13 AUGUST 2013 | MUSES

Kristie Lu Stout, the award winning and extremely glamorous CNN anchor and correspondent was raised in America and went to Stanford University before moving to China to master the language and kick start her career. After years spent during the late 1990’s studying at Beijing’s Tsinghua University and freelancing for the South China Morning Post, she was spotted giving a speech on China and the internet at Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents Club in 2000 by a CNN producer who happened to be in the audience and plucked for a career in television – she hasn’t looked back since.

Today, Kristie, a mother to four year old Arabella, lives in Hong Kong and hosts CNN’s daily news program ‘News Stream’ as well as their monthly show ‘On China.’ A leading voice in reporting the rise of China, she is most known for her coverage of the business and tech worlds, bringing a no nonsense approach to her journalism that has garnered her a name for her thought provoking and direct style. She has interviewed everyone from Aung Sung Su Ki to Lady Gaga, Melinda Gates to Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei along the way, and she has done it all looking impeccably chic. Here, she answers Kotur’s questions.

What’s in your make-up bag?

Kristie Lu Stout: Tinted moisturizer, mascara and tubes of bright red and pink lipsticks

Do you have a beauty secret?

Kristie: Sleep and a smile

What would be your desert island essentials?

Kristie: Sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of buckets and spades to build a sandcastle with my daughter

What do you wear on a fat day?

Kristie: A kimono jacket

How would your female friends describe your style?

Kristie: Preppy and exotic

What’s the most treasured item in your wardrobe?

Kristie: My first Cheong Sam from my tailor in Kowloon (Hong-Kong)

Is there anything in your wardrobe you should get rid of but can’t?

Kristie: A pair of trashed Gucci heels I wore on the Great Wall

What do you never leave home without?

Kristie: A smartphone and a charger

Hot date night with your partner, what do you wear?

Kristie: Jumpsuit and matte red lipstick

When home alone, what do you wear?

Kristie: A black jersey tank dress

What do you wear to bed?

Kristie: That’s a state secret

You’re the fashion police for a day, what do you ban?

Kristie: Bluetooth headsets and (if and when they become ubiquitous) Google Glasses

Have you ever worn anything you now regret?

Kristie: The grunge wardrobe I sourced from the Wasteland in San Francisco back in the early 90s

How high is too high a heel?

Kristie: When it’s too high to run in

If you could live in any other time for its fashion, when would you choose?

Kristie: The 1970s

What is your most recent purchase?

Kristie: A Kenzo tiger print scarf and a dozen unicorn horns from Etsy

Can you judge a book by its cover?

Kristie: No, especially if it’s a Penguin Classic with the iconic orange and white cover

What are your bad habits?

Kristie: I’m a terrible music snob and I judge people based on their gadgetry and media diet

What’s your greatest extravagance?

Living in Hong Kong

What are your guilty pleasures?

Mint chocolate chip ice cream, Girl Scout cookies and zombie movies

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Kristie: To move from Silicon Valley to Beijing in 1997

What’s your favorite smell?

Kristie: The ocean

What’s your idea of a great holiday?

Kristie: Family, friends, a new bottle of wine, and loads of laughter

What are you most proud of?

Kristie: My family, my education, and the last 12 years working at CNN International

What are you least proud of?

Kristie: My lack of patience

What is your pure bliss?

Kristie: Writing that perfect last line to a column or script

Who or what would you like to be reincarnated as in your next life?

Kristie: A librarian

What would you eat for your last supper?

Kristie: A bowl of noodles cooked by my mother, salmon poached by my husband, and cookies baked by my daughter. My father and sister would mix the cocktail.

If you could meet someone from history who would it be?

Kristie: Julia Child – to talk about culinary school, the media, and her brief career as a spy

Yes or no to a nip and a tuck?

No, thank you

Do you have a favorite purse or bag?

A Marimekko carry-all tote

How would you like to be remembered?

A mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend… and journalist who always stayed curious