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With her multicultural background (Dutch/Japanese/Taiwanese/Holy smokes, that’s multicultural, alright!), Lee has been a staple in fashion magazines since winning a modelling contest at the age of 18. The Esquire Taiwan Woman We Love starlet appearances include roles in music videos and commercials around Asia. Formerly a spokesperson for an underwear brand in Japan, the experience motivated her to a book on how to purchase proper underwear. We’ll take her advice on that with aplomb.
As a graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, where she majored in acting, Helen Yao, 33, initially started her on-screen career in the supporting roles of many a-television series. But her hard work paid off and Yao soon clinched her first leading role in Blossom before going on to gain international acclaim in CZ12 with Jackie Chan. she continues plying her craft and we look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
A talented Nanjing-native, 26-year-old Chen Zi was already cutting tracks before joining China's version of The Voice last year. The Republic is a populated place to stand out from as an artiste, but it did give the petite rapper and R&B singer a boost when she was mentioned by Taiwanese singer, Jay Chou. Being voted runner-up in the contest and featured in Esquire China's Funny Joke From A Beautiful Woman isn't that bad of a deal either, yo.
The beautiful actress was featured in Esquire Indonesia’s Woman We Love because, according to our brethren, she’s “able to keep her career and marriage life in balance”. Man, we have no qualms that matrimony can be challenging, but this sound like some tightrope-walking business. “A sense of humour nourishes a relationship,” she told Esquire Indonesia. “Then, our marriage life wouldn’t be boring.” We’d like to assume that Wijayanto’s state of marriage would be a spectacular daily affair. She’s married to Demian Aditya, a professional magician, anyway.
A Woman We Love debutant on Esquire Vietnam, Thanh Hoai is a local model and actress that won second runner-up in the 2004 edition of Miss Vietnam and disappeared from the entertainment industry soon after. A flurry of rumours later—she was dealing with personal issues as Esquire Vietnam discovered—she returned to the limelight last year stronger, and calmer, than ever. Sounds like a major soap opera adaptation is peeking around the bend.
Here are the women we love this week.
“Yoga gave me what I needed—a sense of mental and physical balance.”
As an original musical retelling the tale of the Great Wall opens, we sit with its lead player Na-Young Jeon on why tears of love triumphs over power.
Looking back to see what led to her ascendance.
One can speculate the paths that she might have taken, but can we assume that what she has now is the best of all possible worlds?
Fair enough, Bella.