Liu Wen, born 27 January, 1988, is a Chinese fashion model based in New York City. She is the first model of East-Asian descent to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the first spokesmodel of East-Asian descent for Estée Lauder and the first East-Asian model to ever make Forbes’s Magazine annual highest-paid models list. In 2012, the New York Times named her ‘China’s first bona fide supermodel.’ She became the first Chinese model to ever appear on the cover of American Vogue in 2017.
Liu Wen has garnered a heavy social media following on platforms such as Instagram and Weibo. The immensity of her audience led American Vogue to dub her as a leader in the digital movement, saying in their April 2014 issue that: ‘Liu Wen also has, by far, the biggest social audience of any model.’
In the past, she has said that after modelling she might enjoy working as a stylist or, were the opportunity to arise, as an actress – she feels that modelling and acting have much in common, but for now she enjoys modelling and working in the fashion industry. Her fashion style is tomboyish, vintage and comfortable with the world. And to top it all, Liu Wen has said in the press many times that she has never had a boyfriend and remains without one. Dig that if you can!
A woman of her calibre – elegant, distinctly different with an Eastern poise the like of which we have rarely seen – is destined to break many a heart and yet rise above it all, untarnished by her environment.
For these qualities, I choose her as my Woman of the Week.