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Traveling inspires designer

SPENDING her childhood in China's central leadership compound Zhongnanhai with her grandparents and parents, jewelry designer Wan Baobao, often dubbed a typical "red third generation," said she had little interest in politics.

Born to a famous political family - her grandfather was Wan Li, a vice premier and later chairman of the National People's Congress, and her father was a minister - her background follows her wherever she goes and is mentioned every time the media interviews her.

"My life has been about finding a balance between the fashion world and my traditional 'red family'," Wan once told a Chinese weekly newspaper.

Last week, the famous socialite attended a Johnnie Walker event for Blue Label whisky with Chinese pianist Zhao Yinyin and other celebrities in Beijing.

Wearing a silk blue evening gown, Wan's sharp-cut style was symbolic of China's nouveau riche.

She said her international and cosmopolitan life have led her to become a jewelry designer, with a resolutely modern take on style and femininity.

Due to her parents and grandparents, Wan enjoyed special treatment and advantages only imagined by most, but also lived with a lot of pressure. According to the jewelry designer, her parents were overprotective, which made her afraid of the outside world as a child.

Wan said she finally decided to study design abroad and travel around the world alone. She said to this day she feels more relaxed and talkative with friends or strangers who don't know her family's background.

She said a fashion icon can be built by a professional team and declined to mention any particular fashion brands, designs or designers that she likes.

To her the most important thing is talent, enjoying life, and traveling around to broaden horizons.


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