It’s hard not to think about Liu Wen when you’re walking past a gigantic photo of her outside a Manhattan H&M store on a regular basis. It’s even harder if you’re standing outside in freezing temperatures just staring at her for a few hours. We’re seriously considering going inside to see if there are any other photos in there. Anyway, our frigid selves are warmed by the happy news that Lie Wen is turning 26 years old today–that being January 27, 2014.
Mark the date so you’ll be ready with a gift next year. Liu Wen will probably still be the hottest supermodel to ever emerge from China–in her case, that being from the city of Yongzhou in the Hunan province. She got her star win the New Silk Road World Model Contest, which is one annual event that deserves more of our attention. Liu Wen didn’t win, and we’d love to see the competition that outdid her.
Liu Wen still came out of the contest as a proper discovery. She had just turned 20 years old when Liu Wen made the cover of Chinese VOGUE, and was soon working (and walking the runway) for the biggest names in fashion. She’s a big enough name to have ranked as the 5th Highest-Paid Model in world via Forbes rankings.
Of course, we’re thinking that Liu really made her mark when she joined the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2009–and followed it up in 2010. She was surprised–since Liu didn’t think she had the curves of a Victoria’s Secret model–but these pics will get you convinced that she fits right in with the likes of Candice Swanepoel , Izabel Goulart, Jasmin Tookes, and Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Looky-Liu for yourself…