FROM BASKETBALL COURT TO A MAGAZINE COVER PAGE – ZHAOYANG WANG, PUMP MAGAZINE’S FIRST CHINESE COVER MODEL

Unexpected twists and turns, along with unpredictable outcomes to actions make life beautiful, something many people do not realize.  Indeed, life is difficult, but the element of surprise is what makes a person grow into a better version of themselves. While life tests some by pushing them into challenges, it also allows people to land on unexpected opportunities they never saw coming. 

Life has unique ways of making people find themselves and their purpose. Sometimes through adversities, and sometimes through opportunities, a person meets their true purpose in life. Some people are lucky enough to realize their life’s purpose early, while others have to spend several years to understand what are they meant to be.

The 24-year-old Amber Wang, professionally known as Zhaoyang Wang, never knew she would become one of the first Chinese women to appear at the cover of Pump Magazine, a fashion lifestyle magazine. Appearing on such a prestigious fashion magazine, which only features very best in the industry, is one of the dreams young models enter into the industry with. However, not many can make it this far.

That being said, the life of Zhaoyang Wang is proof that when a person is meant to do one thing in life, the world creates such circumstances, which makes them land on the perfect opportunity. Some people call this fate; some call it luck, while others call it an act of nature to make a person meet their true purpose.

Coming Face-to-Face with Life’s Purpose

It takes years for people to understand what they were meant to do. Deciding on the perfect profession is one of the toughest decisions in life. There are people who spend their entire lives searching for a purpose; then, there are people who come face-to-face with their life’s purpose in the most unexpected ways.

Amber Wang was born on June 10, 1996, in Luoyang, Henan, China. She was a privileged child born in a well-off family. Her mother, Hongqin Wei, was the Vice President of a business club in Nanyang, and her grandfather was among the first series of pilots in China. Amber was loved by all, and nothing was stopping her from achieving her dreams, restrictions from family, or lack of resources.

While she was in Dongsheng Middle School, Amber developed a fondness for basketball. When she was 14 years old, she became a part of the local women basketball team. Not only was she an active player, but she also won the championship

At the age of 15, Amber moved to the United States to pursue her education. Little did she know that relocation to the US will change her life around. She entered Calvary chapel Christian school and completed her high school education.

For further education, she entered Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. However, she did not complete her graduation from this institute. Instead, she dropped out of college one year later and moved back to China. She worked to establish Warrior Education, an English training agency based in China. At the age of 19, she was serving as a CEO of this training agency that was established with a network of more than 30  high schools

After her English training agency turned out to be a success, Amber returned to the United States to continue her educations. She entered Penn State University and graduated with a degree in the communication of art and science.

On one casual day, she was hanging out in a shopping mall, having a perfectly fun day with her friends. She did not know that she was about to come face-to-face with her life’s true purpose. A model agency spotted the brown-eyed-girl, and her life was about to change. The agency offered her a modeling gig; as Amber was young, she realized that it was her time to explore the world and find a career that best suits her.

On the Way to the Cover Page

In 2019, Amber Wang participated in the elite model look competition. The competition instilled a passion for Amber to pursue a modeling career. Even though she did not win the competition, it brought her fame and helped her become a fashion sensation in the world of social media.

Her social media fame marked the start of her career as a model. Amber Wang took up a professional name, “Zhaoyang Wang.” She landed on a huge opportunity when she was invited by Wilhelmina Models for a sports art shooting by James Farrell, a famous sports photographer She also got an internship at the New York Fashion Week 2019.

It opened the doors for success for the young and beautiful Chinese model. She appeared in several campaigns in magazines, including the first volume of the 35th issue of Shuba Magazine, in the 6th issue of Luxia Magazine in May 2020, COVID-19 Time campaign of Elegant Magazine in the same month.

Zhaoyang Wang made it big in the industry when she was invited to New York Fashion Week 2020. All her successes then finally led her to one of the most significant opportunities for a model in the United States. She became the cover girl for Pump Magazine in 2020.

Zhaoyang Wang, who did not know that her perfect career match was modeling, became one of the first Chinese models to appear as the cover girl for such an esteemed fashion lifestyle magazine. Her life is a perfect example that if someone is meant to be at a specific destination, the world will find a way, and things will work out. The world creates circumstances, brings adversities and opportunities that lead a person exactly where they are meant to be!

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