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09/25/2012 08:54 am ET | Updated Sep 16, 2014

Anna May Wong, Asian American Film Star, Broke Boundaries and Beauty Rules (PHOTO)

As the first Asian American woman to become an international star, Anna May Wong heroically fought stereotyping and racism throughout her career. Wong had a commanding presence at 5'7" (taller than most leading men) and knew how to move on screen, a skill that secured her roles in the 1932 Oscar-winning film "Shanghai Express" alongside Marlene Dietrich. Although the leading roles available to her were limited, Wong gained notoriety for her mind-blowing sense of style, earning her the title "World's Best-Dressed Woman" by The Mayfair Mannequin Society of New York in 1934.

In this 1930 studio portrait Wong shines in a beaded scarf and bracelet. But she doesn't let these beautiful accessories wear her. Her beauty still stands out with exaggerated makeup: giant lashes and bold thin brows that are usually a beauty no-no. Do you think you could pull of this starlet's look?

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