Ma Yanli was born to a family of farmers in Zhoukou City, Henan Province, and is a renowned Chinese model, actress and fashion designer. Ma proved that a young girl can stand out from the pack with her beauty, talent and diligence. Ma, originally a provincial-level rowing champion, left professional sports to pursue a career in modeling in 1994. She won first place at the First Shanghai International Fashion Model Contest in 1995, and her increasing popularity with famous designers and top advertisers made her China’s No.1 model between 1998 and 1999. Ma is now a fashion designer who has successfully created her own fashion brand-Mary Ma series.
English name: Mary
Born: Nov. 25, 1974