Fashion Chinese Take-Out Super models from China #2
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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!
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.
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!
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