China Chow, born in London, is known to divide her time between New York City and Los Angeles. She is the child of late model/designer Tina Chow (who died of AIDS in 1992) and restaurateur Michael Chow (whose Mr. Chow restaurants are the talk of the town in London, Manhattan and Beverly Hills), and has a younger brother, Maximillian Chow. The first college graduate in her family, China graduated from Scripps College, majoring in psychology. She spent several years as a model, following in her mother's footsteps: she posed for Shiseido cosmetics in Japan, was seen on billboards for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, was named one of Harper's Bazaar's "It Girls" in 1996, and was named in the December 1996 edition of Vogue magazine's "The Next Best-Dressed List". Her acting debut was in 1998's The Big Hit (1998), co-starring 'Mark Wahlberg', whom she is rumored to be dating.