Christine Chiu is back in force for empire blingNetflix’s hit reality show that follows wealthy Asian Americans living in Los Angeles.
In the most recent second season, Chiu fulfills dual roles as star and producer. Besides her dual role, the philanthropist and mother of Baby G also saw the season as challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of her mother.
“I was in my most vulnerable situation,” Chiu shares in a FN-exclusive interview. “Unfortunately, I think I let my guard down to the wrong people and was really betrayed.”
Since empire bling filmed several daily scenes, Chiu made many wardrobe changes. One of her memorable looks from Season 2 was an Armani Privé couture dress, which Chiu says is “worth redoing” because it was worn on a flight from Orange County after Paris Fashion Week. . Shoes are a top priority for Chiu, who also collects Uggs and wellies. However, see-through shoes are her current style, coming from brands such as Gianvito Rossi and Amina Muaddi.
“I love anything clear and plexi right now, because I feel like it can just hide if you need it and do a soft accent if not,” Chiu shares. “I’m a Skittles type; even though sometimes my fashion consultants tell me to stick to black, i like to wear all the colors of the rainbow.
Chiu holds many secrets for wearing high heels, including wearing custom pairs from brands like Christian Louboutin. However, his best advice is to have some comfortable backups handy; she often keeps flats on her husband, Dr. Gabriel Chiu. Even in apartments, Chiu’s outfits always pack a punch – but despite the negativity online, she never lets others get in the way of her love for fashion.
“My answer is: empire blingnot Discreet Empire“, Chiu replies. “I’m sure if you wanted to see me wearing flats and flip flops and Uggs all day, you’d be very bored.”
As an AAPI culture advocate, Chiu suggests others support Asian-owned businesses and share dialogue of appreciation for its food, entertainment and more, believing in the power of Asian Americans celebrating their legacy.
“Not only did I take my culture and heritage a bit for granted growing up, but I almost tried to suppress it,” says Chiu, who dyed her hair and wore contacts to fit in with her peers. “Now I’m so happy to be able to embrace where I come from — and more importantly, to bring that kind of appreciation for our heritage and culture to Baby G.”
Check out more stars obsessed with Amina Muaddi’s heels in the gallery.