Liu Wen opened up eyes when she became the first ever Asian spokesmodel for Estee Lauder (photo from Facebook).
A piece in The Gloss by Haley Hoover called Wen “an important figure for Asian-American girls” who’s “been breaking down race barriers for models.”
Wen recently opened up about her experience in an essay she wrote for Vogue.
In talking about when she became Estee Lauder’s spokesmodel in 2010, she wrote:
“The stereotypes of Asian women as submissive and dainty were fading. Instead, my fellow Asian models and I were more often depicted as adventurous, assertive, career-oriented women who always did our best despite the challenges we faced overseas. We might or might not possess physical features that fit traditional Asian views of beauty, but the fact that we represented modern ideas, combining the best of multiple cultures, became far more important.”