From the top designer shows in New York to ads for the all-American brand J. Crew, a new group of supermodels is taking center stage. Move over, Heidi, Gisele and Naomi, and make way for Du Juan, Shu Pei and rising star Liu Wen.
This is not about beauty, like come on, who in the world dose not think Asian women are beautiful, that is a given. Having spent some time with rising super star Liu Wen, it is clear that she and I are on the same wave length. Naturally it required all the power of focus to keep my mind to the subject at hand, and not allowing myself to be transported in the everlasting state of Nirvana of a sexual fantasy.
Liu Wen and I agree on one thing. China and Asia is the world’s biggest luxury markets, and no one is going to sell your brand in Asia better then an Asian. It’s that simple.
Is there a show you are particularly excited to walk this year?
Every season of Fashion Week is totally different, so I cannot really choose one. I really like to work with Asian designers. I really like Alexander Wang, also Jason Wu and Anna Sui. But every season of a collection is very different
How did you feel about being the first East Asian face of Estée Lauder?
I felt very, very excited — and surprised. I remember when I was younger and living in Beijing, I saw lots of Estée Lauder posters on the subway. I wished one day I could be a part of that. Now I’m living my dream.
Did you do anything fun for Chinese New Year this year?
No, I was so sad. I’ve missed Chinese New Year for four years. Usually Chinese New Year is in February, but February in New York is Fashion Week and my first season doing fashion week was 2008. And this year, it changed because Chinese New Year was in January, but I was in Paris doing couture, so I missed it again. But in Paris this time, I was with my best friend, and we had Chinese New Year dinner. It was very good, but different.