27-year-old Chinese-Australian fashion influencer Margaret Zhang has been appointed as editor-in-chief of Vogue China.
Margaret Zhang, who was born in Sydney and grew up in the suburb of West Ryde, is Vogue’s youngest editor-in-chief – despite having never edited a magazine.
Zhang is a very successful blogger which she started at the age of 16. Margaret has her presence felt at various fashion shows for years. Margaret who has 1.2 million Instagram followers is also a film director and has written a screenplay titled Number 65.
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Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief and global editorial director, Vogue, and global chief content officer, Condé Nast, says: “I am so delighted that Margaret is our new editor-in-chief of Vogue China. Her international experience, exceptional multi-platform digital expertise and wide-ranging interests are the perfect combination to lead Vogue China into the future.”
Zhang has a law and commerce degree from the University of Sydney, and in 2016, she was named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list. She is also a classically trained ballerina and pianist.
Li Li, managing director of Condé Nast China, adds: “Margaret understands the emerging trends of a new generation of Chinese and possesses the business acumen needed to leverage our data and insights across new digital platforms. We welcome her creativity and innovation in defining new media approaches and look forward to her bringing global fashion to China while taking Chinese culture to the rest of the world.”
Margaret Zhang replaces Angelica Cheung as editor in chief of Vogue China
She replaces Angelica Cheung, the founding editor-in-chief of Vogue China, whose 16-year tenure at the magazine coincided with the rise of luxury fashion in the country.
“Vogue has such a legacy, with over 125 years—in the States, at least—of significant cultural gravity,” says Zhang. “This new role is an incredible opportunity to combine my background, my skills, and my interests.”
The new editor in chief also shared the news through her Instagram account, saying she’s excited about her new role.
Margaret is currently in Sydney but is planning to relocate to Beijing once it is possible to do so.