements. We even would walk through a used car sales lot after they were closed sometimes. One of the problems with shopping for a car is that after my husband got home from work and we ate dinner these places were usually closed. We would try to find new places to go that had a better selection so we could make the most out of our limited time. We finally decided that we would try to visit several of these dealerships on the next Saturday. So we got up early, ate breakfast and headed out. It takes about an hour for us to get to the Detroit area from our small town so it was already late morning before we got to the first cars. Just like at the used car dealers near our town there wasn’t anything we liked; at least not that we could afford. We went to the next place but got the same result. The third dealer was even worse! We had stopped to eat some lunch so by now it was the middle of the afternoon.

How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls

I was beginning to worry that we wouldn’t find anything on this trip too! But there was one more dealer on our list. Let’s see what they have. We got to the lot and took a look and test drive. It was a pretty nice car but just didn’t feel right for me. I was more and more deciding that for my first car we should probably go down in what we were going to pay. We drove back to the lot and told the salesman we weren’t interested. By now the dealer was getting ready to close soon. We figured we may as well take a walk around the lot to see if there was anything that looked good. There in the far corner I saw it. Finally, we found her! A white Ford Taurus. It was in pretty good condition. Maybe a couple small dents and scratches but not bad. It had been driven a lot of miles but because of that the price was right! So we took her (I knew the car was a “she” because she was quite pretty) for a test ride. It was GREAT not having to shift the gears! The car was a little bigger than our little car but not much. So I thought I could get used to it pretty easily. We went back to the dealership and told the salesman that we would take it!

How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls

We Chinese love to bargain when we buy almost anything. Unless you are in a department store you can usually get whatever it is you want to buy cheaper than the asking price. But you have to work at it! So now I went to work! We offered our starting price and the salesman came back with a slight reduction in the price on the car. We went back and forth a few times and finally agreed on a price of $2,500. This wasn’t super cheap but a lot less than most of the cars we had been looking at. We gave them a small deposit and then got back into our little car to drive home. When you buy a car you have to prepare first. It’s not like buying some new clothes or furniture. First you have to get insurance. Then you have to arrange to get a license plate for it. Sometimes you have to get a loan from a bank to pay for it. Anyway, since this was a Saturday and already late afternoon, none of those things would be possible to do until Monday morning. Plus there was one other problem. We didn’t have a way to get the car back to our home! I was still taking my driving lessons so couldn’t drive a car by myself. We had to get back to the dealership with our little car so that meant we needed another driver! Come back to see how we solved that problem!

How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls
How to style blue jean overalls

SHOP MY LOOK:
Yellow sunglasses @Dior
White hat @Meijer
Overall jeans @Guess
Necklace @Rocksbox
Bead wraped bracelet @Rocksbox
Watch and matching bracelet @My Arms Charms
Tee @Banana Republic
Bag @TJ Maxx
Shoes @Nordstrom Rack

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Cheers!

Grace

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