Zhang Zilin

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Zhang Zilin
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss World 07 ZiLin Zhang.jpg
Zhang as the Miss World winner in 2007
Born Zhang Zilin
(1984-03-22) March 22, 1984 (age 30)
Shijiazhuang, Hebei
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Measurements 87-62-89 (EU) / 35¼-24½-35 (US)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss China 2007
Miss World 2007
Major
competition(s)
Miss China World 2007
(Winner)
Miss World 2007
(Winner)
(Miss World Asia & Oceania)
(Miss World Top Model)

Zhang Zilin (simplified Chinese: 张梓琳; traditional Chinese: 張梓琳; pinyin: Zhāng Zǐlín) is a Chinese beauty queen, fashion model and actress who won Miss China in 2007 and was crowned Miss World 2007, representing China. She is the first Miss World of East Asian origin.

Biography[edit]

Zhang was born in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, on March 22, 1984. She then moved to Beijing, where she attended high school from 1996 to 2002. She later completed her studies at the University of Science and Technology Beijing and obtained a degree in business administration in 2006. Zhang is now working as a fashion model.

Early life[edit]

Having grown up in an academically oriented family, Zhang has always valued her education and has made many achievements in her studies. Both a scholar and an athlete, Zhang Zilin began training in various types of sports at the age of eight. She excels in the Triple Jump and Hurdles and has undergone professional training in the 100 meter Hurdles alongside Olympic Gold Medalist Liu Xiang.[1]

In 2002, Zhang finished high school and commenced her studies at the University of Science and Technology Beijing where she graduated in 2006. As an undergraduate, she competed and won many athletic competitions. In 2005, she won the "Sports Advance Distinction Award" at her university.[2]

Modeling career[edit]

Miss World 2007 - Zhang Zilin (3243539382).jpg

Zhang's career in modeling and pageantry started in 2003 where she participated in a beauty pageant organized by New Silk Road Modeling Agency. As a first timer in pageantry, Zhang only managed to land herself in the top 10 due to lack of experience. However, she was later discovered by the executive manager of the agency, Lee Xiaobai. Since then Zhang has graced the runways in major fashion capitals of the world including Paris and Berlin.[1]

In 2006, she was shortlisted as one of the top ten professional supermodels during the Chinese Fashion and Culture Awards. After that she participated in Giorgio Armani's 2007 Autumn/Winter Collection show in Paris and later earned herself the title of "Top Model of the Year" from New Silk Road modeling agency.[2]

On December 1, 2007, she was crowned Miss World 2007 at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, Hainan. During her reign, she traveled to the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Vietnam and South Africa.

Film Career[edit]

Zhang made her debut in 2011 film The Underdog Knight 2 and she will started 2014 Hong Kong fantasy film Monkey King [3]

Personal Life[edit]

In 2013 She married Neil Nie in Phuket, Thailand [4][5]

Music[edit]

Zhang lent her voice for the 2008 Summer Olympics soundtrack and also appeared in the music video for the same song entitled Beijing Welcomes You.

References[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Czech Republic Tatana Kucharova
Miss World
2007
Succeeded by
Russia Ksenia Sukhinova
Preceded by
Mexico Yessica Ramírez
Miss World Top Model
2007
Succeeded by
Russia Ksenia Sukhinova
Preceded by
Liu Duo
Miss China
2007
Succeeded by
Mei Yanling