Amélie "Ami" Liú
NEIGHBORHOOD: formerly Williamsburg, Brooklyn but has moved in with her BFF in the East Village of Manhattan
BIO: Born in London, Amelie's lovely parents - a well-known deceased freelance Chinese architect and a popular British fashion designer - moved their two children to Palm Beach, Florida. Florida! Out of all places…well, Ami just didn't fit in well among the snooty nasals, and instead grew up liberally at an art school across the bridge, writing her heart out. She moved to the Big Apple at the age of 18, swearing to fulfill her "American Dream", having read too much Steinbeck. She attended Pratt with tuition half-paid (her wealthy parents, who still try to save every dime, were pleased) and earned a BFA in Writing. Yes, she's an arts school kid.
Ami's been quipped as 'The Modern Day Jane Austen' with a dash of Jane Eyre's spunk, tragically appealing like the Brontës. She's fallen for this boy and that her whole life, writing great stories about it all: the adventures her heart leads her in. After earning her BFA, her resume and portfolio was polished with internships and jobs from lame coffee/book shops; meanwhile, she slaved as an intern and then assistant at Elle magazine, soon becoming Contributing Editor after introducing various of ideas for the magazine.
But now she's landed a column with one of the city's biggest newspapers, and one of the country's most famous, The New York Times. 500 words to sum up the city's love life in the paper's least read section: Sex and Relationships. She's earning about $500 a week for writing a column, living the single life of a twenty something...how exciting is that?
Now she’s the go-to in her group of friends, whom she's nicknamed "The Love Club". Seeking advice or just comfort; her apartment door is always open and so is her couch. Just be careful: a lot of what comes out of your mouth might be turned into a comedic blurb in the infamous column.
OCCUPATION: Sex & Relationships columnist for The New York Times, as well as a freelance writer and photographer
STYLE: Classic, tomboy, "effortlessly chic", Annie Hall meets Audrey Hepburn
LIKES: Coffee (in the morning) and tea (at night), photography, American Spirits (Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays), the smell of new clothes and gasoline, novels, flowers, strawberries, traveling for pleasure, Jane Eyre and men
DISLIKES: Pushy shoppers and editors, clip-on ties, attention-seekers, tight fabric, being photographed without permission, guidelines and deadlines, traveling for work and men
MODEL: Alexa Chung
TIMELINE [as told in her intro. story]:
[Ami is born in London]: August 12th, 1988
[Moves to Florida]: September 2001, right before high school, weeks after 9/11
[Ami’s father passes away of colon cancer right before she starts her sophomore year]: August 13th, 2003
[Adam]: Met in May, dating by June 12th, 2004
[Move to NYC]: August 12th, 2006
[Adam decides to move to NYC to be with Ami]: January 30th, 2007
[Adam moves back to Florida, they break up]:
January 10th, 2008
[Ami is writing for She magazine, editor for the 'Life & Love' section and later promoted as contributing editor
/ Meets Bryan while writing a feature story on his up-and-coming band, 'The Monkeys']: January 2010
[Ami and Bry split—Ami starts writing for Times]: January 2013