It’s the time of the season! The Who’s Earned What in Supermodel Land Forbes rankings on August 30 saw the dark ink of (digital) press. As ye ole Chinese proverb goes, the palest ink is better than the best memory. Liu Wen, crowned “China’s First Supermodel”, rose up high in the Forbes listings once more, raking in an easy-breezy $7 million in 2016.

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Tian Yi, Du Juan, Liu Wen, Emma Pei, Sun Feifei, Shu Pei, Liu Yifei, He Sui, Ming Xi, you name them, have been ruling runways form Shanghai to New York  and bagging brand endorsements from Bread’nButter to Balenciaga. The Middle Kingdom has generated a new generation of TopShop models ((超模, literally “extreme model”) who have been taking over the fashion spreads for the past 8 years. A treat of tasty, tempting, toothsome rapture, the real question becomes: How did models go from “starlet” to “super”?

Social media in general is one big Bonfire of the Vanities; no complaints here. China is no exception to this 21st Century rule. The West may not have the access to/ knowhow of China’s very own social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been banished from most devices  a long, long time ago), but we are not talking about The Emperor’s New Clothes here.

Featured image: Xu Naiyu (徐乃郁) for Fashionunited.

 

A quickie for the lovers. Embellishing upon that ever-fury-inducing hot topic of “body image”, especially after this week’s earlier report on Chinese social media platform Weibo’s latest fad called “iPhone6 legs“, we came across a very interesting FashionUnited read — via Agence France Presse. Behold!

China Fashion Find: In anticipation of bigger and better China Dragon design stories, we got a few new kids on the block coming up soon, a China social media tidbit brought to us by firm favorite Whatsonweibo. And unlike the featured image may lead you to believe, this is not about one of the China feline’s most beloved accessories. Or is it…