Vogue China
Cover of 100th issue (December 2013) featuring actress Shu Qi
Editor-in-ChiefMargaret Zhang (章凝)
Former editors
Circulation2 million[1]
PublisherCondé Nast with China Pictorial Publishing House
First issueSeptember 2005
Based inBeijing

Vogue China (Chinese: 服饰与美容) is the Chinese edition of Vogue magazine. The magazine carries a mixture of local and foreign content.

Vogue China became the sixteenth edition of Vogue when its first issue was released for September 2005;[2] its debut had been in the works for over two years.[3] The magazine's first cover featured Australian model Gemma Ward alongside Chinese models Du Juan (杜鹃), Wang Wenqin (王雯琴), Tong Chenjie (佟晨洁), Liu Dan (刘丹), and Ni Mingxi (倪明曦). Its initial first printing of 300,000 copies sold out, requiring a second printing to be made. [4] The magazine is published by Condé Nast in partnership with the state-owned China Pictorial Publishing House. [5]

Margaret Zhang became the editor-in-chief of Vogue China in February 2021, replacing Angelica Cheung (张宇) who had been the editor-in-chief since the magazine's launch in 2005.[6] Cheung had a journalistic background and had worked for multiple newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong such as Marie Claire and she was previously the editorial director of Chinese Elle.[7] Zhang was appointed to the role of editor-in-chief at the age of 27, making her the youngest EIC in Vogue history.[8] There are 16 editions of Vogue China published every year. As of November 2020, Vogue China circulated around 2 million copies.[9]

Mario Testino has described Vogue China as the world's "most important Vogue".[10]

Advertising and profit

Many advertisers are competing for space in Chinese publications. “Advertisers don’t pay attention to large distribution, rather they prefer a safe environment for their advertisement,” says Hung, the publisher of the independent fashion magazine.[11] It is reported that "fashion labels are putting even more money into advertising in China than in the States."[11] Vogue magazine is already an internationally well-known publication, which makes advertisers feel safe placing their advertisements in their magazines. There is a large competition to get advertisements in magazines. “When Vogue came and took away some of the others’ advertising income, Trends Media Group, who publishes Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan, reported Vogue for a “minor regulatory technicality,” which forced Vogue to move its whole editorial staff from Shanghai to Beijing.”[11] Magazines fight each other over advertisers because they are a large source of profit. However, since there is no third party auditing system in China, it is unclear whether high profile magazines such as Vogue are profitable because of their distribution sales or the advertisements that they feature. “In a fair market environment, our niche distribution will not seem so distant from the bloated distribution figures of the giants,” said Hung, a publisher of the independent fashion magazine iLook.[11] In the fall of 2021, Vogue China launched a new bi-monthly edition, Vogue Plus (+), available on print and digital platforms. This new issue of Vogue China specifically targets Gen Z audiences and replaces the magazine's former Vogue Me edition and is believed to be run by Lily Choi, the former editor of Vogue Me.[12] Vogue +'s first cover, October 2021, featured Timothée Chalamet, both as its cover model and guest editor, and discussed Chalamet's performance in Dune. [13]

See also


  1. ^ "Angelica Cheung: founding editor of Vogue China to leave after 15 years". The Guardian. The Guardian Vogue China currently has a circulation of 2m and a social media following of 23m.
  2. ^ "Despite Mounting Censorship Concerns, China is Seeing a Rise in Indie Mags". The Fashion Law. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  3. ^ Vogue China launches.
  4. ^ "Angelica Cheung, Former Editor-in-Chief Vogue China". Business of Fashion. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Vogue China editor Angelica Cheung is no devil in disguise but she is one of the most powerful people in fashion". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  6. ^ Phelps, Nicole (25 February 2021). "Margaret Zhang Is the New Editor in Chief of Vogue China". Vogue. Vogue. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  7. ^ “In Vogue in China.” The Irish Times, n.d. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/magazine/2012/0121/1224310483007.html.
  8. ^ "Margaret Zhang, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China". Condé Nast. Condé Nast.
  9. ^ "Angelica Cheung: founding editor of Vogue China to leave after 15 years". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  10. ^ "MARIO TESTINO BTS SHOOTING THE ENTIRE 100TH VOGUE CHINA ISSUE (in the video: MAKING OF: VOGUE CHINA - SPECIAL EDITION - MARIO TESTINO'S CHINA)". 2014-12-31. Testino: Vogue China is the most important Vogue in the world...
  11. ^ a b c d "Can China Save Fashion Magazines?". Fashionista, n.d.
  12. ^ Fernandez, Chantal (25 February 2021). "Vogue China Launches Gen-Z Friendly Supplement". Business of Fashion. Business of Fashion. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  13. ^ Cox, Daniel. "VOGUE Plus (+) Might Be Vogue's Next Best". Material Magazine. Retrieved 30 April 2023.