Backstage

Swaying to the sweet tunes (quirks) of Kid Cudi in a temporarily converted parking lot in Beverly Hills feels like months ago, but it momentarily fed me some of that vibrantly surreal, heartbeat of Los Angeles that I had, for six years no less, struggled to understand.

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  • Laura Lama F.

    Great post! You always look beautiful dear

    Xx
    http://www.Lauralexo.com

  • Wow, your writing is gorgeous! Here is hoping to one day being able to write as you do :)

    functionofy.wordpress.com

    • Aditi Mayer

      Same! In fact after discovering Margaret I wrote a blog post 2 am into the morning rambling about her written glory, haha!
      xoxo, Aditi
      ADIMAY.COM

      • Yeah, it’s amazing. I’m on a new journey of being a magazine intern, something that is completely different to my world of academia (I HAD wanted to become a university lecturer, now not any more). And so I began reading fashion blogs. And my, I am so glad I found Margaret Zhang. Her writing is actual content, much like a diary. I am absolutely in love with her writing style!!

        • Aditi Mayer

          Indeed! And that shift is fascinating– the magazine world is quite seductive in some strange way. I’m a first year undergrad so I’d like to think I have some time before committing to anything (even though I’d like to major in nearly everything and be the next great polymath)… Haha, anyhow, would love to hear any other blog recommendations you have! And let me know if you have a BlogLovin or something to follow your blog on. You can check me out at adimay.com :)

          • Having studied for 7 years (3 years in an undergraduate economics course, one year in an economics honours, and now 3 years in a PhD in law), my advice: intern while you have the time! Try out all sorts of things, so then you know if you like it or not. First year and already interning, that is a great start. If I hadn’t interned at a Magazine, I would not have gone down that path because I wouldn’t have known that I would fall in love with it.
            For blog recommendations, at the top is Margaret’s blog for me. I’ve seen gorgeous photos in others, but Margaret’s tell stories in a way that fascinates me more so than others. I have no idea what BlogLovin is, but I should go check it out!

          • Aditi Mayer

            Glad to say that I have just began interning with the non profit organization International Princess Project (I actually initially sparked contact with them after collaborating for a blog post– I love to work with non-profits and social good based brands for my blog). I’m currently leaning towards a double in Literary Journalism + International Studies and minor in Management haha. But my work with social good companies has inspired me to pursue a career that will hopefully deal with social injustices. And I’m currently in the midst of potentially interning for another nonprofit this summer for an international photojournalism assignment! Yay!

            Bloglovin is a platform where you can follow blogs, whether they be from tumblr, blogspot, etc. No need for email subscriptions or anything. Great way to not only gain followers but to stay updated. But of course, back to our social media convo, Instagram is another great vehicle to stay updated! Oh lord, another shameless plug but… @aditimayer ;)

          • I hope you get the intern for summer :) Thanks for the spiel re BlogLovin, I will be finding out more in the next few days once I’ve done a little more work. Will be following your blog! (I have yet to get onto the Instagram bandwagon; clearly I am way behind technology these days…)

          • Aditi Mayer

            Thanks! And definitely– leave a comment or something of the like letting me know once you’ve done so, so that we can connect! Great talking to you Rachel :)

  • jasmineafia

    As always, so well put together Margaret.
    *mutters to self* What jet lag?

    Please keep doing what you do – your grind inspires us and what it produces inspires us even more.

    Jasmine xx

    http://www.afiaandjay.com

    • Thank you so much, Jasmine – happy new year to you, and I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Surely this post proves that you still get your best at early hours when you’ve been living life so fully?

    Elleosophy

  • Photography and writing works perfectly every single time! <3 Zhang-tastic!

  • Aditi Mayer

    oh lord Margaret you blow me away every time with your writings. And the leather jacket pairing with the trench– I’m dead.

    MUCH LOVE!
    xoxo, Aditi
    http://www.ADIMAY.com

  • These photos are amazing! So true, Los Angeles gives you this indescribable feeling you have to experience to know what everyone means.

    xx Cheyenne
    http://www.bohemianjourneys.blogspot.com

  • The shot of you with the towel on your head is painfully beautiful, so thanks for that . . . :)

  • What a cool post! Thanks for sharing!

    ♥♥♥

    Jeanne

    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

  • Ashley

    Lovely! What eye makeup are you wearing in the towel shot?

  • The outfit is on point!

    O.R.R.

  • Trixie

    Absolutely lovely, I love your outfit x

    trixkery.blogspot.com

  • Jia

    “a born old soul” – lovely, I feel you.

  • amazing as always ! Love the leather jacket paired with trench coat!
    http://BloggersBoyfriend.com

  • mcboodles

    You wear a towel better than Kings wear crowns!

  • This post is great, I love how candid you are here. I find updating my blog regularly tricky sometimes, especially over holidays. I can only imagine how hard it must be for you, because you are genuinely a busy person (I only pretend to be). The quality of your pics never drop though. Hope you had a relaxing break! xx

    http://www.RADRIENNE.com

  • Makes me want to go back to LA! xx

    http://www.thestylebk.com

  • Love all the photos! You’re amazing as such!

    xx
    Xin

    http://xincerely.blogspot.com

  • Words and pictures on point.

    http://charmystique.com/

  • This coat is dope.

  • Love, love, love your work.

  • Perfect! Totally love the look <3

    http://theluckywonder.com

  • Love! And happy holidays to you!

    http://www.theavantguardian.com

  • Every time you post, I am just so fascinated by you and your abilities, especially your writing style and I’m absolutely loving the trench. Impeccable style as always. ;)

    whispersofanarcissus.blogspot.co.uk

  • Looking gorgeous Margaret!! Great leather pants and mac combo. Hope you had a good time in LA
    Rachel x
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  • Looking gorgeous Margaret. Love! And happy holidays to you! This post is great. Thank you very much for posting this kind of blog. Keep your speed up. For more details: http://www.tallboysapparel.com/

  • chy

    I am so in love with your photography!

    -Chy

    http://noviceofstyle.blogspot.com/

  • Leah

    I love your style – both in writing and fashion. Oh, and your skin is flawless!

    http://www.trufflesandtrends.com

  • I have to say, I’m not a fan of red lips on Asian girls (don’t ask me why!) but this works darling. Fabulous!

    xoxo,
    Aela

    http://throughaelaseyes.com

    • Shiona Bessick

      Oh my god I totally agree! There’s something creepy about it. All I can think of when I see that gary pepper woman is monkey butt. I don’t know why…

      Not you, though MZ. You look great in red! Better in dark lips though.

  • Love the leather pants, new follower!

    – Grace xx

    P.S Would really appreciate it if you could maybe check out my blog and maybe follow if you feel so inclined? <3

    http://voguebeach.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Tayla Maree Craig

    always so inspiring !

    love it and love you x

  • love those leather pants!
    http://www.kandjdiaries.com

  • I just ignore onlookers – people do way weirder things than ultimate selfies!

  • Do you ever get worried of people stealing your camera when you’re shooting yourself in public?

    • mzhang

      Not particularly – nobody is that stupid, it’s only ever a maximum of 5-10m away. If I’m shooting in a heavily populated area, I’ll always have a friend just stand by my tripod to make sure nobody makes off with it.

    • Not particularly – nobody is that stupid, it’s only ever a maximum of 5-10m away. If I’m shooting in a heavily populated area, I’ll always have a friend just stand by my tripod to make sure nobody makes off with it.

  • Michelle

    Hi Margaret. Love this whole look. Would you mind telling me which sunglasses style they are? Is it Bread and Butter?

About

Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Zhang has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Zhang’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NOWNESS, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for four consecutive years. CNN has identified Zhang as a leading fashion photographer in Asia and ELLE named her the region’s most influential digital voice. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim. In 2018, co-curated the first annual FOREFRONT Summit focused on inter-industry problem-solving at all scales of business. From this king summit, Zhang developed FOREFRONT+ – a round table series of candid conversations covering subject matters of universal concern. In 2019, THE FACE Magazine engaged Zhang as Creative-Director-at-Large for Asia for its relaunch. Zhang is currently working on her first feature film.

 

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