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Liu Wen is widely regarded as the world's first Asian supermodel. AFP/Getty Images
Born and raised in Hunan Province, China, Wen claims she never had any grand ambitions of becoming a model.
Hula hooping in the street outside her grandmothers house, aged 6. A long way from the runways of the world's fashion capitals. liu wen
In 2010 Liu Wen became the first ever Asian Victoria's Secret model. AFP/Getty Images
Liu Wen backstage at the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York. Getty Images
Another first: Liu Wen was is also the first Asian model to become an Estee Lauder spokesperson. Getty Images