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Who is casino tycoon's son Mario Ho engaged to? 8 things to know about Chinese supermodel Ming Xi

Wedding bells are ringing for Mario Ho, son of Macau billionaire Stanley Ho, and Chinese supermodel Ming Xi, after an elaborate proposal that involved 99,999 roses and over a thousand witnesses present.

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Chinese supermodel Ming Xi made headlines when Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho's son Mario proposed to her with 99,999 roses in Shanghai on Monday. The 24-year-old decorated three levels of Shanghai's L'Avenue Mall, owned by his mother, with 99,999 roses and invited over 1,000 family and friends to witness the fairy-tale proposal. Who is Ming Xi? Here are eight things to know about the newly-engaged Ming Xi.

 

#1 A university graduate

Born Xi Mengyao on March 8, 1989 in Shanghai, the Chinese model is a graduate of Shanghai's Donghua University, where she majored in fashion design and acting.
 

#2 Fame first found

She first gained attention when she took part in Let's Go! Oriental Angels, a Chinese reality TV show similar to American Idol, in 2009, where she was placed in the top five of the Shanghai zone.

 

#3 Her international modelling career 

She made her fashion debut in October 2009 by representing China in an Elite Model Look competition and was placed third. She was then signed on by Elite and has strutted in major fashion capitals and grabbed the attention of major fashion labels, such as Dior and Vivienne Westwood.

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Image: @mingxi11/Instagram

#4 She's one of the top four models in China

She was once named one of China's top four supermodels together with Liu Wen, Sun Feifei and Shu Pei by Xinhuanet, a website of the state-run Xinhua news agency.

#5 Ming Xi's not her real name

She was formerly known as Barbie, but she adopted the name "Ming" after the Westerners could not pronounce her name "Mengyao" and called her "Ming" instead.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As many of you may already know, I fell during my 5th year walking at the Victoria's Secret show yesterday. It was no doubt one of the hardest moments I have ever had to go through in my career, especially since the show was taking place in my hometown, in front of my mother's and my people's eyes. However, the support I received from everyone yesterday was incredible and I am truly grateful to everyone who was there for me. @ed_razek Thank you for your supportive words and your continuous support throughout these 7 years. @giizeleoliveira Thank you for helping me up after the fall, it was a very selfless and loving act from you. Thank you to all the girls who rushed to comfort me at backstage after what had happened, you are all family to me. Lastly thank you to everyone who sent and left me supportive messages. I will pick myself up from where I fell, and I will keep going in order to repay all the support you all have given me!! ❤️️#vsfashionshow @victoriassecret

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#6 She's a regular on the Victoria's Secret runway

Ming Xi's strutted down the VS runway since 2013. In 2017, she tripped on the catwalk of the first-ever Victoria's Secret fashion show held in China after she stepped on the train of her flowing costume during the show in Shanghai. She won praise for maintaining her composure and completing the catwalk after the tumble.

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#7 She's appeared on the big screen

She has acted in movies such as This Is Not What I Expected (2017), which starred Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhou Dongyu, and Kill Mobile (2018), which starred Tong Dawei and Ma Li. Kill Mobile is a Chinese remake of Italian movie Perfect Strangers (2016).

 

Ming Xi at at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 in Alberta Ferretti and Chopard. Image: @mingxi11/Instagram

 

#8 How she and Mario fell in love

She is a good friend of Mario Ho's elder sister Sabrina Ho (who recently also announced her engagement to a Harvard student). She became friends with Mario through the introduction of Sabrina. Xi and Mario fell in love after taking part in Mr Left Mr Right, where they were paired up in the Chinese reality dating show in 2017.

 

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