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Lin Chi-ling

Lin Chi-ling
LG New Chocolate Phone launching event, Hong Kong, 4 November 2009
Born (1974-11-29) 29 November 1974
Taipei, Taiwan
Modeling information
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lbs)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Measurements 86-60-89
34"-23½"-35" (US)
Dress size 6 (US)
36 (EU)
Shoe size 9 (US)
39 (EU)
Manager Catwalk Production House
Avex Management
Lin Chi-ling
Chinese 林志玲

Lin Chi-ling[1] (born 29 November 1974, in Taipei, Taiwan), is a Taiwanese model and actress. As of 2006, Lin has served as an official spokesperson for both China Airlines and Longines.[2] Lin's unusually fast rise to fame was noted by one Taiwanese commentator, who coined the phrase "The Lin Chi-Ling Phenomenon".[3]


  • Biography 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Modeling 1.2
    • Television career 1.3
    • Film career 1.4
  • Earnings 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Endorsement 3.1
  • Awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Early life

Lin's father, Lin Fan-nan (Chinese: 林繁男), and her mother, Wu Tzu-mei (Chinese: 吳慈美), are both from Tainan, in southern Taiwan. Following their marriage, they moved to Taipei where Lin and her elder brother Lin Chi-hong (Chinese: 林志鴻) were born. Lin attended Taipei Municipal Zhongzheng Junior High School and at the age of 15 was discovered by model talent scout Lin Chien-huan (Chinese: 林健寰).[4] She later attended Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Canada, then attended the University of Toronto until 1997, when she completed a bachelor's degree, double-majoring in Western art history and economics.

After graduating from university, Lin returned to Taiwan.[5] She intended to pursue a career in fine art and sought a position at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, but was turned away because she lacked a postgraduate degree in the field.[6] Lin continued to model part-time before leaving the industry and working as an administrative assistant for the Fubon Cultural and Educational Foundation. In 2000, Lin left Fubon and spent three months studying in Japan, then returned to Taiwan and modeling, with Catwalk Production House.


2009 Asia Model Festival Awards, South Korea

In 2002, Lin was invited to model in a television advertisement in Hong Kong. The advertisement received attention and discussion on the internet, and interest in Lin began to grow.[7] The following year, noted television producer Ge Hongfu offered Lin a position as hostess of a fashion program on Shanghai Oriental Television. In 2004, Lin starred in a broad series of advertisements in Taiwan that included big giant building-size posters, billboards, and television commercials. Almost overnight, Lin skyrocketed to national fame and became an instant celebrity model. Her rise to fame initiated a Taiwanese craze for supermodels, an effect commentators named "The Lin Chi-ling Phenomenon" (Chinese: 林志玲現象; pinyin: Lín Zhìlínɡ xiànxiànɡ).

Lin's popularity grew throughout the rest of 2004, as she began modeling in Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese advertisements, and continued when she began doing Japanese advertisements in 2005. From 2004 to 2006, Lin served as Taiwan's goodwill ambassador to the Japan Tourism Association.[8] One of the unintended results of Lin Chi-ling phenomenon is that due to Lin's popularity among her Chinese fans, some Japanese pornographic actresses resembling Lin have become more famous and more popular among Chinese fans than their native homeland Japan, and received nicknames given by their China fans in association with Lin Chi-ling,[9][10] such as in the case of Yui Hatano (波多野結衣/はたの ゆい), who is frequently referred by Chinese fans as AV Lin Chi-ling,[9] and Nozomi Aso (麻生希/あそう のぞみ), who is frequently referred by Chinese fans as AV little Lin Chin-ling.[10] On 8 August 2005, Lin was in Dalian, China, shooting an advertisement for Procter & Gamble home products when she fell from the back of a horse she was riding and was inadvertently trampled. Workers rushed Lin to a nearby hospital where doctors discovered that she had suffered six broken ribs, a punctured left lung, and an accumulation of blood in the pleural cavity.[11] Lin underwent four months of treatment and therapy, and announced in November 2005 that she had completely recovered.

Television career

Lin has had numerous roles in television over her time as a model, being the host of TVBS-G LA Mode News, TVBS-G Fashion Track, the Golden Melody Awards and the Top Chinese Music Chart Awards in 2005.

Lin starred as one of the three female leads in the 2010 Fuji TV Japanese television drama Tsuki no Koibito. The male lead is popular actor Takuya Kimura.

Film career

Lin has made her film début role in a historical epic directed by John Woo entitled Red Cliff. Playing the role of Xiaoqiao, it was her first time acting ever. In 2009, she starred together with Jay Chou in the action-adventure film The Treasure Hunter.


Taiwanese media reported Lin as #1 model in the "Richest Celebrities [in Taiwan]" list in 2007, with estimated earnings of TWD$60,000,000 (≈ AU$2,100,000 ≈ CA$1,900,000 ≈ UK£906,000 ≈ US$1,900,000), in which Jay Chou appeared as #1 male singer (with over TWD$100,000,000) and Jolin Tsai appeared as #1 female singer (with nearly TWD$100,000,000).[12]

Hong Kong press reported she was 2009's #1 highest-paid model in the Greater China region, followed by Chinese Jennifer Du (#2), Hong Kong's Gaile Lai (#3) and Lynn Hung (#4).[13] She has continuously ranked #1 on Taiwan's "Highest-earning models" list since 2004. Her earnings was estimated to be TWD$160,000,000 (≈ AU$5,400,000 ≈ CA$5,400,000 ≈ UK£3,370,000 ≈ US$5,320,000) in 2010, which consisted of those from advertisements (TWD$120,000,000) and various such as TV-series appearance in Japan (TWD$40,000,000),[14] and TWD$200,000,000 (≈ AU$6,600,000 ≈ CA$6,800,000 ≈ UK£4,240,000 ≈ US$6,600,000) in 2011.[15]

In the same year, she established a charity fund (財団法人台北市志玲姐姐慈善基金会),[16] which supports child welfare.[17]


Vogue Fashion's Night Out, Taipei, 10 September 2009
Year English Title Original Title Role Notes
2008 Red Cliff: Part 1 赤壁 Xiao Qiao
2009 Red Cliff: Part 2 赤壁 Xiao Qiao Both parts also released as a single 2½ hour trimmed-down version in 2009
The Magic Aster 馬蘭花 Da Lan Voice acting
The Treasure Hunter 刺陵 Lan Ting
2010 Moon Lovers 月の恋人 Liu Xiu Mei Japan TV Series
Welcome to Shama Town 決戰刹馬鎮 Chun Niang
2011 Love on Credit 幸福額度 Xiao Hong & Xiao Qing
2012 Sweetheart Chocolate
Accidental Hero 偶然英雄
2013 Say Yes! 101次求婚
Switch 富春山居圖 Lisa
2014 The King of Brand
Beijing, New York
2015 The Monk 道士下山

[18] [19]


She is the ambassador for numerous products and organizations[20] which includes

  • Olay Bath 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)
  • Uni-President Chicken Extact 2004 (Taiwan)
  • Chrysler Automobile (Taiwan)
  • Pantech G600 Cellular Phone 2004 (Taiwan)
  • KIA Automobile "Euro Carens" 2004 (Taiwan)
  • Xiduoduo Vegetable Fiber Congee 2004 & 2005 (China)
  • Lucky Grass Jewelry 2004 & 2005 (Taiwan)
  • Lee Cooper Jeans 2004, 2005 & 2006 (Taiwan)
  • Olay Skincare 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)
  • Visit Japan Campaign 2004, 2005 &2006 (Japan, Taiwan)
  • Asenka Frozen Yogurt 2004, 2005 & 2006 (Taiwan)
  • Joan Fashion Catalogue 2005 (Taiwan)
  • Pantene Shampoo 2005, 2006 & 2007 (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan)
  • ARTDECO Cosmetics 2006 (Taiwan)
  • Longines (Asia) 2006, 2007 & 2008 (Asia)
  • China Airline 2006, 2007 & 2008 (Global)
  • AEE Shoes 2006 & 2007 (China)
  • Artdeco Makeup 2007 & 2008 (China, Taiwan)
  • Sunvim Linen 2007 & 2008 (China)
  • OSIM 2007 & 2008 (China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan)
  • Autonavi 2013 (China, Global)
  • Procter & Gamble Breast Cancer Prevention Association “6 Minutes for Life” 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 (Taiwan)
  • World Vision AIDS Orphan Project 2006


  • "International Artist Credibility Award", 2nd International Television Commercial Arts Festival in 2006
  • "Hong Kong Style Icons", Hong Kong Trade Development Council in 2006
  • "Top Ten China Beauty", 5th International Beauty Week in 2006
  • "Best Fashion Icon at the 2nd Entertainment Award at Beijing in 2007
  • "Most popular New Actress", Baidu Award in 2008
  • "Best New Actress", Sina Award in 2008
  • "Best Asia Star Award", Asia Model Festival awards at Korea in 2009
  • "Most Influential Charity Icon", Charity Star Award in 2009


  1. ^ "Lin Chi-ling hopes to establish charity for needy children" February 8, 2011 Taipei Times
  2. ^ "Longines – Ambassadors of Elegances Personalities Page" (PDF). Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Zhan Weixiong 詹伟雄, (2008). Meixue de Jingji – Taiwan Shehui Bianqian de 60 ge Weixing Guancha 美學的經濟—臺灣社會變遷的60個微型觀察, literally: "The Economy of Aesthetics – 60 Microscopic Observations of Taiwan's Societal Changes". Taipei: Feng Ge Zhe. ISBN 957-29895-2-9.
  4. ^ 林健寰慧眼識英雄 發掘張鳳書、林志玲等女星 | 娛樂新聞 | NOWnews 今日新聞網. (26 March 2006).
  5. ^ "積極、樂觀,林志玲", literally: "Active and Optimistic Lin Chi-Ling", in Vogues Taiwan, 1998, issue 24, 180.
  6. ^ 林志玲鳳凰變身五重奏 光速走紅娛樂圈大揭秘-海峽兩岸-人民網.
  7. ^ 林志玲价码三级跳 千万续约费让唐安麒傻眼,, 10 September 2004,
  8. ^ .
  9. ^ a b "Lin Chi-Ling look alike Yui Hatano". Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  10. ^ a b "Lin Chi-Ling look alike Nozomi Aso". Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  11. ^ 中國評論新聞:林志玲傷得不輕 真的6根肋骨骨折. China Review News.
  12. ^ "ジェイ・チョウ「台湾歌手長者番付」でダントツ1位", 10 December 2007, Searchina (Japanese)
  13. ^ "【華流】香港メディアが調査、モデル出演料No.1はチーリン", 8 April 2009, Searchina (Japanese)
  14. ^ "【華流】台湾モデル年収ランキング、7年連続でチーリンがトップ", 10 December 2010, Searchina (Japanese)
  15. ^ "リン・チーリン、年収が5億円超え! トップの座をキープ", 17 December 2011, Searchina (Japanese)
  16. ^ "リン・チーリンがチャリティー基金会を設立、カレンダー発売で貢献―台湾", 12 November 2011, Record China (Japanese)
  17. ^ "【華流】リン・チーリン、子どもたちのためにチャリティー基金設立", 13 November 2011, Searchina (Japanese)
  18. ^ "Lin Chi-ling". Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  19. ^ "Lin Chi-ling". Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  20. ^ "Longines – Ambassadors of Elegances Personalities Page (Archive)" (DOC). Retrieved 10 November 2010. 

External links

  • Lin Chi-ling at IMDB
  • Chi-Ling at Catwalk Production House Official Website
  • Chi-Ling's Blog
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