The happiest day of my life is when I was chosen the hottest guy in my World of Warcraft guild, but that was only five guys and two of them were allergic to sunlight.

So I can only imagine how thrilled Xin Yuan Zhang must be as she is currently the number one hot girl in China, a country of 1.3 billion people. It’s important to note that she didn’t earn this honor by going through China’s impeccable beauty pageant circuit. She earned her notoriety through the people of the internet, making her truly the People’s Hottie of China.

Born in Hubei province in 1990, Xin Yuan Zhang first appeared on the scene in 2008 by uploading a photo of herself onto the internet for all to see.  The response was overwhelmingly positive as if her looks magically catered to everyone’s tastes.

And rightfully so. Zhang has a beauty that transcends trends and doesn’t pander or compromise. Separate from the giggly childlike polished idols so often seen in the media, she conveys a calmer maturity that’s refreshing to see.

She graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, but as fate would have it, acting had taken a backseat to a career in modeling.

The pictures below span the ages of 18 to 22 (present) and it’s plain to see what a difference four years makes. Although she looked good at 18 she still seemed too thin, her face had filled out perfectly since then.

Being widely considered the most beautiful girl on the internet in the most populated country in the world is no small feat.  The future looks bright for the People’s Hottie of China.

Source: Xin Yuan Zhang on Weibo (account needed) and on Teiba (Chinese)

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