The daughter of a Chinese diplomat, Cheung studied at Peking University where she obtained degrees in law and English language and literature. She subsequently received an MBA degree from University of South Australia. Beginning in 1993 as a writer at Eastern Express, an English-language newspaper in Hong Kong, Cheung started her career in journalism. As a journalist in Hong Kong, she worked on all aspects of life there in the run-up to the handover to China in 1997. In 2001, she was namend editor-in-chief of Marie Claire in Hong Kong and, in 2003, editorial director at Elle China in Shanghai. When publisher Condé Nast wanted to launch Vogue in China, the company asked Cheung to take the lead. Since 2005, she has been editorial director of Vogue China. Previously, she has been the editorial director of the Chinese edition of Elle and the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire Hong Kong. She also worked for a period at Goldman Sachs, and graduated from Peking University in 1990. She has also co-published several Hong Kong fashion magazines.
- Angelica Cheung International Woolmark Prize.
- Kathrin Hille (August 25, 2013), The Monday Interview: Angelica Cheung, Vogue China editor-in-chief Financial Times.
- Clifford Coonan (December 8, 2012), Meet the woman making China fashionable The Independent.
- Amed, Imran (5 May 2014). "Building Vogue China". Business of Fashion. Retrieved 7 May 2014.