Luo Yufeng

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Luo Yufeng
Born 1985 (age 28–29)
China

Luo Yufeng (born 1985) (Chinese: 羅玉鳳/罗玉凤; pinyin: luó yùfèng) (or Yufeng Luo / Luo Yufeng),also referred to as "Sister Feng" (凤姐, meaning "Sister Phoenix") is a Chinese woman who became an Internet celebrity and meme in China and beyond in late 2009.

She first gained attention in November 2009, after passing out flyers in Shanghai seeking a marriageable boyfriend, who was required to meet excessive requirements.[1][2] For example, she specified that such boyfriend "must be an elite with a degree in economics or similar from Peking University or Tsinghua University" and "must also be 176 to 183 centimeters tall and good looking."[3] At the same time, she was working as a cashier at a Carrefour in Shanghai (she claimed she "works for a Fortune 500 company").[3][4] Her penchant for outrageous comments continued to bring her attention, for example, she "called herself the brightest human being in the past three centuries, and added that she would remain the smartest person for the next 300 years."[5]

In January 2010, she appeared on the popular television talk show Renjian with her "boyfriend" and "ex-boyfriend" about their "love triangle," though later were both confirmed to be actors, and the coverage of her increased with that exposure.[3]

She is considered one of the biggest internet "celebrities" to emerge in China in 2009,[6] and has been widely covered by Chinese media. An announcement that she would get plastic surgery in March 2010 resulted in a bonanza of photoshopped pictures of her appearing on Baidu.[7] In May 2010, she appeared on China's Got Talent, and was pelted with an egg.[8][9]

As of September 2011, she had relocated to New York City, where she is working as a manicurist, and was profiled in the New York Post.[10][11] It was also noted that she has also 1.4 million followers on Sina Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter).[10]

In November 2011, an English version of her original dating flyer was being handed out in Zuccotti Park during Occupy Wall Street. Her flyer was handed out on February 2, 2012, at Columbia University.[12] Her flyer was handed out near Harvard University on March 19, 2012.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (25 November 2009) Girl Seeks Marriage, Distributes Leaflets w/ High Demands, chinaSMACK, Retrieved December 2, 2010
  2. ^ (26 October 2010) Indecent billboards of 'Sister Feng' spark debate among Xiamen netizens, What's On Xiamen, Retrieved November 8, 2010
  3. ^ a b c (1 June 2010) Shooting to fame in cyber world, China Daily, Retrieved November 8, 2010)
  4. ^ (12 February 2010) Sister Feng Wanted For Valentine’s Day By BMW Driver, chinaSMACK, Retrieved December 2, 2010
  5. ^ (11 February 2010) Sister Phoenix suffers from Web hype, China Daily, Retrieved November 8, 2010
  6. ^ (28 February 2010) Copycat New Year's gala for students, by students, Global Times, Retrieved November 8, 2010
  7. ^ (1 April 2010) 网友给凤姐疯狂整容 史上最全的凤姐整容照(组图), Baidu, Retrieved November 8, 2010
  8. ^ (10 June 2010) [双语] 伪娘现象折射现选秀节目套路, China Daily (in Chinese), Retrieved November 8, 2010
  9. ^ (19 May 2010) Chatter box May 19, Global Times, Retrieved November 8, 2010
  10. ^ a b Bennett, Chuck (26 September 2011). Chinese celeb working anonymously in Brooklyn nail salon, New York Post
  11. ^ Hammel, Sara (27 September 2011). Meet China's Most-Hated Reality Star, People (magazine)
  12. ^ Galperina, Marina (14 November 2011). Is a Chinese Internet Celebrity Seeking a Husband in the Financial District, ANIMALNewYork
  13. ^ Lucky, Jared and Carrie Tian (23 March 2012). Marry Me? Show Me Your Resume, The Harvard Crimson

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