This Week's Model: Shu Pei Qin
It’s been an action-packed 2010 for 20-year-old Chinese model, Shu Pei Qin. In February, Patrick Demarchelier photographed Shu Pei (along with Mirte Maas) for the cover of Chinese Vogue as one of the modeling world’s newest faces to watch. Then followed a Gap jeans campaign, the September cover of Chinese Vogue, and most recently a lucrative cosmetics contract with Maybelline. Shu Pei will join veterans Christy Turlington and Erin Wasson at Maybelline with a print campaign debuting later this fall. At the tail end of New York Fashion Week, W sat down with the hard-working, international beauty:
What have you been up to this summer?
I went to the west coast with my family for two weeks before fashion week. I love the weather there. It is so hot in New York this summer.
From left: Alexander Wang spring 2011; Altuzarra spring 2011
Congratulations on your new Maybelline contract.
Thank you. When I shopped for Maybelline’s mascara in drugstores I used to dream how wonderful it would be to become a Maybelline girl one day. When it happened to me I finally understood what it’s like to have a dream come true!
Do you feel any pressure as one of a handful of Chinese models who have cracked the Western market?
It has never occurred to me. All I did was work work and work. When it comes to the pressure I think it is more from myself wanting to do everything the best I can.
What’s your most recent shopping purchase?
My iPad! I have so much fun with it.
What are your beauty secrets?
Drinking a lot of water. I always carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go. There is also a red lipstick in my purse all the time.
How do you spend your free time?
I love traveling. But on weekdays, after work I will go to try new restaurants with friends. We also cook a lot at home. I love good food.
From left: Carolina Herrera spring 2011; Jason Wu spring 2011
What are your favorite guilty pleasure foods?
Gelato. I love gelato in Italy. Can’t stop eating it when I am in Italy. In New York I substitute it with Pink Berry.
Who are your closest model friends?
Liu Wen and Ming Xi are my close model friends from my home country. Here in New York, Karlie Kloss is such a sweet friend.
From left: Gap ad campaign fall 2010; Vogue China February 2010
What do you see for yourself in the year ahead?
Keep working hard!