By Britt Buritt
At 14, Ishie Wang and her family immigrated to Toronto from Beijing. The teenager embraced her new home with her signature sunny disposition and volunteered with local organizations to improve her English. Now a mother and a successful model, Ishie lives in Ontario with her husband, four-year-old son, and parents-in-law.
We spoke with Ishie about what she wears and how she cultivates beauty from the inside out.
What is your favourite holiday tradition?
On Christmas Eve my husband always drives us to somewhere outside of town to have dinner in a local boutique restaurant. For example, last year we went to a restaurant on the way to Windsor in Ontario. The year before last we drove to a restaurant on the way to Kingston. We just want to enjoy the moment and the vibes in such a quiet place, with not a lot of people, and with the unique decorations, just the three of us. I think that’s pretty memorable.
Do you have a favourite holiday memory?
Back in China, the place I lived didn’t see much snow in the wintertime. I remember one year there was very heavy snow, which packed the balcony. That was very unforgettable as a childhood memory because I didn’t have a chance to see that much snow in China. Of course, now, in Canada half of the year is like winter.
Where in Ontario do you live?
I live in Markham. It’s northeast of Toronto and more like a Chinese community. Food is definitely one reason that I love to live here. If I want to eat Japanese food, Korean food, Chinese food, even different kinds of Chinese food, it's here in Markham. It’s very convenient. People just drive everywhere and the parking is very convenient.
How would you describe your personal style?
I don’t follow trends blindly. I always pick the piece that fits me and that fits my body and that fits my personality. For example, regardless of what the trend is right now, I like to wear high-waist jeans because they give my body very good proportions. I think fashion lasts only seasonally but style forever.
What do you usually wear?
I have pale skin and black hair, so I always wear silver-colored jewelry because I think the blue undertones fit my skin color and my hair color. And I always wear a little bit of black eyeliner and red lips—bold red lips. I think a red lip is a very beautiful color for everybody, but for me it’s not just about being sexy. It’s more like, you know, a feeling of mystery. I think my favourite look is always a black outfit, which is pretty timeless, classic, and very stylish, as well. Also I wear Dior Poison.
What is your beauty routine?
I live very healthily. Instead of taking supplements, I drink a lot of water, eat a lot of fruit, and then I do very light exercises when I wake up, and then go to sleep very early every day. At night, I very carefully remove all my makeup and then I do great intensive hydration. I've used Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair for 10 years. And I always carry positive energy and I’m very optimistic about everything. I think inner beauty and energy extend to your face.
What is your favourite thing about living in Canada?
In China, the people around me were all Chinese. We speak the same language, same dialect. We think the same way, we look the same. After I came to Canada, everybody around me was from different parts of Asia. Some of them from Japan, from Korea, from the Philippines, from different parts of China. We all speak English but we all have our unique accent. I think that’s very beautiful. We share our stories, backgrounds and opinions, and we just learn from everybody. My field of vision has expanded so much.
How was your experience emigrating from China?
When I arrived in Ontario, I did a lot of volunteering in kindergartens, in hospital transportation, in the community church and animal shelters in the east part of Toronto. Every day after high school I helped people as well as practised English. My mantra is that if you are positive and bring sunshine to people, spend time and pay attention to people who need help, then it will pay back, you know. Eventually you will gain something from it; you learn a lot. I practised my English a lot during that period of time. I think it was a very important and meaningful moment in my life.