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From fashion blogger to Vogue China editor in chief, the meteoric rise of Margaret Zhang

In Sydney, Margaret Zhang started her own fashion blog at 16. Today, at the age of 27, she's going to take care of the Chinese edition of the powerhouse fashion publication, Vogue.

On Thursday, Anna Wintour, Vogue global editorial director, made the announcement, saying she was "delighted that Margaret is our new Vogue China editor-in-chief."

Ms Wintour said, "Her foreign background, excellent multi-platform digital skills and wide-ranging interests are the right blend to lead Vogue China into the future."

During New York Fashion Week in 2019, Margaret Zhang.
During New York Fashion Week in 2019, Margaret Zhang.

Zhang has more than 1.2 million followers on Instagram and is a fixture in the front row of fashion shows across the globe, rocking a crop of bright blue locks.

She told her social media followers "What momentous news to kick off the New Year with," adding that she was "stoked."

"She joked with a friend on Twitter in a nod to the Wizard of Oz: "I don't think we're in the office of the Sydney University Law Society anymore.

Zhang is the youngest person to land a magazine editor-in-chief position and succeeds Angelica Cheung, the editor-in-chief of Vogue China, who had led the title for 16 years.

As a teenager, The Sydneysider launched the Shine By Three website to showcase her photography, which led her to work with Swarovski, Louis Vuitton and Dior as well as Harper's Bazaar and Nylon. In 2015, she was named Digital Influencer of the Year by Elle.

She was included in the 30 Under 30 Asia list of Forbes in 2016 and filmed fashion week in Sydney for the publication she is now going to run.

She scored 99.85 in her HSC and graduated with a degree in commerce/law from the University of Sydney.

Ms Zhang is a classically trained ballerina and pianist, contributing to her accomplishments.

Vogue Australia's editor-in-chief, Edwina McCann, told the Herald on Thursday that she had respected Ms. Zhang for years.

She described her as the "right person" to push China's "digital powerhouse" future, noting that for all fashion brands, the Chinese market is crucial.

In Sydney, Margaret Zhang studied law and commerce.
In Sydney, Margaret Zhang studied law and commerce.

"For both the Chinese and Australian fashion industry, it's a wonderful appointment for Vogue and an exciting moment," Ms McCann said.

"The nomination honors the ingenuity and smarts of Margaret. We are both very happy to welcome her to the Vogue family worldwide. I know that she's going to make a huge difference and I'm proud to see a Chinese Australian in the job.

Ms Zhang has also previously directed short films for Under Armour, a sportswear brand, including one starring Madison de Rozario, an Australian Paralympic athlete, who sent her well-wishes on Twitter.

"Thank you for what you have taught me," Ms. Zhang replied.