Raven Tao

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Raven Tao
Raven Tao, 陶明鶯

11 November
ResidenceHong Kong
Other namesLady Allom
CitizenshipNew Zealand, British
OccupationTop model
Television host
Radio producer & DJ
Fashion designer
Spouse(s)Chevalier Allom
Modeling information
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Hair colorDark brown
Eye colorBrown

Raven Tao, Lady Allom is a Eurasian model, fashion designer, television host, actress and former radio DJ based in Hong Kong.[1]

Tao's mother is Chinese-Nepalese and her father is English-Polish.[2] She was raised in Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.[3]


Tao gained attention with prolific work in Asia-wide modelling campaigns as a teenager.

She featured in widely distributed magazine and television commercial shoots, starring on the cover of Harpers Bazaar, Elle editorials, Sprite,[4] The Laurel, Escada, Biore and Sunsilk campaigns.

Tao also starred in multinational Asian campaigns for Vidal Sassoon, Sprite, Kodak, Samsung, Honda, Chow Sang Sang, Citroën, Ferrero Rocher, Apex Beauty, Haier, Qui Mei, Claire TV, MW-Giorgio Fedon; signing repeat contracts for campaigns with Vidal Sassoon and Olay, and a semi-global advertising campaign for Olay Total Effects.

In 2004 Tao emceed for Rockit Music Festival, hosting the festival alongside Channel V VJ Dom Lau[5] for Rockit 2005 and 2006. She next worked in Singapore as a DJ & producer at MediaCorp's Top 40 radio station 987fm, presenting television segments on AXN and HBO.

Tao became a host on Fox Movies Premium in Hong Kong, presented SPLASH Vol. 7,8,9 in Macau for Channel V International, hosted the internationally broadcast W Hotels 5th anniversary event in 2013, and the 2014 Star World series Tokyo Luxe[6]

Raven Tao met director Yick- Sum Poon [7] while working together on Wong Chi Wai’s music video 'Building Bridges, Fixing Roads' and starred in the avant-garde short film project about SARS, STILL,[8] which aired at the Torino Film Festival. Yicksum Poon invited her to film with critically acclaimed movie director Ann Hui for a guest appearance in All About Love.[9] Tao has a leading role in the 2012 movie Reunited in Malaysia, where she is dubbed over in German.[10]

Tao studied law[11] and was an ambassador[12] for luxury realtors Engel & Voelkers HK. She is the founder and designer of Hong Kong's first luxury spiral steel boned corset brand[13] Pearls & Arsenic and writes a luxury fashion and corsetry blog, Corsets & Couture[14]


Raven Tao has worked with charitable causes including "Bullets For Beauty",[15] which creates fashion objects and apparel using recycled military ammunition crafted by local artisans in war torn countries, empowerment programs like "Project Share"[16] and "Liberty Asia",[17] a charity devoted to prevention of human trafficking. Tao is the poster face and an interviewee of the 2017 documentary on women in media, The Beauty Machine.[18]


  1. ^ "[1]". "Raven Tao isn't your average model, actress, TV host and radio personality—she also has 'real estate agent' and 'law student' on her résumé." HK Magazine.
  2. ^ "Raven Tao". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  3. ^ "Raven Tao". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  4. ^ Raven Tao (2012-01-25), Raven Tao for Sprite, Samsung and Kodak., retrieved 2018-08-21
  5. ^ "[2]".“60 Seconds with Dominic Lau- Channel [V] V-jay and regular stage host of HK Live!”
  6. ^ "[3]"."Tokyo-Luxe is a “luxe” beauty makeover reality TV series broadcast over Asia via Star World – Channel [V] by Fox Asia & Tokyo Luxey."
  7. ^ "[4]".“Albert Poon Yim-Sum : Aliases: Elbut Poon, Poon Yick-Sum, Poon Yim-Sam”
  8. ^ "[5]". "Still is a Hong Kong avantgarde short film by Poon Yick Sum about a woman who lives in Hong Kong through the epidemic of SARS."
  9. ^ "[6]". "Raven Hanson is an actress, known for Wiedersehen in Malaysia (2012) and Duk haan chai faan (2010)"
  10. ^ "[7]".“Raven Hanson. IMDB”
  11. ^ "[8]". "HONG KONG – Engel & Völkers Hong Kong, one of Hong Kong's leading real estate agencies, announced today the appointment of Raven Tao as spokesperson."
  12. ^ "【文化籽】姿色就是力量 華麗束戰" http://s.nextmedia.com/apple_sub/a.php?i=20150923&sec_id=16510419&s=16510419&a=19305287
  13. ^ http://corsetsandcouture.net/
  14. ^ "[9]"." Bullets for Beauty is a unique commercial project devoted to creation of fashion objects and apparel including jewelry and apparel created through utilization of used military ammunition"
  15. ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2014-07-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)"." Project Share is a Hong Kong registered non-profit organization aimed at connecting and empowering Hong Kong youth"
  16. ^ "[10]"."Liberty Asia is a Hong Kong registered charitable organization made up of a group of dedicated professionals from different industries, united by the common goal to provide new solutions to change the way slavery and human trafficking is addressed."
  17. ^ Chaou, Said (2017-07-10), The Beauty Machine, Melissa Bui, Ines Laimins, Natasha Moor, retrieved 2018-04-12

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