CHINA - When Forbes released its list of the 10 highest-paid models for 2013 last week, one name stood out.
Chinese supermodel Liu Wen came in at No. 5 and is the first Asian to make it to the list.
The 25-year-old, who raked in US$4.3 million (S$5.5 million), certainly has the world at her feet as she is surpassed only by Kate Moss, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bundchen.
She also has two other firsts: She was the first Asian model hired as a face of Estee Lauder, in 2009, and the first Asian hired as a Victoria's Secret Angel in the same year.
Her rising star is due to the impressive brands she has modelled for, including H&M, Calvin Klein, Estee Lauder, Tory Burch, Tiffany & Co., and Hugo Boss, reported China's Jing Daily.
She appeared on the September cover of Vogue China for its eighth anniversary issue.
Liu Wen, the daughter of a construction worker, grew up in Hunan province, which is best known as the birthplace of Chairman Mao and for producing tea and cotton.
She moved to Beijing in 2006, when she was 18, after winning a modelling contest.