As a multi-media mogul holding the titles of publisher, author, blogger and TV presenter, Hung Huang boasts a formidable career that has seen her become one of Chinese fashion's most influential figures. Chief executive officer of China Interactive Media Group, Huang oversees the publication of the fashion glossy iLook and also holds the licence for Time Out Beijing. Oft referred to as China’s answer to Oprah Winfrey, the media executive has hosted several TV shows including ‘Bright Talk’ and has also starred in a Chinese film. The Chinese mogul also boasts over nine million followers on Weibo – a Twitter-like micro-blogging site – and in 2011 was included in Time magazine’s poll for their ‘100 Top Time Candidates’.
An outspoken champion for the Chinese fashion industry, Huang has played a pivotal role in the support of emerging Chinese fashion designers, through promotions in iLook and her social media platforms. In 2010 Huang opened her first store, Brand New China (BNC), in Beijing, a chic designer concept boutique providing space for young Chinese designers to showcase their wares, alongside furniture and luxe accessories. Huang also acts as director of Beijing's Gehua Design Museum, organising exhibition spaces, libraries and seminars for young Chinese creatives and promotes alliances among designers, manufacturers and retailers, with the aim of making fashion production more commercially viable.
Huang began her career in publishing in the early ‘90s, taking over the then struggling state-owned magazine and turning it into a leading fashion publication. The daughter of a prominent Chinese family, Huang had spent a part of her formative years in America, attending the prestigious Vasser College in New York State for her undergraduate studies. Prior to iLook, Huang dedicated herself to the Chinese socialist cause, working at several state-owned factories. The prominent Chinese businesswoman has since published three books, including auto-biography ‘My Abnormal Life as a Publisher’ in 2003. Hung Huang is a contributor to The Business of Fashion.