Christina Chan Hau-man is a one-time wild child and part-time model. She's also the holder of a first-class honours degree in philosophy - giving the lie to many people's perception that Hong Kong's youth are self-absorbed and don't care about others. That she is also highly attractive means certain sections of the city's media can't get enough of her. This in turn has helped make the 22-year-old student the second most recognised face in Hong Kong's fledgling protest movement, after 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung. Her rise to prominence began before the Olympic torch relay's Hong Kong leg, when she spoke out on her page on social networking site Facebook. 'A little trouble-making for the OLYMPICS torch relay - Let's p*** on the torch of shame,' she wrote. She wanted a little publicity for her movement. Instead she became the movement, with salacious pictures of her private life splashed across the internet and newspapers. A young woman who could talk eloquently about Tibet was pictured enjoying a night out, sharing the odd kiss with a girlfriend and spending time with her Australian musician boyfriend. There was also a picture of her in a tiny bikini, revealing a tattoo of the freaky rabbit creature from the cult 2001 movie Donnie Darko. Chan said police officers interviewing her yesterday asked to see the tattoo. She is no mere attention-seeker, though. When she made her protest during the torch relay in April 2008, cloaked in the banned Tibetan 'snow lion' flag, she was abused by some of those around her and wrestled to the ground by police, who arrested her. The incident was still making headlines in August last year, when Chan applied for a judicial review, claiming the arrest infringed her constitutional rights to peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression as guaranteed by the Basic Law and Bill of Rights. Her application was denied. Chan also tried to unveil the flag when Hong Kong hosted the Olympic equestrian events in August 2008 and was again arrested. In the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown last year, she succeeded with a referendum she initiated to oust University of Hong Kong student union president Ayo Chan Yi-ngok after he said some of the student leaders in Beijing in 1989 had acted irrationally and that the military crackdown could have been avoided if the demonstrators had dispersed peacefully. Her actions saw her name added to the list of those, such as Leung, to whom Macau bars entry. Leung supports Chan's activism and says he hopes other youngsters will follow her example and stand up for the rights of the oppressed. 'Of course I totally support her,' he said. 'She is an inspiration. The media's coverage of her is not important, but her message is.' What that message is, though, is not always clear. One friend said yesterday: 'Whether it is freedom for Tibet or political freedom, there was always going to be something Christina would feel strongly enough about to protest. I also think she likes the attention.'