Margaret Zhang named Vogue China editor-in-chief
As a 27-year-old Chinese Australian fashion influencer, Margaret Zhang is the youngest person to land an editor-in-chief role at the magazine and replaces Vogue China founding editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung, who had led the title for 16 years.
Margaret Zhang is an Australian-born Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer.
At the age of 16, she launched a successful fashion blog and has worked as a consultant. For now, she has 1.2 million Instagram followers. In 2016, she was named in Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia list and shot fashion week in Sydney for the publication she will now lead.
Anna Wintour, Vogue's global editorial director says: "I am so delighted that Margaret is our new editor in chief of Vogue China. Her international experience, exceptional multiplatform digital expertise, and wide-ranging interests are the perfect combination to lead Vogue China into the future."
In announcing her appointment, Vogue described Zhang as "an unmistakable presence on the front row" of fashion shows around the world.
Zhang sees her new responsibilities as both outward and inward facing. Outlining her vision for Vogue China, she believes her international experience positions her well to achieve them: "there's a lot of context about China that is lost; often it's looked at as this one monolithic entity, as opposed to a country of individuals and innovations".
Zhang was born in Sydney and grew up in the suburb of West Ryde in Australia after her parents moved from Taizhou, in Zhejiang province. She studied commerce and law at the University of Sydney. She scored 99.85 in her HSC and graduated from the University with a degree in commerce/law.
Her father was a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Sydney. She came to fashion through her passion for ballet.