Chinese actress and mother-of-one Yang Mi was recently awarded the Most Influential Woman of the Year at the 2014 Women’s Media Awards.

According to Women of China News, the “Tiny Times” actress, who attended the event held in Beijing on 12 January, expressed her surprise to win the biggest award at the event, saying that she did not perform so well in her work in 2014.

“Becoming a mother was my biggest achievement last year,” said Yang Mi, who married Hawick Lau and gave birth to their first child last year.
When asked to express her opinion as to the criteria that make a successful modern woman, Yang Mi said that the key “lies in one’s determination and independence”.
Launched in 2007 by a joint-cooperation between NetEase and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, the Women’s Media Awards was held in recognition of the contributions to women’s development and the promotion of gender equality in China.
(Photo credit: Women of China/Fan Wenjun)