Ming Xi or Xi Mengyao professional modeling career started in 2009 after she attended a TV competition. She is best known For her campaigns with Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Givenchy.
Born Name Meng Yao Xi
Nick Name Ming Xi
Occupation Fashion / Runway model
Since: Her professional modeling career started in 2009
Born: March 08, 1990, 28 years and 11 months, Shanghai, China
Sun Sign Pisces
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
Measurements 31-24-35 in or 79-61-89 cm
Bra Size 30A
Xi graduated from Shanghai Donghua University (2007) majoring in Fashion Design and Acting.
Her professional modeling career started in 2009 after she attended a TV competition. Her international modeling career took off in 2011 after she walked her first well-known runway debut for Givenchy Haute Spring Show.
In the same year, Ming Xi modeled the Givenchy ready-to-wear collection and appeared as the face of Givenchy’s Fall/Winter publicity advertising campaign. Ming Xi also modeled for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was named as a top supermodel of the world, and she is an in-demand model.
In 2008, she attended a TV quest competition on Dragon Television called “Go! Oriental Angels”. This was her first appearance on television in the public eye.
Two years after she graduated from college, Ming Xi participated in the Elite Model Look competition, which is a fashion modeling event held by Elite Model Management. Ming ranked third in the competition.
Shortly after the contest, she was offered a contract with Givenchy. Later on, Ming walked the Givenchy Haute Couture Show and Ready-to-Wear shows.
Ming attracted more attention by appearing in Givenchy Runway Shows. This was the beginning of her career.
She started her international modeling career shortly after. In the same year, Ming Xi appeared in the Givenchy F/W 2010 campaign, which was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Ming Xi also engaged in Fall/ Winter 2011 New York Fashion Week with other three Chinese fashion models: Shu Pei, Sun Feifei, and Liu Wen.
Ming Xi modeled the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In 2014, Michael Kors invited Ming to model Michael Kors Shanghai Extravaganza with Rosie Huntington and Miranda Kerr. Ming also participated in the Met Gala red carpet with Michael Kors and Rosie Huntington.
In 2015, Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain, invited Ming Xi to model the Balmain 2015 Fall runway with Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Constance Jablonski, Taylor Hill, Joan Smalls, Cindy Bruna, Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss, Magdalena Frackowiak, Devon Windsor, and Lily Donaldson.
Karl Lagerfeld selected Ming to star in a new campaign for his label, and cooperated with Kendall Jenner and Sasha Luss.
In 2017, she gained considerable media attention when falling on the runway in a white floral costume during the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show China Edition, she was helped by the brazilian model Gizele Oliveira.
Ming Xi can be contacted via these modeling agencies
The Society Management – New York
Model Management – Hamburg
Donna Model Management – Tokyo
Elite Model Management – Paris
Storm Models – London
Elite Model Management – Copenhagen
Elite Model Management – Milan
Elite Model Management – Barcelona
Elite Model Management – Stockholm
Huayi Brothers Fashion – Shanghai
Elite Model Management – Toronto
Ming Xi has advertised for designers like Barney’s, Diane von Furstenberg, Gap, Givenchy, H&M, Lane Crawford, Mango, River Island and others.
First Fashion Show
Ming Xi debuted with Haute Couture – Spring / Summer 2010 fashion show where she walked for Givenchy.
She has not appeared in any of the films but appeared in a short video Dries Van Noten Retrospective released on February 28, 2014.
She works out and likes to listen to Billboard Top 100 songs, while working out. She likes fast paced songs and these exactly fits her choice. It makes her workout more.
Ming Xi Favorite Things
Instagrammers / Bloggers – Michael Kors, Susie Bubble, Adam Katz Sinding, Victoria’s Secret
iPhone App – VSCO Cam (Photo editing app)
Designers – A lot many including Alber Elbaz from Lanvin, Riccardo Tisci, Raf Simons
Beauty Products – Fresh rose face masks, sunscreen, eyeshadow, mascara, Nars lipstick
City for Shopping – New York and Paris
Place for Work – The Virgin Islands
Ming Xi Facts
She appeared in the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Ming Xi is good friends with Fei Fei Sun, and Shu Pei Qin.
In the 2009 international Elite Model Look contest, she was the finalist and finished at #3.
She likes to listen Justin Timberlake over Justin Bieber.
In January 2010, she walked exclusively for Givenchy Haute Couture.
She was discovered via Elite Model Look contest held in 2009.
Givenchy chose her as muse in 2010, when she debuted.
Her natural hair color is black (which is for most of the Asians). She sometimes thinks of dying them blonde. But, then she thinks that it won’t suit an Asian girl and so she stops.
She was featured as face to watch by models.com on January 27, 2010, and then by vogue.it on April 15, 2010.
She describes her style as – “Mix and Match.”
When she steps out of the plans, Ming puts on facial mask and sunglasses to avoid paparazzi.
She likes to accentuate her eyes and hence wears eyeshadow and mascara.
Ming likes to wear striped clothes. She once purchased a black and white striped fabric and gave it to tailor to make her size. And, people thought it was a Marc Jacobs. She used to wore this high waist striped mini-skirt a lot as it made her legs to look longer.
She does not has any style icon. Sometimes, even a passer-by could inspire her.
Ming Xi currently lives in New York City.