Fuyao is the cutest human in existence, as evidenced by that time she swung by Sydney for MBFWA. While she was in town, we did what any self-respecting tour guides would do and took her down to Bronte beach to kick a ball around, ride on the toy train, and splash around in the (freezing!) shallows. All the while wearing the most wacky and wonderful clothes we could find, including tie dye tees, chunky sandals your dad would be proud of, and a wacky inflatable tubeman-esque jumper!
After we'd reached our Vitamin C quota, we popped over to Porch & Parlour in Bondi to conduct our first ever Google Translate-aided interview. The future is officially here! Cop the results of our fun day out above, then get to know the China-based honey better below (in English and Chinese). Your day will be much sunnier as a result, we promise.
What is your name, and nickname?
My name is Fuyao Li. My friends sometimes call me baby or babe for fun.
How long have you been modeling for?
I’ve been learning to become a professional model since September of 2016, and have been working professionally for a year.
What do you like to do outside of modelling?
I think I like what most regular girls like. Like shopping and buying things— especially clothes, accessories, and cosmetics. I love to buy cosmetics, although I don’t have that much money now. I also like to read fashion magazines, because I think I’m not very good at dressing up, so I’m learning.
How was fashion week in Sydney?
It was really amazing. This is my first time modeling at a fashion week outside China—I used to just model in Beijing and Shanghai, so the first time modeling in a foreign country really surprised me. I feel everything is better than in China, so China still has a lot to learn.
What’s your favorite food?
Being Chinese, I don’t know why, but I have a particular fondness for foreign desserts—and also things like steak and pasta. Although there are so many kinds of local foods in China, I don’t really like any—I think it’s because I’m really picky when it comes to food, so I don’t really have a favourite food. Maybe I’ll say dessert, like bread or cake, and pasta, and also Japanese Tonkotsu Ramen—I find it very yummy.
If you were any character who would you be?
I really don’t know who would I be if I was to play a character. Actually, my agency asked me when I started if I would like to work as an actress. I used to dream about it when I was little, but I am quite introverted, so I think I’d lack the guts to actually do it. But if my agency asks me to try acting, then of course I can learn. But back to the question, I think anything is okay for me—it all depends the director.
What music do you listen to?
What music type? I normally like English, Japanese or Korean songs that are more on the pop music side of things. But I also like Chinese folk songs, that are more on the gentle side.
What do you like to do in China?
I mostly like to go out with friends. I like to have a close friend with me when going out—we can go shopping together, see a movie, or get a manicure or our hair done together. If I’m alone, I’ll probably just stay at home, get some sleep, watch TV or a movie. That’s about it.
Where would you take someone visiting your hometown for the first time?
If you come to China, I’ll show you around to see some of the culture, and also try the street food. So basically lots of food and lots of fun.
Words: Maddy Woon Images & Fashion: Chloe Hill & Maddy Woon
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Shot on location at Bronte Beach in Sydney, Australia