Loan Chabanol was born in Paris and spent her childhood studying art, most notably with the artist Bernard Bistes. She was discovered by a model scout at 16 and went on to have a successful career before seguing into acting a few years ago. She never lost her love of art--especially animation--which brought about the short video of a bird that accompanies her paintings in Born In Blue

"It's a phoenix, which is my name in Vietnamese", says Chabanol, who will take her show to Beijing later this fall and hopefully to Paris after that. She finds the mythical bird's ability to rise from ashes inspiring. 

"I love to start from scratch, it's not something that scares me."

-W Magazine Online | Vanessa Lawrence