Irene Pyne

Irene Pyne is a professional copywriter, storywriter and all-round content guru. Her interests include East Asian culture and politics, modern art, food, television and film. When she’s not writing for us, she’s spending time at idNerd’s animation studio, debating over the projectile speed of snot - for a cartoon, of course.

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Who is Bling Empire’s Kim Lee, ‘the Asian Kim Kardashian’? Before the hit Netflix reality TV series, the millionaire appeared in The Hangover Part II and hosted Yo! MTV Raps on MTV Asia

She made her start as a model and was once named ‘the sexiest woman in the world’, before achieving success as a DJ and MTV host – is this role in Netflix’s hit reality show her biggest break yet?

27 Jan 2021 - 11:08AM

She made her start as a model and was once named ‘the sexiest woman in the world’, before achieving success as a DJ and MTV host – is this role in Netflix’s hit reality show her biggest break yet?

Who is Bling Empire’s Kim Lee, ‘the Asian Kim Kardashian’? Before the hit Netflix reality TV series, the millionaire appeared in The Hangover Part II and hosted Yo! MTV Raps on MTV Asia
Is Bling Empire’s Andrew Gray still dating Kelly Mi Li? 5 things to know about the controversial Netflix reality star, model and Red Power Ranger (yes, really)

He was criticised by viewers for his ‘emotionally abusive’ behaviour and cast members even asked Mi Li what she could see in him – so what’s the full story off screen?

22 Jan 2021 - 6:49PM

He was criticised by viewers for his ‘emotionally abusive’ behaviour and cast members even asked Mi Li what she could see in him – so what’s the full story off screen?

Is Bling Empire’s Andrew Gray still dating Kelly Mi Li? 5 things to know about the controversial Netflix reality star, model and Red Power Ranger (yes, really)
Millionaire Anna Shay is stealing the show on Netflix’s Bling Empire: Boucheron high jewellery, fashions from Alexander McQueen and Dior and US$330 caviar are some of her favourite things

The 60-year-old millionaire, who is stealing the show on the new hit reality series, flew co-star Kelly Mi Li to Paris for US$330 caviar while her son splurges on five-figure cannabis paraphernalia

21 Jan 2021 - 11:00AM

The 60-year-old millionaire, who is stealing the show on the new hit reality series, flew co-star Kelly Mi Li to Paris for US$330 caviar while her son splurges on five-figure cannabis paraphernalia

Millionaire Anna Shay is stealing the show on Netflix’s Bling Empire: Boucheron high jewellery, fashions from Alexander McQueen and Dior and US$330 caviar are some of her favourite things
Netflix’s Bling Empire: meet Christine Chiu, the couture queen married to celebrity plastic surgeon Gabriel Chiu, and who got mad when Jessica Chastain wore the same Chanel dress

‘More than the average home in the US, but less than a very rare Bugatti,’ was the cost of her 2019 Lunar New Year bash – trust the socialite with the millionaire husband to do it in style

20 Jan 2021 - 7:26PM

‘More than the average home in the US, but less than a very rare Bugatti,’ was the cost of her 2019 Lunar New Year bash – trust the socialite with the millionaire husband to do it in style

Netflix’s Bling Empire: meet Christine Chiu, the couture queen married to celebrity plastic surgeon Gabriel Chiu, and who got mad when Jessica Chastain wore the same Chanel dress
Rihanna followed his Instagram, then Netflix’s Bling Empire called – Kane Lim’s journey from real-life Crazy Rich Asian to reality TV celebrity

‘I have walked into a designer shoe store and said: I’ll take one pair of everything you have in every colour,’ boasted the Singaporean heir – now his lavish life is on Netflix

19 Jan 2021 - 11:07AM

‘I have walked into a designer shoe store and said: I’ll take one pair of everything you have in every colour,’ boasted the Singaporean heir – now his lavish life is on Netflix

Rihanna followed his Instagram, then Netflix’s Bling Empire called – Kane Lim’s journey from real-life Crazy Rich Asian to reality TV celebrity
Netflix’s Bling Empire star Kelly Mi Li is a highly accomplished businesswoman who produced a film with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, turned Jim Morrison’s former home into a bar and loves dogs

Dubbed ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians meets Crazy Rich Asians’, Netflix’s new reality TV show is about to be huge: here’s what you need to know about the show’s star, Kelly Mi Li

16 Jan 2021 - 10:00AM

Dubbed ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians meets Crazy Rich Asians’, Netflix’s new reality TV show is about to be huge: here’s what you need to know about the show’s star, Kelly Mi Li

Netflix’s Bling Empire star Kelly Mi Li is a highly accomplished businesswoman who produced a film with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, turned Jim Morrison’s former home into a bar and loves dogs
Meet Netflix’s Bling Empire cast member Jaime Xie: the teetotal, vegan, Fortinet heir and equestrian champion making waves on Instagram and YouTube

The executive producer of the new reality TV show might be the man behind the melodramatic KUWTK, but Xie has been playing it cool on-screen – and showing that she’s more than a tech billionaire’s daughter

16 Jan 2021 - 9:39AM

The executive producer of the new reality TV show might be the man behind the melodramatic KUWTK, but Xie has been playing it cool on-screen – and showing that she’s more than a tech billionaire’s daughter

Meet Netflix’s Bling Empire cast member Jaime Xie: the teetotal, vegan, Fortinet heir and equestrian champion making waves on Instagram and YouTube
Who needs Apple AirPods when you can listen to Taylor Swift on vinyl? Hermès’ Horizon project created a reimagined jukebox with Bauhaus detailing and a Murano glass stand

The brand’s bespoke division created a reimagining of a classic wrapped in exquisite leather with Bauhaus detailing and a Murano glass stand – yours for a minimum of US$258,000

27 Dec 2020 - 6:00AM

The brand’s bespoke division created a reimagining of a classic wrapped in exquisite leather with Bauhaus detailing and a Murano glass stand – yours for a minimum of US$258,000

Who needs Apple AirPods when you can listen to Taylor Swift on vinyl? Hermès’ Horizon project created a reimagined jukebox with Bauhaus detailing and a Murano glass stand
Disney and Goolygooly characters, pop-up Santa and a Covid-19 friendly kissing booth – Hong Kong shopping malls’ best Christmas displays, from K11 Musea to Pacific Place

From Disney and Goolygooly characters to mulled wine, pop-up Santas and shows, Hong Kong’s malls are going all out this winter – but where in town is the ‘Lovers’ Confession Booth’?

7 Dec 2020 - 5:01PM

From Disney and Goolygooly characters to mulled wine, pop-up Santas and shows, Hong Kong’s malls are going all out this winter – but where in town is the ‘Lovers’ Confession Booth’?

Disney and Goolygooly characters, pop-up Santa and a Covid-19 friendly kissing booth – Hong Kong shopping malls’ best Christmas displays, from K11 Musea to Pacific Place
Elliot Page’s journey: 6 things to know about The Umbrella Academy and Juno actor and LGBT activist

The Hollywood star, known for roles in Juno and the X-Men movies, just came out as trans on social media – and has been advocating for LGBTQ+ rights since age 27

4 Dec 2020 - 10:19AM

The Hollywood star, known for roles in Juno and the X-Men movies, just came out as trans on social media – and has been advocating for LGBTQ+ rights since age 27

Elliot Page’s journey: 6 things to know about The Umbrella Academy and Juno actor and LGBT activist
Princess Diana’s BBC Panorama scandal explained: why Prince William spoke out about the controversial 1995 interview being investigated for fake bank statements

Princess Diana made waves when she revealed gritty details about her marriage to Martin Bashir on BBC’s Panorama in 1995 – but was the interview even legal or ethical in the first place?

26 Nov 2020 - 10:14AM

Princess Diana made waves when she revealed gritty details about her marriage to Martin Bashir on BBC’s Panorama in 1995 – but was the interview even legal or ethical in the first place?

Princess Diana’s BBC Panorama scandal explained: why Prince William spoke out about the controversial 1995 interview being investigated for fake bank statements
‘I hate K-pop’ – meet Imelda Schweighart, the former Miss Philippines Earth who once compared Rodrigo Duterte to Hitler

Meet the former Miss Philippines Earth who wrote off an entire nation’s pop music in one foul, three-word swipe – and once compared President Rodrigo Duterte to Hitler

25 Nov 2020 - 2:39PM

Meet the former Miss Philippines Earth who wrote off an entire nation’s pop music in one foul, three-word swipe – and once compared President Rodrigo Duterte to Hitler

‘I hate K-pop’ – meet Imelda Schweighart, the former Miss Philippines Earth who once compared Rodrigo Duterte to Hitler
Want to feel like Beyoncé’s serenading you live? The US$700,000 Magico M9 gets you pretty close, but is this really the best home speaker in the world?

The M9’s speaker cones are so strong, Magico claims you could run them over with a car to no effect, but at two metres tall, they hardly blend in to the background

14 Nov 2020 - 1:27PM

The M9’s speaker cones are so strong, Magico claims you could run them over with a car to no effect, but at two metres tall, they hardly blend in to the background

Want to feel like Beyoncé’s serenading you live? The US$700,000 Magico M9 gets you pretty close, but is this really the best home speaker in the world?
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje in UFC 254: why the Russian champion might be the nicest man in MMA – but has no patience for Conor McGregor

The UFC star isn’t afraid to wear Russian headdresses, write sentimental posts or sell off fight shirts for charity, yet he may be about to destroy his opponent at UFC 254

23 Oct 2020 - 10:39AM

The UFC star isn’t afraid to wear Russian headdresses, write sentimental posts or sell off fight shirts for charity, yet he may be about to destroy his opponent at UFC 254

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje in UFC 254: why the Russian champion might be the nicest man in MMA – but has no patience for Conor McGregor
Disney-inspired children’s bed by luxury brand Circu Magical Furniture looks like a VW hippie van, and at US$40,000 costs as much – what would you pay for a kid’s novelty bed?

More expensive than an actual Volkswagen minivan in its roomiest variants, the Bun Van by luxury children’s brand Circu Magical Furniture is a trippy toy bed – priced at a cool US$40,000

3 Oct 2020 - 12:00PM

More expensive than an actual Volkswagen minivan in its roomiest variants, the Bun Van by luxury children’s brand Circu Magical Furniture is a trippy toy bed – priced at a cool US$40,000

Disney-inspired children’s bed by luxury brand Circu Magical Furniture looks like a VW hippie van, and at US$40,000 costs as much – what would you pay for a kid’s novelty bed?
World’s most expensive Covid-19 face mask: US$1.5 million, 210 carats of diamonds, commissioned by a Chinese billionaire

White gold and encrusted with 3,500 diamonds, this crazy expensive N99 will make it clear to the entire world just how distanced you are

26 Aug 2020 - 9:54AM

White gold and encrusted with 3,500 diamonds, this crazy expensive N99 will make it clear to the entire world just how distanced you are

World’s most expensive Covid-19 face mask: US$1.5 million, 210 carats of diamonds, commissioned by a Chinese billionaire
Supercar meets luxury yacht in the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 boat – wave goodbye to traffic in Hong Kong, London, New York, Sydney or Venice

For US$3.4 million, the Italian Sea Group and Automobili Lamborghini have developed a limited edition yacht inspired by the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – order now, delivery next year

8 Aug 2020 - 4:00PM

For US$3.4 million, the Italian Sea Group and Automobili Lamborghini have developed a limited edition yacht inspired by the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – order now, delivery next year

Supercar meets luxury yacht in the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 boat – wave goodbye to traffic in Hong Kong, London, New York, Sydney or Venice
Michelle Yeoh: 4 ways the Malaysian martial arts master and Crazy Rich Asians star is changing the world for good – from HIV awareness to wildlife protection

From HIV awareness and wildlife protection to road safety, the Crazy Rich Asians star, who turns 58 on August 6, is fighting for what is right

7 Aug 2020 - 12:03AM

From HIV awareness and wildlife protection to road safety, the Crazy Rich Asians star, who turns 58 on August 6, is fighting for what is right

Michelle Yeoh: 4 ways the Malaysian martial arts master and Crazy Rich Asians star is changing the world for good – from HIV awareness to wildlife protection
Drake spent US$400,000 on a bed – would you? Hästens’ bedtime collaboration with Canadian designer Ferris Rafauli, under the covers

Award-winning designer Ferris Rafauli, and artist behind rapper Drake’s mansion, has collaborated with Swedish bedmakers Hästens to produce its most exclusive bed to date

4 Jul 2020 - 6:00AM

Award-winning designer Ferris Rafauli, and artist behind rapper Drake’s mansion, has collaborated with Swedish bedmakers Hästens to produce its most exclusive bed to date

Drake spent US$400,000 on a bed – would you? Hästens’ bedtime collaboration with Canadian designer Ferris Rafauli, under the covers
When Prince Philip wanted to be reincarnated as a pandemic – and 6 more wild facts about Britain’s oldest royal as he turns 99

Remember that time Queen Elizabeth’s husband said he wanted to be reincarnated as a ‘deadly virus’ to control overpopulation? As Britain’s oldest royal turns 99, STYLE celebrates some of his more memorable moments

10 Jun 2020 - 12:56PM

Remember that time Queen Elizabeth’s husband said he wanted to be reincarnated as a ‘deadly virus’ to control overpopulation? As Britain’s oldest royal turns 99, STYLE celebrates some of his more memorable moments

When Prince Philip wanted to be reincarnated as a pandemic – and 6 more wild facts about Britain’s oldest royal as he turns 99
Worried about the coronavirus, protests across the US or Donald Trump declaring World War III? This luxury survival shelter is the perfect place to bunker down

With Covid-19 and protests raging, you may feel the need to bunker down in a luxury doomsday bolt-hole – complete with swimming pool, shooting range, cinema and climbing wall

4 Jun 2020 - 8:00PM

With Covid-19 and protests raging, you may feel the need to bunker down in a luxury doomsday bolt-hole – complete with swimming pool, shooting range, cinema and climbing wall

Worried about the coronavirus, protests across the US or Donald Trump declaring World War III? This luxury survival shelter is the perfect place to bunker down
No time to drive? Aston Martin V12 Speedster revealed – while we wait for Daniel Craig to get behind the wheel in Bond 25

The next James Bond film may be delayed, but here’s a look at the latest daring model from 007’s favourite carmaker

22 Jun 2020 - 2:13PM

The next James Bond film may be delayed, but here’s a look at the latest daring model from 007’s favourite carmaker

No time to drive? Aston Martin V12 Speedster revealed – while we wait for Daniel Craig to get behind the wheel in Bond 25
6 things you didn’t know about Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Ethiopian daughter

Has the Ethiopia-born 15-year-old got her sights set on either acting or humanitarian work, like her famous parents, or will she embark on a different course?

26 May 2020 - 11:07AM

Has the Ethiopia-born 15-year-old got her sights set on either acting or humanitarian work, like her famous parents, or will she embark on a different course?

6 things you didn’t know about Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Ethiopian daughter
Are Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik, Chris Pratt, Lea Michele and Soo Hyun all part of a coronavirus baby boom? 5 celebrity couples expecting by the end of 2020

While condom maker Durex says Covid-19 is taking its toll on intimacy due to increased anxiety, it seems these stars have been feeling relaxed in lockdown

15 May 2020 - 8:00PM

While condom maker Durex says Covid-19 is taking its toll on intimacy due to increased anxiety, it seems these stars have been feeling relaxed in lockdown

Are Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik, Chris Pratt, Lea Michele and Soo Hyun all part of a coronavirus baby boom? 5 celebrity couples expecting by the end of 2020
Luxury in May: From 5-star Mother’s Day staycation to striking new EGG sound creations, our pick of what’s hot this month

Check out the latest releases from luxury French skincare range La Prairie, upmarket Swiss jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels, French menswear brand Berluti, Malaysian developer KSK Land and high-end British speaker manufacturer KEF

7 May 2020 - 12:54PM

Check out the latest releases from luxury French skincare range La Prairie, upmarket Swiss jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels, French menswear brand Berluti, Malaysian developer KSK Land and high-end British speaker manufacturer KEF

Luxury in May: From 5-star Mother’s Day staycation to striking new EGG sound creations, our pick of what’s hot this month
Princess Charlotte – 5 things to know about William and Kate’s Gucci muse, millionaire daughter, as she turns 5 years old

As the young princess celebrates her 5th birthday this weekend, we take a look at how influential a member of the royal family she is

1 May 2020 - 3:00PM

As the young princess celebrates her 5th birthday this weekend, we take a look at how influential a member of the royal family she is

Princess Charlotte – 5 things to know about William and Kate’s Gucci muse, millionaire daughter, as she turns 5 years old
6 things to know about Ella Rumpf, star of the Netflix series Freud

The award-winning Swiss actress speaks German, French and English, and will also star in the upcoming HBO Max series Tokyo Vice

27 Apr 2020 - 6:00AM

The award-winning Swiss actress speaks German, French and English, and will also star in the upcoming HBO Max series Tokyo Vice

6 things to know about Ella Rumpf, star of the Netflix series Freud
Dreaming in colour: how South Korea’s Chang Sung-sook realised a new corporate vision

With little more than a high school diploma and a bold ambition, Chang has spent four decades building a company in the opaque world of industrial pigments.

1 May 2020 - 1:08PM

With little more than a high school diploma and a bold ambition, Chang has spent four decades building a company in the opaque world of industrial pigments.

Dreaming in colour: how South Korea’s Chang Sung-sook realised a new corporate vision
5 things to know about sneakerhead addict Barron Trump, the super-tall son of Melania and US President Donald Trump

Barron Trump, the first presidential son since JFK junior to live in the White House, is growing up fast. Here’s what we know about him

3 Apr 2020 - 2:57PM

Barron Trump, the first presidential son since JFK junior to live in the White House, is growing up fast. Here’s what we know about him

5 things to know about sneakerhead addict Barron Trump, the super-tall son of Melania and  US President Donald Trump
Meditate with Deepak Chopra, watch Oprah Talks Covid-19 with guests like Idris Elba: how to alleviate your coronavirus anxieties

Celebrities such as Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay Shetty join Oprah and Deepak Chopra in offering wellness talks and virtual meetings to help with mental health issues

28 Mar 2020 - 6:00AM

Celebrities such as Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay Shetty join Oprah and Deepak Chopra in offering wellness talks and virtual meetings to help with mental health issues

Meditate with Deepak Chopra, watch Oprah Talks Covid-19 with guests like Idris Elba: how to alleviate your coronavirus anxieties