Determined to be a voice for the voiceless, Anastasia Lin has dedicated her life to freedom of conscience. As Miss World Canada, Anastasia planned to continue on the path that had won her the title and much national acclaim at the international Miss World pageant. In a surprising turn of events, however, she was barred from participating in the event because the Chinese government took issue with her outspoken support of freedom of belief in her native country.
Since beginning acting at the age of seven, Anastasia has appeared in over 20 films and television productions. She attended the University of Toronto where she double majored in International Relations and Theatre/Acting. She has now earned both notoriety and respect as an international film star, sought-after model, and human rights activist. Her films had received awards including Mexico International Film Festival’s Golden Palm Award and California’s Indie Fest Award of Merit. As often as possible, she works at the confluence of her activism and acting, playing roles in films and television productions that carry messages of freedom, morality, and openness. As a model, she has made appearances on runways around from New York, to Toronto including New York Fashion Week show at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria.
Along with her acting and participation in pageants, she is known for her public position against human rights abuses in China. Canadian television reports attributed her victory in the 2015 Miss World Canada Pageant in part to her passion for human rights. Anastasia was invited to testify before U.S. Congress, and Taiwan Legislative Yuan, addressing the topic of freedom of conscience in China. She has published articles on the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Globe and Mail, and other major newspapers around the world.