Meet Stella: Tsinghua Student, Fashion Influencer & Aspiring Journalist

She’s waiting in front of the School of Journalism and Communication building in a maroon Burberry fleece sweater and black Valentino knee-length skirt. Her jet-black hair drapes elegantly over her shoulders, and she’s holding a black Hermes Picotin tote bag. 

From afar, her elegance and sophistication make her seem slightly unapproachable. However, as soon as she sees me walking her way, a sweet smile appears on her face.

Stella was born in Chongqing, China. Her family moved to Beijing when she was twelve months old, and later to Vancouver, Canada, when she was 10 years old. “I feel like I’m culturally split between these three hometowns,” she says. “My birthplace is Chongqing, but I don’t speak the dialect. So I consider Beijing as my home in China, yet Vancouver is most familiar to me,” she explains.

Stella attended the University of British Columbia, where she majored in English Literature before arriving in Beijing. “I have always been inspired by the art of persuasion through language,” she says.

Happy to be back in Beijing and pursuing a master’s in Global Business Journalism (GBJ) at Tsinghua University, she has high aspirations for her future career. Stella would either like to run her own magazine focusing on fashion or travel, or be the host of a show that bridges Eastern culture and Western culture.

Details on Stella’s Outfit

To say that Stella is the most fashionable student in the GBJ program is an understatement. To her, fashion is more than just showing her personality through garments. When asked what her favourite clothing brand is, her eyes light up as she says Dior and D&G. 

“Fashion is important to me because it brightens up my life. To me, it’s not about impressing other people. When I’m well put together I’m in a better mood. Good taste in clothing contributes to your charisma.” Stella says.

When asked how she would ideally blend fashion and journalism together, Stella says she hopes to inspire other girls interested in fashion through her own magazine or show. “I want to use the skills I learn from this Journalism program and focus on topics I care about, like fashion or travel,” she says.

Get to Know Stella

Name: Stella Zhang

Age: 24 years old

Horoscope: Libra

Hometown: Chongqing, Beijing and Vancouver

Favorite Season: Summer

Hobbies: Traveling, watching movies, and dining

5 Questions with Stella

Describe your style in one word:


Favorite accessory?

Handbags and shoes

Favorite blog and why? because it keeps me up to date with fashion. I like the fact that she’s a successful Asian female businesswoman with both a Western and Eastern based audience.

What fashion advice do you have for others?

Find the right color for your skin tone.

In two years time, at our master’s program graduation, what will you add to your cap and gown to make a fashion statement?

I will probably add a brooch to my gown, and tie my hair in a ponytail with a twilly. Oh, and have a nice manicure of course.

Follow Stella Zhang and her fashion style on Instagram: @babystelaa

Stella and I are both from Vancouver and in the Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University. This interview is part of a series of blog posts for a course in the program.

Behind the Scenes: Stella and I looking through photos I took of her for the interview.

(Photo credit to Yasu)

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