Hobsons Bay has reflected on the incredible career of fashion icon, beer enthusiast and SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin, after she delivered her final weekend news bulletin at the Special Broadcasting Service on Sunday evening.
Some fans described her farewell wardrobe as Darth Vader-inspired, whereas others questioned whether the black ensemble was constructed from 16mm reversal film stock, suggesting it may have been the ultimate homage to both news-gathering and fashion.
Following her final bulletin, friend and colleague Anton Enus introduced a tribute video that featured fashion highlights, memorable moments and bloopers. Lee Lin Chin was described as political, opinionated, incomparable, unconventional and unforgettable.
Echoing similar sentiments to SBS staff was Member for Altona Jill Hennessy, who described Lee Lin Chin as a ‘true icon of the small screen’ and a pillar of diversity for the media industry and community as a whole.
“Lee Lin Chin has left an indelible mark on Australia’s media and broadcasting industry for many years. For decades, she’s been welcomed into the homes of Victorians as a trusted teller of stories – and a fashion icon to boot,” Ms Hennessy said.
Greens Member for Western Metropolitan Region Huong Truong praised Lee Lin Chin’s ability to deliver both exceptional journalism and comedy, describing the SBS newsreader as a true Aussie icon.
“Who else has the classiness to be held in utmost regard in journalism and still take the piss? I grew up hearing Lee Lin Chin’s gorgeous accent. And I’m going to miss having her in my living room,” Ms Truong said.
As one of Australia’s most loved and respected newsreaders, a title she earned over 30 years, Lee Lin Chin delivered some of the world’s biggest stories including the September 11 attacks and the Port Arthur massacre. Long live the Queen.