Thanks mostly to one woman, the Chinese cosmetic industry was born and has grown to become second only to the U.S. in beauty-product sales in the world. Yue-Sai Kan, a 1980s Emmy-award winning Chinese-American lifestyle host on China Central Television and PBS, used her celebrity status and fashion sense to introduce Chinese women to the world of makeup and skin care, by launching her own brand, Yue Sai, the first global Chinese brand of products designed specifically for Asian women.
More How a Former PBS Reporter Became "The Most Famous Woman in China"
On September 6th, Yue-Sai Kan (right) invited Chinese haute couture fashion designer Guo Pei to make her US debut during China Fashion Night dedicated to Chinese art and culture.
The night was a coming out party, a celebration of pioneering work, and a grand act of philanthropy. It was a melding of ancient and modern, and East meets West.
More Philanthropic China Fashion Night Debuts in New York
Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Emmy-award winning television host and producer. Chinese fashion icon. Best-selling author. Humanitarian. These are all titles for Yue-Sai Kan who visited campus and spoke to students on October 11, 2013, during a visit to Hawaii. She’s also a BYU–Hawaii alumnus.
More Learning, Leading and Giving – Alumnus Shares Lessons of Success
In 2004, L’Oréal bought the local Yue-Sai Cosmetics brand, which uses Chinese herbs in its creams. Sales of the line rose more than 20 percent last year as buyers snapped up items such as a 50-milliliter jar of Youth Preserving Moisturizer, made with ganoderma fungi, for 210 yuan. The company hopes to expand Yue-Sai this year by boosting sales through online Chinese retailers such as Tmall.
More L'Oréal Tailors New Cosmetics for China's Beauty Market