Bonnie Chen’s resume includes trips down some of fashion’s most influential runways, as well as editorials in the China editions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. It also includes a national title in rhythmic gymnastics and a degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. The Nanjing, China, native has one of the more interesting model backgrounds we’ve ever seen, and if her current cachet in the industry is any indication, we can expect to see much more of her in the coming years.
We photographed Bonnie for a few editorials recently, and took advantage of her time on set to ask her a few questions.
SHOPBOP: What is the best part of your work?
BONNIE CHEN: It's so unique. I go to the most random places with the most random people. I never know what is going to happen next. Every experience is different, and it is always exciting.
SB: What would you do if you were not a model?
BC: I would open my own cafe with a little bookstore in my hometown of Nanjing. That is my little dream.
SB: You’re known as “a top student” among Chinese models. Why did you decide to go into modeling after graduating from University of Pennsylvania?
BC: I always loved fashion, but education was the most important thing in my family. This way, everyone is happy. My family is happy that I have the foundation and security to build a career after I finish modeling, and I’m happy because I get to do what I love.
SB: Do you have any style advice for our readers?
BC: My advice is to know who you are first. Pick the outfit that makes you most confident, rather than relying on labels, and don't follow trends religiously. You have to be aware of what suits you and your body.