Michelle Reis

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Michelle Monique Reis
Chinese name 李嘉欣
Pinyin Lǐ Jiāxīn (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lei5 Gaa1jan1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Michelle Monique Reis
Ancestry Shanghai, China
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1970-06-20) 20 June 1970 (age 44)
Portuguese Macau
Other name(s) Lee Ka Yan
Spouse(s) Julian Hui (2008~present)
Children Jayden Max Hui, born on (2011-02-08) 8 February 2011 (age 3)

Michelle Monique Reis (Chinese: 李嘉欣; born 20 June 1970) is a Hong Kong actress.


Reis was born in Portuguese Macau on 20 June 1970. Reis is of mixed ancestry as her father is Portuguese and her mother is Canton Shanghainese. Reis attended Maryknoll Convent School, and went to St. Paul's Convent School for secretarial training. [1]

Reis started modelling at the age of 14.[2] She first came to fame when she won the 1988 Miss Hong Kong Pageant at the age of 18. Reis was also the first Miss Chinese International in the same year. Following her Miss Chinese International crowning, she went on to participate in the Miss World 1988 pageant, where she promoted the image of Hong Kong. She was then supposed to compete in the Miss Universe 1989 pageant but withdrew due to health problems.[3]

Reis started to build a career within the entertainment industry in the 1990s. She starred in commercials eventually leading to movies. She has also appeared in music videos and TVB television episodes.

Previously Reis had a well-known and long-term relationship with tycoon Joseph Lau,and it's said that she led to Lau's divorce. Reis married business tycoon Julian Hui on 23 November 2008, following a very public two-year courtship. Julian was formerly married to Pansy Ho, the daughter of Macau casino businessman Stanley Ho.[4]

Reis gave birth to a baby boy, Jayden Max "JM" Hui, on 8 February 2011 via Caesarean section at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital. At birth, Jadyen weighed 2.93 kilograms and measured 49 cm long.[5]


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Chinese white-collar workers display images of Michelle Reis at the office to subtly ask for a raise in salary because her Chinese name Jiāxīn () is an exact homophone of ("pay raise") in Mandarin Chinese,[8] and is a near-homophone in Cantonese language (ga1yan1/ga1san1).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michelle Monique Reis
  2. ^ sina.com.cn Reis profile. Retrieved on 28-09-2007
  3. ^ jerryblogger.com Michelle Monique Reis
  4. ^ "Michelle marries Julian", The Star, 2007-09-02, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  5. ^ http://t.qq.com/michelejiaxin Michelle Reis official blog (Chinese). Retrieved on 8 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Michelle Reis". imdb.com. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Michelle Reis". chinesemov.com. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ Wang, Guanqun (2010-04-12). "Chinese white-collar workers seek higher salaries". Xinhua News Agency. 

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Preceded by
Pauline Yeung
Miss Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Monica Chan
New award Miss Chinese International
Succeeded by
Kit Wong