Chinese supermodel Ming Xi (Mengyao “Ming” Xi) was born on March 8, 1990 in Shanghai. Her playfully protruding ears and prominent cheekbones have become the hallmark by which a girl from the Middle Kingdom is recognized around the world. She loves her native country, respects her traditions and remains faithful to her Chinese idols, including actor Ki Hong Lee and singer Hong Yu.
Height: 178 cm;
Chest-Waist-Hips: 79-60-89 cm;
Hair color: black;
Eye color: dark brown;
Member of the agencies: The Society Management (New York), Elite (Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Toronto), Storm Model Management (London), Model Management (Hamburg), Munich Models (Munich), Donna Models ( Tokyo).
Photos – Min Xi at Just Cavalli
Ming on the show Just Cavalli
The girl began her modeling career in 2009, after she took 3rd place in the Elite Model Look competition held by the Elite Model agency, which immediately signed a contract with her. Having received the support of such a strong player in the European modeling market, Min Xi left her native China and settled in Europe, where she began a chaotic lifestyle of an international model. In 2010, she signed a contract with Ford Models, who also managed to see the potential in an Asian girl radiating energy and positive. To become successful in the fashion world, which is so fickle, Min Xi had to work 7 days a week, because that’s the only way you can earn the status of a real supermodel.
Despite his career as a model that began a long time ago, Ming never ceases to be amazed at his luck and success:
Even now I can’t believe that I am really a model, and quite successful, it is very surreal for me.
On the account of Min covers for such magazines as 10 Magazine, Elle China (2013/2014), Glass Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Manifesto Magazine (2012/2013), Marie Claire China, Modern Weekly (China), Numero China, SCMP Style , WWD and Russian Vogue. At various times she took part in the shows: Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Diane Von Fürstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Hussein Chalayan, Kenzo, Elie Saab, Chanel, Vionnet, Versace, Just Cavalli, Moschino, Fausto Puglisi, Christian Dior, Givenchy , Dolce & Gabbana, Acne, Alexander Wang, Brioni, Burberry, Hugo Boss, Max Mara, Meadham Kirchhoff, Sonia Rykiel, Ter et Bantine, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop Unique and many others.
In less than two years, Ming progressed from being a Chinese spokeswoman for the Elite Model Look contest, to leading the Givenchy ad campaign. After the fashion shows Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander Wang, held in 2011, C became a recognizable model, which, in other matters, didn’t really worry her, because the main thing is to do what she likes:
I had no prejudice about this career, as a rule, I just went with the flow. I did not dream about an international career as a model, therefore, I never thought about it. Nevertheless, I am very glad that my life has developed in this way, because I really like what I do.
Ming Xi caught up with unexpected success after falling under the wing of creative director Ricardo Tichi for the exclusive Givenchy show in Paris – which was first attended by a Chinese model. She also appeared on Models.com, who called her “Breakthrough of the Year,” among newcomers to Fashion Week. And in 2015, she headed the ranking of the highest paid models according to the version of the same resource, settling on the same level with such top models as Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bündchen and Dautzen Croesus.
After several months, New York magazine editor James Lim wrote that Tishi was delighted with one of his beauties who participated in the show. He expressed his admiration for Ming and how she hit one of the leading Italian designers.
While Style and Vogue Italy magazines continued to attract international media attention to the new Asian model, Ming herself was getting closer to home, regularly appearing on the pages of Chinese Vogue.
When fashion magazines expressed their admiration for Ming’s non-standard appearance, many fashion critics, including in China itself, began to discuss in detail the distinctive appearance of the Chinese beauty, expressing their negative reviews about her. But popularity in the international market for modeling Asian models, including such luminaries as Du Juan and Liu Wen, does not have to cause recognition of Chinese beauty ideals in the international fashion world.
Simon Lock, managing director of IMG Models in the Asia-Pacific region, agrees that international agencies still do not pay enough attention to Chinese beauty standards, and apparently only because they do not know enough about them.