Introducing Ming Xi, One of China’s Hottest Top Models Right Now

 

You may already be familiar with Chinese models Liu Wen and Fei Fei Sun, but be sure to add the Shanghainese-born model, Ming Xi (birth name Xi Mengyao), to your list of models to watch. Not only was she named one of the top 50 supermodels of the world at the age of 24, she is also currently one of fashion’s busiest and most in-demand models.

With her unique features (those eyes!) and willowy limbs, her success came pretty naturally. Two years after graduating with a degree in fashion design at Donghua University, Ming Xi entered the International Elite Model Look competition in 2009 and came in third place. In January the next year, Givenchy’s creative director Richard Tisci personally requested her to walk in the line’s haute couture runway show. The year after, she appeared in Givenchy’s campaigns.

 

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Givenchy fell in love with her, and just like that, so did the rest of the world. The high-profile model has walked for Chanel, Dior and Balenciaga, just to name a few. Most notably, she also walked with some fierce attitude in Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show as one of only four Asian models in the entire show.

 

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Clearly, the girl knows how to work the crowd.

Her success pretty much sky rocketed from there. Michael Kors loves her so much that he sent her to the Met Gala in 2014, where she turned heads in an elegant black and green ball gown. She then flew to China where she walked alongside top American fashion models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Miranda Kerr in Michael Kor’s Shanghai Extravaganza. She also attended his jet-set party for his new flagship store in Shanghai.

 

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Ming Xi, on the right, with Michael Kors and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

 

Despite her success and fame, Ming Xi remains a down-to-earth girl. She told CNN in an interview, “Goals are nice, but with this profession, there is so much that is out of your hands,” she says. “In my opinion, happiness is the most important thing in my life.”

 

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Asians in Fashion: Ming Xi for Zac Posen’s Pre-Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

Chinese fashion model Xi Meng Yao, more commonly known as Ming Xi, was featured in a series of breathtaking shots for fashion designer Zac Posen’s Pre-Fall-Winter 2014 lookbook in French Vogue. 

The lookbook, shot in both color and black-and-white, offers 26 dramatic photos of Ming in sweeping gowns and sharp silhouettes. Posen, known for his sophisticated style and penchant for deep and metallic hues, doesn’t let his fans down with this pre-collection. Ming poses in a variety of navy blue, gray and (of course) black dresses.

“I had no preconceptions about this career, I tend to just go with the flow,” Ming has said in an interview with CNN on her success in the fashion world. The model has walked in shows for countless high fashion brands, including Christian Dior, Alexander Wang and Givenchy. “I never really gave [being a professional model] too much thought before. That said, I absolutely love what I’m doing now.”

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Beauty | Lighten Up with Brightening Cosmetics

Lit from within? The secret is even skintone, as seen on Ming Xi in Vera Wang.
Whitening, lightening or “brightening” cosmetics lines are just starting to take off here in the U.S.

ISSUE: Fall 2011

DEPT: Beauty Kit

STORY: Anna M. Park

You had a glorious, carefree summer of soaking in the sun and now you’re paying the price. The remnants of your golden tan are slowly turning into splotches, courtesy of UVA rays. “Dark spots, discoloration and uneven skin pigmentation are common problems, especially among my Asian patients,” says celeb dermatologist Jessica Wu, author of Feed Your Face. In fact, for Asian skin, it’s typically hyperpigmentation that tends to be the first sign of aging, rather than wrinkles, she says, since Asian skin tends to be thicker.

In fighting brown spots, one of the most commonly used ingredients is hydroquinone, which works “by blocking one step in the skin’s production of pigment,” says Dr. Wu. There’s been some controversy over the safety of hydroquinone (though studies have yet to link the ingredient to cancer in humans), but there are plenty of alternatives like kojic acid, arbutin and soy, which, according to Dr. Wu, has been shown to reduce discoloration in patients with darker skin tones, including Asians.

A multi-faceted approach is key in fighting hyperpigmentation, according to dermatologist Ronald Moy. He recommends retinols or salicylic acid to exfoliate skin, which leads to more rapid skin growth, and then hydroquinone or other pigment inhibitors to block the production of melanin. When over-the-counter creams fail, Dr. Moy turns to laser peels, microdermabrasion, chemical peels or intense pulsed light treatments. “The best laser for treating pigmentation on Asian skin is the long pulsed (not Q-switched) Nd:Yag laser combined with a pulsed dye laser,” he says. “It causes less trauma to Asian skin and there is not as much post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.”

While a booming industry in Asia, whitening, lightening or “brightening” lines are just starting to take off here in the U.S. “U.S. cosmetics companies have finally realized that uneven skin pigmentation, not just wrinkles, can make your complexion look older than its years,” says Dr. Wu. Here, some of our favorites.

  • 1. The cheeky skincare line’s latest brightening collection inspired by their Asian customers. Benefit B.right! Radiant Skincare.
  • 2. Clinically proven to even skintone in 30 days, this natural brightening system uses a superfruit complex of kakadu plum extract and Japanese unshiu peel to lighten without the usual side effects. Jurlique Purely White Skin Brightening line.
  • 3. The newest discovery out of Estée Lauder’s research labs is clinically proven to even skintone in two weeks and is touted to work on all ethnicities. Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator.
  • 4. A unique mushroom extract breaks up dark spots for prescription strength, clinically proven results without the redness. Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.
  • 5. Dr. Moy’s own line features a DNA repair enzyme engineered from marine sources in Iceland to encourage fresh, young cells, while a bleaching agent treats. DNA EGF Renewal DNA Intensive Renewal.
  • 6. From the Korean cult beauty brand, a blend of medicinal herbs to protect from UV light and stimulate circulation. Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Serum.
  • 7. Kiehl’s clinically proven Photo-Age line, formerly only available in Asia, is now exclusively in the U.S. at Kiehl’s Santa Anita Westfield, Arcadia, Calif. Kiehl’s Photo-Age Corrector High-Potency Spot Treatment.
  • 8. With Korean ginseng and licorice, this targeted treatment works to regenerate elastin fibers and release trapped melanin in the deeper layers of the skin. AmorePacific Age Spot Brightening Pen

Asian Models Round-Up: NYFW FW12

Liu Wen in Alexander Wang FW12.

Ming Xi in Badgley Mischka FW12.

Twenty-two-year-old Ming Xi found a boost in her career just two years ago and now she is one of the top Chinese models. Walking for shows such as Zac Posen, Y-3 and Badgley Mischka, she is one of the most sought out Asian models both for the runway and for print.

SHU PEI


Shu Pei in Diane von Furstenberg FW12.

Coming at a close second, Shu Pei walked almost as many shows as Liu Wen for names like Vera Wang, Michael Kors, DKNY, Herve Leger, BCBG Max Azria, J Mendel and Helmut Lang.

SO YOUNG KANG


So Young Kang in Cynthia Rowley FW12.

Making her debut runway in the US in 2010, So Young Kang now walks for over 10 shows at NYFW. This Korean model has been seen in the shows of Badgley Mischka, Cynthia Rowley, Proenza Schouler and Creatures of the Wind.

Newcomer

LINA ZHANG


Lina Zhang in Marchesa FW12.

Chinese model Lina Zhang walked the runways of 3.1 Philip Lim, Tory Burch, Marchesa, Herve Leger, Ralph Lauren and more. That’s quite an accomplishment for a relatively newcomer; she made her debut just last year.

SUNG HEE


Sung Hee in Vivienne Tam FW12.

With so many famous Chinese models, Sung Hee is one of the few top Korean models to appear in NYFW. She walked the shows of Vivienne Tam, Tory Burch and Creatures of the Wind to name a few.

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Sui He in Donna Karan FW12

I first noticed Sui He when she walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Now in the recent NYFW, she has been seen in Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Peter Som, Helmut Lang, Proenza Schouler and more.

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Tian Yi in Rachel Zoe FW12.

At only 17, Tian Yi is a new, young face that we should look out for. Walking for shows such as Vivienne Tam, Rachel Zoe and Rebecca Taylor, she sure has a lot of potential to become a big name in modeling.

XIAO WEN


Xiao Wen in Jill Stuart FW12.

Last but not least, we have Xiao Wen, who’s only 19! Appearing in approximately fifteen shows, she can be seen in 3.1 Philip Lim, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Jill Stuart and DKNY.


Lina Zhang (left) and Sui He (right) in Ralph Lauren FW12.


Xiao Wen (left) and Liu Wen (right) in Oscar de la Renta FW12.


Shu Pei (left) and Xiao Wen (right) in Vera Wang FW12.


Liu Wen in Diane von Furstenberg FW12.


Sui He (left) and So Young Kang (right) in Proenza Schouler FW12.


So Young Kang in Badgley Mischka FW12.


Shu Pei (left) and Lina Zhang (right) in Hervé Léger FW12.


Liu Wen in Victoria Beckham FW12.


Sui He (left) and Shu Pei (right) in Helmut Lang FW12.


Shu Pei in BCBG Max Azria FW12.

All photos courtesy of Asian Models Blog.

Best of 2011: Models

Liu Wen in xoJane.
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Liu Wen in Dazed and Confused (UK).


Liu Wen in Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011.
Liu Wen’s modeling career really skyrocketed last year when she signed with Estee Lauder and became the first East Asian model to ever walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but her success doesn’t stop there. With the most booked shows for the recent New York Fashion Week, you know we had to include Liu Wen in our Best of 2011 models. Appearing in magazines everywhere from West East Magazine (Hong Kong), Vogue (US, Spain, Italia), Elle (China), The Room (Hungary) and Telegraph Magazine (UK), she truly is one of the top supermodels of the world. Continue reading