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DISRUPTED

Taking the Internet

The Internet has a democratising effect in that anyone with an Internet connection can command a global audience

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Zhang Dayi, an Internet celebrity in China, made 300 million yuan (S$61 million) in sales of her clothing line in 2015. To her fans, she is a fashion adviser, big sister and role model.

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Zhang Dayi, an Internet celebrity in China, made 300 million yuan (S$61 million) in sales of her clothing line in 2015. To her fans, she is a fashion adviser, big sister and role model.

WHEN Zhang Dayi was called to the stage at Alibaba's Global Netrepreneur Conference in Hangzhou on Tuesday, it was clear to the audience that she was a different breed of speaker.

As she sauntered onstage in a modish black dress, she held up a smartphone using a selfie stick and said "hi

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