Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Interview with Model Liu Wen

Liu WenWhen I started blogging on fashion three years ago, I never in my life thought I would have a chance to talk to a Victoria's Secret model, especially not the first Asian model to walk in their famous fashion show. Liu Wen is a rising star in the fashion industry, having snagged appearances in British Vogue & Harper's Bazaar and has walked the catwalks for Chanel, Prada, Gucci and many more! I was able to take up a few minutes of her increasingly busy schedule and ask a few questions:

You entered a modeling contest on a whim in order to win a laptop computer! Did you have any interest in fashion growing up?
Loving fashion is every girl's nature. It's also my motivation to participate in a model competition and become a professional model.

Many women find inspiration from models' personal styles. How would you describe your look and what inspires you (designers, music, painters?)
My style is a little boyish, masculine-feminine, perhaps because I appreciate much those successful and competent women images in films. I don’t really have a special inspiration.

Congrats on being the first Asian model to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show! You looked breathtaking, did you have a special diet and/or beauty regimen in the days before the show?
No special regime. Just at the day of show, I didn’t dare to eat before it. Just looking at the others who were eating all the time, and looking at myself who would wear a bikini with belly exposed, I just dared to drink my vitaminwater and stay hydrated.

As an Asian American myself, I grew up with a less diverse representation of beauty. What do you think has changed in the mentality of the fashion world to make all these opportunities possible for you?
I think it’s because of the fast development of China and the whole Asia. For example, Olympic games or Universal expo which took place and will happen in China/Asia bring attention to us from US and Europe and changed their ideas about us. So they want to be closer to Asia, and bring in some Asian or Chinese stuff.

Your career is a great example of hard work resulting in success! Do you have any words of advice to those whose aspire to work in the fashion industry, particularly young Asian women who view you as a role model?
Any chance is for those who are ready, so i think it's important to try our best to do well what we should, and don't think about what I can get or lose from this all the time. Keep our own style, don't always imitate others, but study how the others succeed or lose.

What do you hope to achieve next in your career?
Of course I hope for more ads and to work with all the great photographers that I have never worked with, and try different styles of fashion stories.

Comments

thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

Awesome interview. You asked some great questions, and she gave really great, in depth answers.

Kassie said...

Ahhh! I love her. She is so cute and this just made me like her more. She seems so down to earth.


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Tiffany said...

Great int. I like Liu Wen, she's getting lots of work.

WendyB said...

So glad you got this interview!

Vinda Sonata said...

interesting! she is such an inspiration. great job for having landed the victoria's secret show. thank you for sharing and have a wonderful xmas :)

Serena from Style on a String said...

The only thing I'm kind of like "WTF?" is that she refused to eat the day before the show, only drinking Vitamin water

Not that I'm trying to say anything against her as a model (GO LIU WEN!) but it's just sad that this is probably not an uncommon thing among models, which is something that passes on to other women who feel "fat"

Fabulous Finds Gal said...

Yes, great interview!

Christina
Fabulous Finds Gal

agenzia di modelle said...

Model Liu Wen is so preety. Really Liu Wen is a rising star in the fashion industry