Momokun, also known as 青李 (lit. Pink Lady) is a Chinese actress and singer who is popular with both Western viewers as well as Chinese. She was born in 1984 in southern China and gained a vast number of fans in the West due to her exotic looks, lovely voice and dazzling acting skills. It is these attributes that have seen her become a popular choice amongst a large part of the Hollywood entertainment industry.
Her stage name is �袞尊(pronounced “Pee-oong”), which literally means “pink lady”. Her stage name, Pink Lady, is used in most of her films and TV shows, including Momokon: The Movie, Momokuro: The Legend of the Pink Flamingo, and Momokake: The Legend of the White Monkey.
Momokun was born in Shuangcheng County in Fujian Province in early 1985. She was four years old when her family moved to Taiwan, where she was forced to abandon her music career. Instead, she trained to be a dancer, taking up ballet in order to achieve her childhood dream. After completing her training, she moved to Los Angeles to begin a film career. While performing in some smaller films, she discovered that her distinctive singing talent had landed her roles in well-known TV shows, such as Momoky for which she was nominated for an Emmy.
In the late eighties, Momokun began to gain notice in Japan, performing on a Japanese talk show called “Tenzakiki”. Her appearance attracted the attention of then-owner Prince Akido Takashi, who signed her to a contract with J. Records, a popular Japanese record company. The name of the company translates into “Queen of Jazz”, and the label quickly became popular with disc jockeys in the West. A few years later, J. got her own solo album, and she has since appeared on several Japanese music albums, as well as doing voice-overs for commercials and creating the cartoon character “Pikachu”.
In the late nineties, Momokun also became known in the States as Hi-Lo. This was a name that was already used by several female American country singers, but Hi-Lo’s image and sound attracted a number of male singers as well. This made her one of the biggest female celebrities in both the U.S. and Japan. In addition, she gained some popularity in England, as well, but refused to sign a deal with them. Instead, she began her own record label, Nippon Records, and released a string of singles, including the smash hit “Singles in Love”.
Momokun finally returned to the limelight in 1996, when she was featured on a cover of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” with her then-husband Masuro Marujo. Her appearance came just as the “Japanese Wave” was beginning to gain popularity in the West, and she was a favorite guest on several talk shows. Her reputation as a flamboyant artist has also made her a highly sought after figure in the clothing industry, due to her numerous designs. In addition, she has also opened up several dance studios, performing with both local groups and international acts.