Previous first ladies in China have been known to maintain a low profile, but not the current First Lady Peng Liyuan. The 50 year old former singer started trending online when a photo of her wearing a fashionable coat alongside president Xi Jinping as they visited Moscow circulated online. Since then, all eyes have been on the first lady and she has been likened to Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Since the photo of Liyuan accompanying her husband to Moscow appointments circulated online, several online stores began offering a similar black coat like the one she was wearing for sale.Another trending photo cropped up, with the first lady fashionably wearing a skirt and tunic also accompanying her husband on state appointments.
Liyuan stands out because she is the first Chinese first lady to step out into the limelight. Previous first lady Liu Yongqing the wife of former Chinese president Hu Jintao and also Wang Yeping, her predecessor, rarely appeared in public. However, Chinese websites are said to have quickly blocked keywords relating to Peng to crack down on her current popularity.