Liu Wen, born on January 27, 1988, is a Chinese fashion model who defied conventional notions of beauty to achieve international success. She was born in Yongzhou, Hunan, China, to a working-class family. Her mother, a nurse, and father, a trader, supported her from a young age to pursue her dreams.
At 17, she entered the "New Silk Road World Model Contest," a local modeling competition, and her journey began. Initially unnoticed, she caught the attention of the international fashion industry in 2008 when she debuted in the Paris runway for Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel.
Breaking through racial barriers, Liu Wen became the first East Asian model to walk the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2009. She further made history in 2010 when Estée Lauder named her as their first Asian global spokesmodel, which signaled a shift towards diversity in the industry.
Over her career, Liu Wen has walked for top fashion houses such as Valentino, Givenchy, Alexander Wang, and Prada. Her charm and work ethic have made her one of the highest-paid models globally, as listed by Forbes.
Liu Wen's influence extends beyond the runway. As a role model for young Asian women, she inspires them to break societal norms and redefine beauty standards. Her efforts in philanthropy, especially with charities in China, underscore her commitment to societal betterment.
Beyond her ground-breaking career in the fashion world, Liu Wen is known for her humility, resilience, and unwavering dedication. Her journey from a humble background to becoming a globally recognized fashion icon signifies her indomitable spirit and illustrates that possibilities are limitless, irrespective of one's origins. Liu Wen continues to shape and transform the fashion industry with her unique perspective and fearless style.
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