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
#2 Fame first found
#3 Her international modelling career
#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
#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.
#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.