Meet Lian

Lian has been modeling longer than she’s lived in the United States! Five years ago, she moved to Pittsburgh all by herself from TianJin, China to attend college. This brave girl earned a degree in mathematics from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently a junior Business Management Major at Penn State New Kensington.

Plus, she’s got some pretty impressive modeling credits under her belt. Lian keeps busy with work from Transition Lenses, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and many others. She was recently part of a Steelers’ fashion show and walked the runway with their kicker! (But she’s not a football fan, so she couldn’t recall his name =)

Read more about Lian’s cool modeling jobs and life in China.

Lian has acted in commercials, like one for Burt’s Bees, and films, including My Bloody Valentine. And on top of all this, she searches the Internet for other interesting modeling opportunities. That’s how she discovered us!

Lian was born in TianJin, the third largest city in the China (with ten million people!) Growing up, she was an only child because of the Chinese government’s population restrictions. She told me that even today couples hope to have male babies.

Because everyone prefers boys, Lian’s parents kept her hair cut short and even dressed her like a boy while she was growing up.  But when she started modeling at age 16, she realized she’d have more opportunities with long hair. Lian fell in love with modeling and participated in many fashion and bridal shows in China.

[Lian with her Golden Retreiver, Jun Jun.  ‘Jun’ means ‘handsome’ in Chinese, so Jun Jun is doubly handsome!]

Through the years, Lian has also been quite a jet-setter. She travels back to China twice a year and just returned from a visit to Sydney, Australia, where her father lives. But, she told me she loves Pittsburgh; it’s more peaceful here, compared to the packed streets of China. Her next trip might be a longer stay in Sydney; she’s thinking about moving there while earning a Master’s Degree.

Lian’s Favorite…
ModCloth Item:
Movie: Comedies & Asian love stories
Book: I love cartoon books & romantic stories
Food: I love super spicy foods. I remember getting atomic wings at Quaker Steak & Lube and then smothering them with Tabasco.
Karaoke Song: I love singing Chinese songs, and I’m still learning English songs
Style Icon: My Dad
Way To Spend A Weekend: Sleeping in, watching movies all day in my bed with my dog sleeping next to me, and singing karaoke. I love sports and games too!!

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  1. Vasil 01/29/2009 at 5:20 pm #

    Lian, you are a great model; we really enjoy working with you.

  2. Melodie 01/30/2009 at 8:58 am #

    I was really thrilled to see a Chinese model on the website because I’m Chinese too. It’s great to see more people of minority races being used in advertising. Thank you modcloth for choosing her!

  3. lucie_beluga 02/02/2009 at 3:36 am #

    another lucky girl I think Lian is my favorite modcloth model!

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