Angelica Cheung

Angelica Cheung

Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China

The respected fashion journalist is a top-tier agenda-setter in the fast-growing fashion landscape of her native China.

China Media 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014

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The respected fashion journalist is a top-tier agenda-setter in the fast-growing fashion landscape of her native China.

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Biography

Angelica Cheung is the editor in chief of Vogue China and has played an integral role in the development of China’s fashion industry. Cheung launched the title’s first issue in September 2005. It sold out of its initial print run of 300,000 and had to be reprinted twice.

The youngest of Vogue’s editors-in-chief, Cheung was on the precipice of leaving her career in fashion to become a lawyer when she was offered the role. “At 36 or so, I was grown-up, experienced, worldly, and thought now was the time to finally become a lawyer.” Cheung had previously worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.

Vogue China now has a print circulation of approximately 1.6 million, and following the launch of its tablet and web presences, its reach has never been wider. The publication puts out 16 issues per year to meet demand and, according to Forbes, prints a full 200 more editorial pages than its American counterpart.

Her ability to balance the experience and renown of industry figures from the West, whilst appreciating the need for the magazine to be authentic to its own readership, is at the heart of the publication's success.

Cheung developed her career in fashion journalism through stints at Marie Claire Hong Kong and Elle China, as editor-in-chief and editorial director respectively.

When offered the job at Vogue, Cheung saw an opportunity, “At the time, international titles were not giving China the respect it deserved as a market. They would syndicate and translate material from elsewhere,” she told the Financial Times. “It dawned on me that I could create something entirely new.”

She did.

Career

  • Vogue Magazine
    Vogue Magazine

    Editor in Chief, Vogue China 2005 - Present, Beijing, China

  • Elle Magazine
    Elle Magazine

    Editorial Director, Elle China 1988 - 2005, China

  • Marie Claire Magazine
    Marie Claire Magazine

    Editor in Chief, Marie Claire China Hong Kong

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