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You might not instantly recognise Margaret Zhang’s face, but chances are you’ve seen the 21-year-old law/commerce student around – probably on Instagram’s popular page. She’s a fashion blogger, stylist, photographer and ambassador for Clinique’s global Face Forward campaign, who has 493,000+ followers on Instagram.
She doesn’t own trackpants. She embraces Mt Everest-sized pimples. And her dad thinks that being a fashion blogger means she runs a clothing shop. We caught up with her to talk life, beauty and success.
What’s the one makeup look you’ll never be able to master?
“A smokey eye. The thing with Asian eyelids is that the crease doesn’t start where your eyeball starts, if that makes sense. So that’s a really big mistake I made when I was younger, I couldn’t figure out the smokey eye situation from YouTube tutorials. Normally don’t do eye make-up under my eyes. As you can probably see now from smiling so much it kind of smudges under my eyes.”
Being a fashion blogger, photographer and creative director, I can imagine what you do can be confusing to people who don’t quite get what you do.
“Well my dad thinks I have a shop. So that doesn’t work out because I don’t. I have so many samples coming in and out for the shoots and all the styling work I do and dad will say, ‘How’s the stock moving?’, and I’m like ‘Five years dad, five years.’ He tells all his friends that I have a shop and it’s really disappointing for them when they come to my website and it’s not a shop.”
You’ve mentioned that in life, people want you to fit into a “life formula” to achieve success, what’s been your experience of this?
“You want to please people; me more than anybody. I just wanted to make my parents proud. That’s all I wanted. But after a while you realise what they want for you is for you not to struggle. They don’t really care at the end of the day what you do, they just want you to be happy.
“And as much as the fashion thing freaks out my parents all the time, they are like ‘OK, well Margaret is kind of looking after herself, she flew her brother to Paris for his birthday, and that’s not normal for people her age, so she must be OK.’ One of the things that I stress to my agency and to all the people that I work with is, ‘Look, I don’t want a million dollars, I’m not in it to make a million dollars right now’.”