Kelly Lin: Beauty and the Bag


Photos courtesy of GQ Taiwan

One of the biggest names in the Hong Kong film industry, Kelly Lin (or Lam Hei Lui/Lin Hsi Lei depending on the dialect you speak), is an avid bag collector who’s earned her place in the Bag Snob Hall of Fame, she is also one of my best friends! I thought it would be fun for our readers to learn about Kelly from her best friend’s point of view so I convinced her to be our latest Snob File profile (well, I kind of just told her and as usual, she went along with me). I met Kelly 11 years ago when we both moved to Taiwan after graduating college, she from the University of California at Irvine and I from the University of Southern California. To the outside world, we seemed the most unlikely pair of people to bond, she was quiet and reserved while I was bossy and talkative. But Kelly, like most movie stars, is not as she appears. She’s going to kill me for saying this but she can be just as talkative as me and certainly as bossy! This is a girl with multiple cell phones (sometimes talking on one while text messaging on the other two)! So what is her other favorite past time? Buying bags of course! Forget fancy cocktail dresses or Chanel jackets (unless she’s working), for Kelly, it’s all about the bag! Her birkin collection is just as extensive as mine (we often trade and share bags) and she also collects everything from Jil Sander to vintage bags. Kelly’s style is casual and unpretentious, just like her personality.

kelgq8.jpgShe was named the sexiest Asian female star in the world by FHM magazine and is revered as one of the great beauties of her time so you’d think all this would go to her head but she has not changed one bit since I’ve known her (no diva behavior from this screen goddess!) She’s still the same tomboy with no make up in her worn out converse shoes and jeans that I’ve known and loved for almost a dozen years 🙂 Kelly is also the kindest and most generous person you’ll ever meet, which attributes to her success and endurance in an industry where few survive for long.

Bag Snob: How many birkins do you have? I know the answer since I helped you get a couple but our readers want to know 🙂

Kelly Lin: 5 birkins (white, black, blue jean, orange, chocolate)

Bag Snob: Style icon?

Kelly Lin: Audrey Hepburn because she’s graceful and classic

Bag Snob: Beauty secret for staying so youthful

Kelly Lin: Keep smiling and be happy. (Bag Snob note: so it has nothing to do with the monthly 3 hour facials from Annie our skin guru?)

Bag Snob: Morning routine

Kelly Lin: Wash my face, a big glass of warm water, then breakfast (Bag Snob note: don’t lie, the first thing you do is check your cell for voice mail/text messages, then your computer to check email and to read Bag Snob 🙂

allstars.jpgBag Snob: Travel Essentials?

Kelly Lin: Sexy lingerie, a pair of worn out converse, ipod, and a photo of my honey 🙂 (Bag Snob note: Kelly’s honey is a cutie and he cooks but I’m wondering why she needs sexy lingerie when traveling with his photo?)

leilei2.jpgBag Snob: Current Favorite bag

Kelly Lin: My white birkin

Bag Snob: Best Gift Ever Received

Kelly Lin: Set of vintage jewelry my special someone bought me for my birthday, which was picked out by Bag Snob 🙂 (Bag Snob note: Oh yeah! That was a lovely set, amongst other things, I am also her personal shopper)

Bag Snob: Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, what do you find?

Kelly Lin: Oops, I don’t think I can tell you (Bag Snob note: Excuse me but this is a rated PG website)

Bag Snob: Favorite vacation spot

Kelly Lin: I go to Paris once a year, it’s one of the most romantice places I’ve ever been to! (Bag Snob note: I thought my house was your favorite vacation spot? What, the suburbs aren’t romantic?)

chanel%20alligator%20clutch.jpgBag Snob: Must have bag for Spring?

Kelly Lin: a Chanel clutch (Bag Snob note: I just got a blue one but you can’t borrow it for at least 6 months)

Bag Snob: Heels or Flats?

Kelly Lin: Definitely Flats, I can’t walk in heels, unless I’m working……

Bag Snob: When did you last cry?

Kelly Lin: when I was watching “The Holiday” a month ago.


  1. coachwife6
    March 23, 2007 / 12:42 pm

    What a fabulous relationship. You both are so lucky to have each other. Enjoyed the read.


  2. jenny
    March 23, 2007 / 2:07 pm

    oh my god. kelly lin is one of ur best friends??????? that’s crazy! she’s sooooo pretyy

  3. Sara
    March 23, 2007 / 4:19 pm

    She is gorgeous! What a fantastic friendship you have!

  4. March 23, 2007 / 8:00 pm

    Wow. Seriously! WOW!!!

  5. March 23, 2007 / 10:31 pm

    wow!! Kelly Lin is one of your best friends? I’m so impressed. She is jus so hot and I always wish I had her kind of body -_-”

  6. amy
    March 23, 2007 / 11:41 pm

    its a great article.

    i am bless to hear that you guys have such great friendship.

    keep up the good work bag snob 🙂

  7. Rita
    March 24, 2007 / 1:27 am

    Wow! That’s sooo cool you guys are friends! She’s a very talented actress! And sexy too!

  8. John gardner
    March 24, 2007 / 5:23 pm

    Wow this is cool to see kelly is an old friend of mine when she lived in goleta.

  9. daisy
    March 24, 2007 / 10:58 pm

    luv luv kel 🙂 she is the sweetest and most deserving and yes tina is right she can be bossy! omg it’s john from carp!

  10. John G.
    March 25, 2007 / 2:12 pm

    Hi Daisy, Tell Kelly i said HI.

  11. Bag Snob Tina
    March 25, 2007 / 3:03 pm

    Is it me or is this starting to feel like a high school re-union forum?

    John- I’ve forwarded your email to Kel per her request 🙂

    Hi Daisy! Long time no see, hopefully will catch up with you soon!


  12. Lissa
    March 26, 2007 / 7:14 pm

    Ooh an anteater alumnus!!! Zot Zot!!

  13. Trims
    March 28, 2007 / 8:04 am

    wow! kelly lin is very beautiful, very sexy & very talented actress!I’m a big fan! I hope you she’ll be frequently featured here. Every girl should be envoius of her beauty. I’m kinda intrigued though that she has already a boyfriend? wow! a cutie “honey” who can cook! Darn! some girls are really born lucky! But I’m curious though…who’s the lucky guy? Is he also an actor? 🙂

  14. Trims
    March 28, 2007 / 8:06 am

    wow! kelly lin is very beautiful, very sexy & very talented actress!I’m a big fan! I hope she’ll be frequently featured here. Every girl should be envious of her beauty. I’m kinda intrigued though that she has already a boyfriend? wow! a cutie “honey” who can cook??? Darn! some girls are really born lucky! But I’m curious though…who’s the lucky guy? Is he also an actor? 🙂

  15. Jade
    March 28, 2007 / 9:11 pm

    Very cool read!

  16. laurenx
    March 29, 2007 / 9:18 am

    this girl kelly is really cool, and your friendship is cool,too! Funny coz I always see her as the “ever glamorous” beautiful star, but i’m surprise she is a tomboy who loves wearing worn out jeans & converse shoes in real life! well coming from you, its defintely true. now i admire her even more. is she married?

  17. April 8, 2007 / 5:40 pm

    Hi! It was so nice to see Kelly Lin on your website. I got to know some things about her. I really find her pretty, sexy, and stylish.

    I wonder, was she talking about Ken Zhu? :p

  18. Kate
    April 9, 2007 / 1:50 am

    Wow!That’s fantastic to have this kind of friendship.You both are lucky.(Frankly,I like the Chanel clutch as well.)

  19. leia
    April 13, 2007 / 5:24 am

    Hi! She’s a pretty actress. My professor talked so much about Hongkong films, how he loved watching ’em, and according to him, Kelly is such a charmer and a smart lady. I heard she’s nominated @ the HK film awards. Goodluck!

  20. Knetics
    April 14, 2007 / 3:22 am

    I agree. Kelly is sexy, stylish pretty & so grounded. But is she really referring to Ken Chu Hsiao Tian of popgroup F4 as her “Honey”? he he. What dya know! They look great together! I wish them both all the best!!! Just imagine if they would really end up together… they’ll definitely have beautiful kids! oopps! :p just kidding!

  21. leanne
    April 15, 2007 / 4:48 am

    yah right kelly is really sexy,preety & also smart!!by the way i wish her all the happiness in life!!and also good luck to her relationship with her HONEY!!and i also wanted to congratulate her for being nominated as best supporting actress!!but i am curious who is the lucky guy anyways??hehehe!!!

  22. ai_ni18
    May 1, 2007 / 3:27 am

    I’m wondering who the HONEY is? is it really Ken Chu Hsiao Ten of JVKV(F4)…. can cook!!!!

  23. kellyken lovers
    May 5, 2007 / 6:02 am

    i just hope that shes refering ken chu as her honey

  24. xiao_mille
    May 6, 2007 / 6:22 am

    hi ive just seen this wallie and i really love this one!!i hope KELLY WOULD MIND IF I POSTED IT!!ive done this fanfic last month!!and i realy like to do their fanfics!!

  25. leane
    May 17, 2007 / 8:59 am

    we miss kelly lin so much!!!what’s new with her??does she attend at the cannes festival in france???

  26. camille
    June 25, 2007 / 6:42 am

    uhmm!!by the way ive just read about kelly’s new movie and it also says that she’s working with the former f4 member zhu xiao tien who is currently had rumoured with her!uhmm for me based on the write ups about the story/movie i hope that the both of them would accept the role!!but then if the rumoured is true that ken&kelly do have a relationship until now!!well i just wish them all the happines in life!!hehehe!!!good luck!!and onething ilike about her is she’s so mysterious&verry private when it comes to her personal life well that is actualy good!!unlike those stars now a days that they do like to have more publicities whether it is good or bad!!!uhmm actually i further admit that iam a ken & kelly lin fan!!since i watched their movie called tokyo trial!!they realy look good together!!thanks for reading my msg!!I WISH HER MORE HAPPINES IN LIFE AND WERE ALWAYS HERE TO SUPPORT HER!!!!!

  27. Jasmine
    July 9, 2007 / 12:41 am

    OMG!!!It’s my first time visit bag snob, and my first reaction is to see your pix and your birkins.

  28. DanMor
    July 9, 2007 / 9:56 pm

    Kelly Lin is just the prettiest face to ever grace the silverscreen! I wonder what’s new with her?

  29. Anonymous
    July 19, 2007 / 7:17 pm

    Ever since the first Gong Li film I saw in the 80’s I can’t get over how stunningly gorgeous Chinese film stars are.(men and women). They seem to exude the glamour and luster lost to our sorry ass cinema greats since the golden age of Hollywood! I mean really. I saw a lot of Kelly photos from Cannes and she was in an entirely different league. Like I was saying about Princess Di vis a vis the Posh one, no team of stylists are necessary to enhance her.

  30. Anonymous
    July 25, 2007 / 9:22 am

    cheer up lei lei

  31. Anonymous
    July 29, 2007 / 6:26 am

    Be strong Leilei!I know you can get through this crisis.Be strong… both of you & your special someone! Godbless!

  32. Bag Snob Tina
    July 29, 2007 / 9:00 am

    Hi Everyone!

    Thank you for the kind words to Lei Lei, I have spoken to her and she is grateful for all your support and would like me to tell you that she is doing fine!



    July 30, 2007 / 12:05 pm

    Thanks Tina. I’m glad she’s doing fine. Just saw her photos recently for the addidas event in Shanghai. She still looks fabulous in a casual sporty attire. I admire how she handles all these media frenzy. As much as I want to be happy about her & Ken, I feel awful too, how things turn out.Its indeed scary to be a celebrity! But I’m sure they’re both smart in handling this. Yeah, dont give them the satisfaction of exploiting your relationship. We will support you both! Jia You!

  34. camille
    July 31, 2007 / 7:56 am

    whohoho!!GO GIRL CHEER UP!!!were always here for you!!GOD BLESS and i know you can handle all these problems!!just do have faith and cheer up!!hehehe!!


  35. megan
    July 31, 2007 / 8:55 am

    your welcome tina.were glad that she’s doing fine.

  36. carla
    July 31, 2007 / 9:19 am

    kelly, i totally understand why suddenly you feel like you want to quit…i know love doesn’t come knocking at your door everyday…so if you decide to take some time off to nourish & enjoy that love, then go girl!! we will support sooo happy for you (u lucky girl)

    GO KEN & KELLY!!!

  37. rach13
    August 1, 2007 / 11:56 pm

    Jia you lei lei. . . am sure you and you’re special someone can overcome this hurdle. . . by the way you both look good together 🙂

  38. camille
    October 29, 2007 / 1:55 am


    October 29, 2007 / 8:01 am

    Happy Birthday, Kelly! Sorry Tina, if we have to do our greetings here.We dont know where to post our greetings for Kelly. Anyway, we wish her all the best in life! May she will always be happy and inspired. We’re praying so hard for her to succeed in all of her endeavors, because she truly deserves the best! Godbless!

    N.B. Does Kelly have an English website?

  40. February 19, 2008 / 11:34 pm

    Kelly is really beautiful in the recent BAFTA awards in Berlin. Please send my regards to her. I love this site so much! I hope you can feature some more of Lei Lei!

  41. Anonymous
    June 9, 2008 / 9:08 am

    So happy to learn that Kelly is under Michelle Yeoh & Terrence Chang’s company now. Looks like the future is really bright for her. She deserves it. Very talented & very beautiful artist! Hope she’s doing fine, despite of the very sad news about the case against China Times. But I admire her courage & idealism! I think she just made a statement there depsite of losing in the case, that she’s not just someone to mess around with!All the best for you,Kelly! Be happy! Godbless!We’ll always support you!

  42. Landy
    June 10, 2008 / 9:10 am

    Kelly Lin, what’s been happening? We’re quite worried. Seems like these media people wont stop from bugging you.Just an unsolicited advice: dont you think it’s about time to come out on the open with your relationship? I mean we’re not trying to get into your personal business, but “what you resist, will persist”. The media & paparazzi wouldnt stop from hounding you both if you wouldnt admit the truth. They’ll be even eager to prove they are right. It’s just too scary what these paparazzi’s are going to do next,especially now. Come out in the open, and they’ll probably stop bugging you that much. They’ll get tired of following you both in your home and in your privacy because the truth is already out there.People will get used to you both being together. Maybe it’s about time…dont you think? But, goodluck to you, to your career and stay happy together!Just dont want you to be miserable. We’ll pray for you both. And thanks Tina!Bless you! Hope Kelly will have an english website.:p

  43. Anonymous
    January 17, 2009 / 6:57 am

    A Message To Kelly Lin:

    This is just a message of concern . I know you dont consider us important, but you still need us, the public to appreciate your work. I know you’re smart, but that is no way to treat the public like idiots. I think you’re beautiful and promising as an actress. You may not have the caliber of a Zhang Ziyi nor of a Shu Qi- yet, but I see promise in you. Furthermore, I see your efforts in making yourself as a serious actor, and your being low profile is also admirable- only to a certain extent. We, the public dont have any business with regards to celebrities’ lives, and I definitely support that stand- for as long as it is not so damn obvious. After these years, under the scrutinity of the paparazzis and media people, I just cant help but feel awfully disgusted in your choice to still deny something that is already obvious. I agree with not making any private matter of yours go public, like whatever it is you’ll be having now in Japan. But… to still say that you’re still “friends” when obviously there’s more than that, is so damn ridiculous and absurd! Please, we werent born yesterday!How could you not make us believe these stupid tabloid stuff if you yourself cant speak the truth? Have a little respect for the public and the fans, because we’re people ,too. Yes, we do have brains- bigger than you think. Gone are the days when celebrities need to be ‘available” so as not to disappoint their avid fans, and as someone educated in the US, I have high expectations on you, not to go along with these “hypocrisy” in the business. We’re not asking for you to be a “Tom Cruise” who would declare his love by jumping on the couch of a talk show,but what we expect from you is to be merely a “little” honest. Being low key is different from being a liar. I know the paparazzis and media people are giving you a hard time on your privacy. But why make a big deal out of it? If the truth is already out there, I’m sure they are not going to bother you anymore. Because I think the reason why they still keep on digging on your personal life is that they know you aint telling the truth. And they ‘re out there to get ya. So think about it. A celebrity or artist who doesnt know how to embrace the annoyance of media people has no right to be in showbusiness. If you want to be respected as a serious actor with integrity and credibility, why dont you just start by being true and honest? Unless- you enjoy all these “hunting” and attention by the media to further your status in your career? Honestly, I would rather not want to believe that. C’mon Kelly, I know you’re a good person. I just would really hate for people to despise you and accuse you of something worse and unimaginable. I dont also want you to lose all the support you have from the public. Think about it. You really better be telling the truth now, if people would discover about your web of lies it would be really distasteful on your part and you would really lose yuor credibility not just as an artist,but as a person as well. So please, take this as a constructive criticism and as an unsolicited advise. Just being concerned, really. You dont want to annoy the public of your constant denials, or… do you?

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