Hailing from Chong Qing, a city in southwestern China, the stunning newcomer Qi Wen got her modeling start after attending a casting call hosted by her mother agency Liquid Models, which based in the Chinese fashion capital of Shanghai. Passionate and hard-working, this self-declared vintage fashion shopaholic was immediately signed across the pond by Wilhelmina in New York. The charming Qi Wen has strutted her stuff down the runways of top fashion names such as Christopher Kane, Dries van Noten, Elie Saab, John Galliano, Narciso Rodriguez, Roberto Cavalli and Theyskens\' Theory, among others. With her dazzling oriental beauty and amazing bone structure, the young 5-foot-10-inch tall Aries\' modeling career has been gaining momentum with each passing day.
Where in China are you from? Tell us a little bit about your home country/town?
Chong Qing, China. The City is well known for spicy food, lots of bridges, and many good looking girls.
Does China has a main fashion city? Which city is the best one to start a career as a fashion model in China?
Shanghai & Beijing. Shanghai has a lots of fashion shows, and Beijing is more famous for editorial shoots.
How would you describe your first time experience in New York?
It was like a dream! When I arrived there I was so excited that I didn’t even feel tired and went straight ahead to my first castings.
How was it for you to experience Europe for the first time? In which European fashion city do you like to work the most?
I love Paris! The city is full of beautiful buildings, and I love to walk on the streets with all the fashion stores around.
Did you always wanted to be a model, or did you stumble upon it, get discovered etc.? Who or what inspired you to become a model? How did you get started in the modeling business?
Yes, I always wanted to become a model. I was much taller than the other kids and my friends always told me that I should become a models as well.
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Passionate, hard-working, and respectful.
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
New York City, I have a very nice agency there who are like a family for me, and I like the diversity of culture.
Do other models inspire you?
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Shopping in all the vintage stores in NYC.
Your favorite store?
I like all the vintages stores in NYC and Paris, you can touch the history.
Favorite kind of food:
I like all kinds of food.
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
That you should enjoy eating and that it is more just a matter of work out and taking care of yourself.
What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?
I wish I could speak better English, it is very important in this market to speak a good english as a models.
Thank you Qi Wen for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Editor: Theo Villegas & Iva Mirach