Chiling Lin

(BA 1997 UC)

Chiling Lin is a famous Taiwanese model and actress. She spent her high school years in Toronto, then studied economics and art history at UC. After graduation, she returned to Taiwan and began her modeling career. In 2004, she starred in a series of advertisements, skyrocketing to national fame. Her celebrity initiated a Taiwanese craze for supermodels that commentators dubbed "the Chiling Lin phenomenon." One of the most famous faces in Asia, she has been an official spokesperson for both China Airlines and Longines, and has starred in films and TV series in Hong Kong, China, and Japan. Fluent in Cantonese, Japanese, and English, she has served as Taiwan’s goodwill ambassador to Japan. The recipient of numerous awards for modeling and acting, in 2011 she established the Chiling Charity Foundation in support of child welfare.