Model Xu Liu had a fascination with the fashion industry but it wasn’t until her mother suggested she enroll in a local modeling school that things took off. With a slew of editorials under her belt and a campaign for Philipp Plein, Xu’s ascent has only just begun.

Tell us how you were discovered.

I have to thank my mum. She believed I would make a great model. When I was 15, she asked me if I would be interested in modeling and learning more about it. I told her yes. I saw models wearing beautiful clothes on television and I wanted to wear beautiful clothes as well even though I didn’t know anything else about the industry at that time.

She sent me to a model school on the weekends. During that time, my modeling teacher encouraged me to attend different contests where I learned a lot by competing. About six months later I won the Elite Model Look in China.

What were the biggest adjustments you made when moving to NY?

Everything has changed! I mean everything. I traveled a lot during the last four years. My life at university was all about packing and unpacking until I graduated last year. It’s my first time moving to a new city and starting a full-time career. Everything is new and unknown to me but I’m excited to see it.

What challenges have you faced thus far in your modeling career?

Balancing modeling and university while learning how to be a great model. Modeling is a job that requires lots of traveling. You never stay in one place. Anyway, I finally did it and I can focus on modeling now.

If you weren’t modeling what would you be doing?

I’d probably go back to university to study another major. Something related to art or fashion.

What are your goals for the future?

I have many goals for different periods of my life. My current goal is to live in New York and model full-time. I am enjoying it and striving to reach my goal.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I am not sure; it could be anything. I’m still learning. Life changes a lot but I would like to be myself. Hopefully, one day, I’ll do something great that makes people surprised and impressed.

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