Lin Chi-ling

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Lin Chi-ling

Lin Chi-ling at the LG New Chocolate Phone launching event, 4 November 2009, Hong Kong
Born(1974-11-29) 29 November 1974 (age 37)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other namesSister Chi-ling, 040, Ice-cream[1]
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
Measurements86-60-89
34"-23½"-35" (US)
Weight53 kg (117 lbs)
Dress size6 (US)
36 (EU)
Shoe size9 (US)
38 (EU)
ManagerCatwalk Production House
 
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Lin Chi-ling

Lin Chi-ling at the LG New Chocolate Phone launching event, 4 November 2009, Hong Kong
Born(1974-11-29) 29 November 1974 (age 37)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other namesSister Chi-ling, 040, Ice-cream[1]
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
Measurements86-60-89
34"-23½"-35" (US)
Weight53 kg (117 lbs)
Dress size6 (US)
36 (EU)
Shoe size9 (US)
38 (EU)
ManagerCatwalk Production House
Lin Chi-ling
Chinese林志玲

Lin Chi-ling[2] (born 29 November 1974, in Taipei, Taiwan), is a Taiwanese model and actress. Famed for her gentle demeanor and physical beauty, Lin has been referred to as "The First Face of Taiwan" by members of the Taiwanese media,[3] and has been an official spokesperson for both China Airlines and Longines since 2006.[4] Lin's meteoric rise to fame caused Taiwanese commentators and scholars to coin the phrase "The Lin Chi-Ling Phenomenon".[5]

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Biography

Early life

Lin's father, Lin Fan-nan (Chinese: 林繁男; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lím Hôan-lâm), and her mother, Wu Tzu-mei (Chinese: 吳慈美; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ngô Chû-bí), are both from Tainan, in southern Taiwan. Following their marriage, they moved to Taipei where Lin and her elder brother Lin Chi-hong (Chinese: 林志鴻; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lím Jî-hông) were born. Lin attended Taipei Municipal Zhongzheng Junior High School and at the age of 15 was discovered by model talent scout Lin Chien-huan (Chinese: 林健寰; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lím Kiān-Khôan).[6] She later attended Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Canada, then attended the University of Toronto until 1997 when she completed a bachelor's degree, double-majoring in Western art history and economics.

After graduating from university, Lin returned to Taiwan.[7] She intended to pursue a career in fine art and sought a position at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, but was turned away because she lacked a postgraduate degree in the field.[8] Lin continued doing part-time modeling work before leaving the business and working for a time as an administrative assistant for the Fubon Cultural and Educational Foundation. In 2000, Lin left Fubon and spent three months studying in Japan, then returned to Taiwan and began modeling with Catwalk Production House.

"The Lin Chi-ling Phenomenon"

At the Chinese Festival Show (上海电视节) in 2006

In 2002, Lin was invited to model in a television advertisement in Hong Kong. The advertisement received attention and discussion on the internet, and interest in Lin began to grow.[9] The following year, noted television producer Ge Hongfu offered Lin a position as hostess of a fashion program on Shanghai Oriental Television. In 2004, Lin starred in a broad series of advertisements in Taiwan that included giant building-size posters, billboards, and television commercials. Almost overnight, Lin skyrocketed to national fame and became an instant celebrity model. Her rise to fame initiated a Taiwanese craze for supermodels, an effect commentators named "The Lin Chi-ling Phenomenon" (Chinese: 林志玲現象; pinyin: Lín Zhìlínɡ xiànxiànɡ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lím Jî-léng hiān-siōng).

Lin's popularity grew throughout the rest of 2004 as she began modeling in Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese advertisements, and continued when she began doing Japanese advertisements in 2005. From 2004 to 2006, Lin served as Taiwan's goodwill ambassador to the Japan Tourism Association.[10] On 8 August 2005, Lin was in Dalian, China, shooting an advertisement for Procter & Gamble home products when she fell from the back of a horse she was riding and was inadvertently trampled. Workers rushed Lin to a nearby hospital where doctors discovered that she had suffered six broken ribs, a punctured left lung, and an accumulation of blood in the pleural cavity.[11] Lin underwent four months of treatment and therapy, and announced in November 2005 that she had completely recovered.

Television career

Lin has had numerous roles in television over her time as a model, being the host of TVBS-G LA Mode News, TVBS-G Fashion Track, the Golden Melody Awards and the Top Chinese Music Chart Awards in 2005.

Lin starred as one of the three female leads in the 2010 Fuji TV Japanese television drama Tsuki no Koibito. The male lead is popular actor Takuya Kimura.

Film career

Lin has made her film début role in a historical epic directed by John Woo entitled Red Cliff. Playing the role of Xiaoqiao, it was her first time acting ever. In 2009, she starred together with Jay Chou in the action-adventure film The Treasure Hunter.

Filmography

Lin Chi-ling attending the Vogue Fashion's Night Out, 10 September 2009, Taiwan
YearEnglish TitleOriginal TitleRoleNotes
2008Red Cliff: Part 1赤壁Xiao Qiao
2009Red Cliff: Part 2赤壁Xiao QiaoBoth parts also released as a single 2½ hour trimmed-down version in 2009
The Magic Aster馬蘭花Da LanVoice acting
The Treasure Hunter刺陵Lan Ting
2010Moon Lovers月の恋人Liu Xiu MeiJapan TV Series
Welcome to Sha Ma Town決戰刹馬鎮Chun Niang
2011Love on Credit幸福額度Xiao Hong & Xiao Qing
2012Switch富春山居圖
Sweetheart Chocolate
Accidental Hero偶然英雄
2013Say Yes!101次求婚

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Endorsement

She is the ambassador for numerous products and organizations[14] which includes

Commercial
Charity

Awards

References

  1. ^ 林志玲:我的小名叫冰淇淋 联合早报网 zaobao.com (Chinese).
  2. ^ "Lin Chi-ling hopes to establish charity for needy children" February 8, 2011 Taipei Times
  3. ^ tw.epochtimes.com/bt/5/4/9/n883234.htm.
  4. ^ "Longines – Ambassadors of Elegances Personalities Page" (PDF). http://www.longines.com/documents/biography/chi-ling-lin-en.pdf. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Zhan Weixiong 詹伟雄, (2008). Meixue de Jingji – Taiwan Shehui Bianqian de 60 ge Weixing Guancha 美學的經濟—臺灣社會變遷的60個微型觀察, literally "The Economy of Aesthetics – 60 Microscopic Observations of Taiwan's Societal Changes". Taipei: Feng Ge Zhe. ISBN 957-29895-2-9.
  6. ^ 林健寰慧眼識英雄 發掘張鳳書、林志玲等女星 | 娛樂新聞 | NOWnews 今日新聞網. Nownews.com (26 March 2006).
  7. ^ "積極、樂觀,林志玲", literally "Active and Optimistic Lin Chi-Ling", in Vogues Taiwan, 1998, issue 24, 180.
  8. ^ 林志玲鳳凰變身五重奏 光速走紅娛樂圈大揭秘-海峽兩岸-人民網. Tw.people.com.cn.
  9. ^ 林志玲价码三级跳 千万续约费让唐安麒傻眼, Ent.163.com, 10 September 2004,
  10. ^ www.libertytimes.com/2006/new/jun/27/today-show4.htm[dead link].
  11. ^ 中國評論新聞:林志玲傷得不輕 真的6根肋骨骨折. China Review News.
  12. ^ "Lin Chi-ling". imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2258705/. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Lin Chi-ling". chinesemov.com. http://chinesemov.com/actors/Lin%20Chi-Ling.html. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Longines – Ambassadors of Elegances Personalities Page (Archive)" (DOC). http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:MsN3CiZawmsJ:www.longines.com/documents/biography/chi-ling-lin-en.pdf+Chi+Ling+Lin,+Longines&hl=en&gl=sg&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgUZFCwkDL0TfscfU7Tc4lb6FxtFnQBg5gCF_hrJbzWU6OjNJFejbT5QKKzzjouewEo6Km7a-w8UGdHvuE1P-gOa5iZAr91i-v18E8d3jqtF2ooivtiPFSmtx3eLqH9cXi1ei2T&sig=AHIEtbRKnSMir8ywL0B0OU6UhAkjmJjpmQ. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 

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