Asia's Most Wanted: Taiwan's Most Eligible Ladies
Editors of the Asia Tatler titles scoured the region to find them—the sort of jet-setting, merger-making, brainy beauties that any man (or woman) would fawn over. But between managing funds and running hotels, restaurants and fashion empires, as well as being philanthropists and politicians, these high-flying singletons barely touch the ground. They are undoubtedly the most swipe-right of city slickers, stars and socialites, but the question is: can anyone pin them down?
See Asia's Most Wanted by country:
1/9 Claire Chen
The daughter of Taiwanese artist Chen Huei-tung firmly established herself in the art world when she was handpicked by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to paint a portrait of his mother, Yoko, for her 88th birthday in 2016.
PERK: Free personal portraits.
2/9 Crystal Lee
This charming fashionista combines beauty, brains and a penchant for fashion, having designed for American brands Nine West and Guess before launching her successful children’s fashion brand, Elizabeth.
THAT'S NOT ALL: She holds three degrees.
PERKS: Befriend her and your kids will always be voted best-dressed.
3/9 Idan Chiang
The founder of design studio L’atelier Fantasia, Idan is one of Taiwan’s few female interior designers and her work has earned accolades from across Asia. She’s also an avid art buff, with more than 100 pieces of modern art in her collection.
NATURAL HABITAT: Constantly on the move between Mainland China and Taiwan for business.
PERKS: She’s a darling of Taiwanese journalists so you’re sure to make the headlines.
4/9 Irene Wang
This stunner first made waves as a model before moving into public relations, where she now aces it as a PR specialist for LVMH. She’s been involved in premier productions such as Fendi’s Great Wall of China fashion show. Don’t mistake her for just a pretty face, though. She holds an MA in brand management from the London College of Fashion, and revitalised and internationalised her family’s water dispenser business, Innotrio Group, after joining it in 2000.
NATURAL HABITAT: On the golf course, at the races or in the kitchen baking.
PERKS: Easy access to your daily litre of water.
5/9 Jean Lin
Currently marketing manager of family empire TP Catering Group, this business-savvy beauty pursued her passion for interior design by founding Wowpaper, a company that pulls together distinctive, luxurious wallpaper designs curated by Jean from around the globe.
NATURAL HABITAT: Slurping noodles in Japan, where she’s visited no less than 50 ramen joints.
PSST: She’s a big Ryan Gosling fan, so you’d better swot up on suitable quotes from The Notebook.
6/9 Latisha Chan
With her sister Angel, Latisha is half of a formidable tennis duo boasting more sibling doubles wins than anyone other than the Williams sisters.
NATURAL HABITAT: On the court or at WTA charity activities.
PERKS: She makes a killer lemon cake.
7/9 Michelle Bridgette Liao
The Boston University graduate is chief strategy officer of her family shopping mall business and co-founder of make-up label Bébé Poshé. Her 100,000+ following on Instagram attests to the glamorous life she leads.
8/9 Joyce Ho
This artist’s paintings have been exhibited in top venues from the Venice Biennale to the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art.
PSST: She’s also an accomplished sculptor, scriptwriter, theatre director and performer.
9/9 Pinky Lin
Born into the Chung Mei Pharmaceutical family, this beauty has brought a breath of fresh air to the 80-year-old business as brand director. A keen philanthropist, she has served as a member of the Asia-Pacific committee of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and has been honoured by the Crown Princess of Denmark.
NATURAL HABITAT: Fundraising events for Nepal and Sri Lanka.
PERKS: Fever? Allergies? You’ll be in safe hands.