LNY 2021 SPOTLIGHT: Margaret Zhang
Margaret Zhang has risen to prominence at an incredibly young age, becoming editor of Vogue China at only 27 years of age. Margaret is a Sydneysider who attended the University of Sydney, studying a combined Bachelors of Commerce and Law. Her parents moved to Australia from Huangyan, Zhejiang province when she was very young, but she has nonetheless maintained a strong cultural connection with her place of birth as she grew up. She has mostly been living in New York for the past five years.
Zhang began making her name in the fashion world in 2009 with a blog, Shine by Three, that she began as a high schooler and further developed while a student at the University of Sydney, dedicated mostly to her passion for photography. This led her to work with several well-known fashion and design houses, including Dior, Swarovski and Louis Vuitton. In 2016 she was named in Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 Asia list, a sure sign she was headed for the limelight.
Zhang has said that as the new editor of Vogue China, she intends to bring her sustained commitment to showcasing diversity and a principled approach to incorporating aesthetic elements from her multicultural background, to draw readers’ attention to connections between East and West and highlight the richness-in-complexity of Chinese culture. In a recent interview she has suggested that while China, is often seen as a monolithic culture from the outside, she would like its internal diversity to be better understood and appreciated by people around the world. She will surely be someone to watch in the years to come…!
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