Grace Yu grew up poor in Hong Kong and probably never dreamed of becoming a fashion model when she entered a local beauty pageant at her sister's urging.
She went on to become not only one of the top models of the seventies the first Asian spokesmodel for Christian Dior. Her tall stature helped her literally stand out in the modeling world.
In 2009, Grace Yu waxed philosophical about her success. "I believe in fate," she said. "If you’re destined to have something, you’ll have it. And if not, no matter how hard you try, you won’t get it."