Photograph by Liz Hingley for TIME

Fan Bingbing

The first thing I noticed when I met Fan Bingbing was her inner strength, which was exuded so effortlessly it was difficult to take my eyes off her. I am not the only one. A giant star in mainland China, Fan Bingbing has also made her mark in Hollywood as Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past. And her innate sense of style has made her a natural to represent global brands.

She is also a woman who knows her own strength. Not only is Fan Bingbing a brilliant actor, but she is also a formidable businesswoman. She's one of the world's highest-paid female actors, she has created her own studio to make her own films and develop other projects, and still she finds time for philanthropy, co-founding Heart Ali to help children who suffer from congenital heart disease. Her fierce independence has earned her the nickname Fan Ye, or Master Fan. She is the woman she wants to be. Her wish, as they say, is our command.

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Von Furstenberg is a fashion designer and chair of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

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