November 25, 2005

Asian Models Update: Hye Park and Du Juan

Remember back in March when I wrote about Asian models? Looking back, I didn't realise it would cause so much controversy -there were a lot of supporting comments but also a few racist ones. I suppose that is to be expected since there are an awful lot of narrow-minded people out there.

I was inspired to write about them when I saw a few Asian models on the FW05 catwalks. And not suprisingly, in the recent SS06 catwalks, even more Asian models were seen. Why are designers suddenly using more Asian models? I'm sure everyone knows that Chinese consumers are aplenty, rich and LOVE designer brands. LVMH and other fashion houses' continuous profit growths are mostly thanks to China, (the Chinese do love their LV and Gucci monogram bags.) And with the recent launch of
Chinese Vogue and the opening of Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong, designers need Asian models to show the Chinese (and other Asians) how their clothes can be adopted into their lifestyle.

I've narrowed down to two prominent Asian models here:
Hye Park -An obvious choice. This Korean girl is a favourite Asian model of the designers on the catwalks. And most importantly, she stars in FW05 Roberto Cavalli ad along with five other models. I think she's one of the only Asian model to be featured in designer ads.

The catwalks: Donna Karan and Peter Som SS06

The catwalks: Marc by Marc Jacobs SS06 and Miu Miu FW05

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Roberto Cavalli FW05 campaign

Du Juan -In China, she's most famously known as Miss China 2003. To us, she's the beautiful Chinese girl who graced the first ever Chinese Vogue cover along with Gemma Ward. She was only seen on a few catwalks, but she's got great potential and she really is quite exquisite looking. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of her in next season's shows.

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Vogue China Sept. cover -Du Juan is on the far left, (next to Gemma)

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Vogue Paris Oct. cover -From the same photoshoot with Gemma

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On the catwalk in Diane von Furstenburg SS06 -she looks so pretty here!


Blogger Are You the New Avante Garde? said...


and that model from singapore.
Asians have such a slim physique that many designer clothes often look best on asian bodies.

Their faces are to die for.
those cheekbones and sultry eyes.
and those pouty lips.

Asians are going to be big

11/25/2005 5:33 AM  
Blogger la chipie said...

a friend of mine ,( a senior in high school , korean of origin and a model ) ,
says she has been getting more and more prestigious offers like Alesandro Dell' Aqua
and even here in Chicago , she is getting asked more and more for lcoal shows .

11/25/2005 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes i think these Asian girls are beautiful. I'm live in Asia and everyday I see these incredible girls with gorgeous features.

One more model you should feature is Ling Tan. She did a Ralph lauren ad campaign about one or two years back and she's a minor celebrity whenever she comes back to Malaysia. I think she's beautiful.

11/25/2005 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think these models are ok, but bland in comparison to so many Asian women out there. The first model (Hye Park) doesn't do it for me. Du Juan is prettier in my opinion...

They just seem to be lacking the star power, you know. Something truly extraordinary to make them stand out?

That's my issue with Asian models. It seems only the boring ones make it to the catwalk. Yes, they are pretty, but so are all of the other models out there.

11/25/2005 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have to agree. I think DuJuan is pretty but there are many other Asian girls out there who are way more striking and even more gorgeous. Unfortunately, few of them have the height to make it the catwalk.

11/25/2005 8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are wonderful! I love the cover of Vogue Paris Oct.! It looks fantastic and cute.

11/25/2005 9:23 PM  
Blogger misscinnamon said...

Harvey Nichols isn't really that big in HK. I thought the launch of Harvey Nicks would make it THE place to shop but it isn't.. their stock is doesn't carry enough big name brands. Instead of getting brands like Chloe and Balenciaga, they get lesser known ones like BE&D.. still famous but not in the same way. The biggest name in the house is probably Matthew Williamson and MIssoni.. but people would rather shop at Joyce which carries Alexander Mcqueen, Costume National, Comme des Garcons, etc. or Lane Crawford which carries brands like Helmut Lang, Y3, Etro, Pucci.. it's a pity.

About those models, I think their body is gorgeous but their faces not so much. But you don't have to have a great beautiful face to do catwalk I don't think. You just have to have the right body moreso.

11/25/2005 10:32 PM  
Blogger misscinnamon said...

Oh yes, also, asian models aren't as well received in HK as eurasian or white models. Which is why for ads for big name companies such as Lane Crawford or Joyce, they have white people or eurasian people in them. For some reason, the chinese public don't like to look at other chinese people in ads.

11/25/2005 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Most of the Asian models are not as prett as some non-models that are in Asia. And most Asians do prefer looking at Eurasians more than pure Asians. So i suppsoe the only place where a non-asian model can make it big will be in Europe or US.

11/25/2005 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Being an Asian, I'm so glad to see that our people are getting recognized out there in the fashion world! Those 2 in this entry are so pretty!

Though i have to say - the reason why there isnt so many Asian models out there is because we're ALL so GODDAM SHORT! Those ones out there on the catwalk are the lucky ones who were blessed with the tall genes...

Im 5ft for god's sake!

11/27/2005 1:44 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I just love how asian women look... I'm shocked there isn't more asian models!
What about Devon Aoki? She rocks on runway, editorials and she was in Sin City:)

11/27/2005 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

asian models:

1. ling tan (malaysian)
2. ai tominaga (japanese)
3. hye park (korean american)
4. devon aoki (eurasian)

11/28/2005 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's really refreshing to see asian women featuring in fashion editorials and on the runway.

no matter what racist ideals some may have, the reality of the situation is that diversity is the way of the future --- and i am all for it!

the critical comments being made about specific models are laughable, considering the variety of looks of non-asian models, every one of those comments could apply to a girl of non-asian heritage.

11/28/2005 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is first time for me to comment here.
Actually it is first time for me to visit your blog.

Anyway, so nice to post Asian models and giving complements.
Started to see Asian models in magazines and fashion show and etc.
And I am very happy about it.
I am asian and looks that I have is very typical asian face.
(no eyelid small eyes, flat nose, rather small mouth.)
I didn't like how I look.
But since these asian models are getting popular,
I am starting to have confidence.
These models giving me a power!

I have cosmetic blog.
If you like cosmetic stuffs,
please feel free to visit!!
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11/30/2005 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm. I think the real reason for some racist comments is that some people feel threatened by the growing popularity of beauties from other races. Maybe these posters are even feeling secretly jealous or angry about seeing beautiful Asians and hearing people write that they find them more attractive than Caucasians...These are only isolated examples, mind you...

I think we'll be seeing much more ethnically diverse models, particularly Asians, as all of Asia (China in particular) is poised to become a major economic world power in this century, potentially even surpassing the US!

12/11/2005 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Maybe these posters are even feeling secretly jealous or angry about seeing beautiful Asians and hearing people write that they find them more attractive than Caucasians...These are only isolated examples, mind you..."

I one hundred percent agree with you on that. I for one think that beauty is beauty, whether you are black, asian, white etc. And some people dont want to accept that people from another race, can be just as beautiful as caucasians in their own way.

12/24/2005 5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Womens Beauty in ads to attract men never use asians as they will neve be as beautifull as a european swede for example

12/25/2005 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i found your site through google, and im asian too. i agree with kummy that more asian models in the fashion industry ARE raising our level of confidence. expecially with memoirs of a geisha coming out.
i think shu qi and amber chia are absolutely beautiful.

1/12/2006 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Womens Beauty in ads to attract men never use asians as they will neve be as beautifull as a european swede"
THAT IS PATHJETIC! yes i guess now we see white people as being prettier then most asian women BUT there are also white people who are uglier then asian women. And i think what you wrote is stupid.
i'm 15, asian(unfortunately-yep that's what the media and everythin has done to me- i'm ashamed and hate being asian) and i'm 5'8. i really want to become a model but it seems it's people like you who prevent me from becoming one. It's people so narrow minded like you that really bring me down.
Heres a link to a picture of mine not from a photo shoot though because i don't like them, but tell me what you think. and i can post different ones later if anyone wants to see more. maybe i'm not pretty, please tell me, in a nice way!

2/01/2006 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's ridiculous that people think everyone should conform to the "european/American" look in order to be considered beautiful. Each race has special features and that's what makes them beautiful. I am SO happy there are more asian models in the industry, they are great role models for Asian girls in America. ROck on!!!!

2/09/2006 6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asian women are so beatiful! And that person who said asian models should get eye surgery to make their eyes bigger is stupid! It's like saying all women should get breast implants, liposuction, and plastic surgery to be considered beautiful. It's people like that, that make women feel insecure about how they look, which is why more and more women have eating disorders.

2/09/2006 6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes i think there are some really beautiful women in asia... and everyone it seems has the perfect model's body, so thin! it is really hard to compete...

maybe its just more that slav/european models are just popular because of tradition...

i have seen such beautiful tibetan people, korean, chinese and japanese women just walking down the street and any one of them could model for sure, if they had the height!!

2/13/2006 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello! I am a Korean female who has just turned 15 :). I think i'm pretty tall for my age and race.. i'm currently 5'8" 3/4 lol I mesured exactly:D (between 174 and 175 cm)Anyways I think its terrible and incredibly offensive to say that asians aren't as beautiful as the other races because beauty can't be measured by anything. Everyone has their own interpretation of beauty, and how they define beauty. I guess it's okay to have opinions.. but these types of opinions should only be kept to themselves. I know I have been suffering with some self-esteem issues, because like most asians, I hated my narrow, single-lided eye. But now, as i'm aging and maturing, I seem to have more confidence in myself and sometimes I actually like what I see in the mirror... i'm just glad i'm out of that phase where I wished I wasn't asian... I take pride in my ethnicity now, and i'm proud to see all these successful asian people in this industry today:D like sandrah oh! (not modeling, but holiwood:D) Anyways lol I love this blog, because even tho its sometimes argumentive it can really trigger your brian and get the thoughts goin:) great experience reading. thanks! It gives me hope that maybe someday I myself could model as well. Here's a picture (a link) of myself, a happy, dreaming Asian :)

3/12/2006 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hye Park is absolutely gorgeous.

I made a site dedicated to her a while back, but had to shut it down, but you can check out my blog I just made dedicated to her at:

3/20/2006 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris H, you're very pretty, but also remember that to become a high fashion model, you've gotta have the right measurements, too. You've gotta be tall and have around these measurements bust, waist, hips 34-24-34. I'm so happy there are more asian models in the biz and it'd be great if you added to the minority :]

3/26/2006 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say that I am caucasian and from the UK and I'm shocked that people haven't caught on sooner to how beautiful asians are. I think its great that more and more asians are modelling and those racist sh***s on here would die to look as good as them, they're probably jealous actually. Asians have features that top models like Gemma Ward and Kate Moss have ; unusual stunning eyes, an amazing bone structure to the face, pouty lips and a small doll like nose. I think models are only beautiful in the first place if they have at least one asian feature to them.

4/03/2006 6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha yeah im asian, fully chinese
and its so encouraging that there are more asian models on the catwalks..i TOTALLY agree though, i was in japan and in china, and the women are soooo beautiful there! korean women as well...i just don't understand, its true some of the asian supermodels are like not as pretty as girls walking around on the street!! tibet as well, wow the people are so beautiful, almost eurasian looking...

there are some really beautiful women out there, and asian girls are sooo thin and tiny! friend is from taiwan and she said she's a large there, but shes sooo tiny!! i can't believe it...

well i read this article about how asian models have a hard time being represented in major campaigns, but the article also talks about how american models haven't really created a monopoly either..its all the slavic and european models strangely... i dunno ok well google the web for asian girl and youll see alot of porn! theyre alot of sex appeal and mystique of the orient i think...

4/19/2006 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah thats totaly weird! kate moss and gemma ward have asian features totally!

4/19/2006 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to you for following your dream :] I just wanted to tell you good luck, I'm sure it'll be fairly hard finding an agency at your height. Yes yes, Devon Aoki is SUPER short, but remember, she has connections. Her mother was friends with Kate Moss and her father owns a chain of restaurants that makes her family very, very rich.

4/27/2006 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a photographer, i am lucky enough to have had the pleasure of working with both Hye Park and Du Juan for Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific and China Vogue, respectively. It was interesting to see the various comments other people have written. I think some people's points are unimportant, such as that of other Asians being much more attractive. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, to recite a cliche and a truth. what's great about Hye and Du Juan is that they both are very good MODELS, and very modern. although many people within fashion, including myself, think Gemma or Sasha are incredible, i know that most of my non-fashion friends and people NOT in fashion find them odd looking. it's not a question of how conventionally beautiful the model is, it's about modernity. Hye knows how to turn it on in front of the camera, and can walk in those Balenciaga platform heels as though she's walking barefoot: effortlessly. and contrary to other readers' comments, i DO think that Du Juan is very unique looking, and has a grace in her movements due to her formal ballet training. Furthermore, I found both of these women extremely hard working and really fun to work with. They truly deliver. What is important about these two is that they are opening the door up for other Asians, along with other events such as the opening of CHINA VOGUE and the rise of China in the world market and presence in the world's eye. Additionally, that there are 2 big stars at the same time is very important, as they aren't singular 'token' identitites as Ling and Ai have been. that's why exposing other asian models at this time is very important. there are amazing girls like Song Kyunga at FM London, and Sonny at IMG who are also beautiful, AND very different looking to Hye and Du Juan. just look at all of the different beauties represented on the launch issue cover of China Vogue! of course we recognize an asian when we see one, but it is important to remember that they all have their individual beauty and character which is about the person, not the race. tying into this, It's a broad generalization to say that 'all asians are short.' i think that this is a stereotype that i myself as a half-asian held, until starting to work more with the asian market. i have casted many models for China Vogue, Shanghai Tang, and other asian clients, and many of these stunners are 5'10 and up... i think height is more of a generational characteristic than a racial one.
will there be an 'Asian Movement' in modelling? it seems that would be obvious, but i think that it will still be somewhat of a struggle. it is important to support Hye and Du Juan and other asian models, and to ensure that this is not a flashpan trend, but a growingly permanent presence. I believe that Hye and Du Juan, whether they realize it or not, are potentially important iconic figures who are expanding the market and its perspectives towards a more diverse, tolerant, and beautiful world.
-John-Paul Pietrus, photographer

5/01/2006 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, and I love your work.

Personally, I think Du is definitely more conventionally prettier, but I think Hye is the better model. Both are great models, but Hye seems to have more range and better body proportions for being a model.

5/09/2006 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say it's unfair that asian people are kinda of ignored. I mean people only think of them as smart and cute. I don't mean that as bad. It is ok to be cute when your little. It's okay to be smart too.

5/23/2006 5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello! i am asian too, full korean but raised in europe, korean people tell me i have kinda caucasian features, and i don't look 100% korean.. i agree that asians are kinda ignored, both in movie and fashion stardom, but i think things are changing lately.. more asians in runways like du juan and some koreans too!! the fact is that lots of beautiful asians can't make it to get internationally recognized, so they are famous only in their countries.. asian beauty is not as easy to travel around the world as white beauty is, but i am glad to see new asians faces are coming up. besides, i have been proposed to model and appear on tv also, but i refused in order to finish my studies. but i am considering trying out before i finish university =) i love du juan btw~ but i personally prefer korean stars~ especially song hye kyo, although she's very short. but still beautiful. =)

6/04/2006 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey.. I agree that asian models look best , ziyi zhang rocks and I love China Vogue , especialli the cover with Kate Moss on it.. Australian Vogue tried to copy it! How sad... oh well .. I've always said that Asian beauties are unique they may lack sex appeal but their unique and doll like.. Kate Moss looks a bit asian if you look at her closely and gemma ward looks alien not pretty shes alien but in a good way but I love Ziyi Zhang (shes got oscar and golden globe nomindations plus shes modelling for maybelline now! She's so pretty and was listed as the top 50 most beautiful people in who magazine, Du Juan(not pretty rare and on the first cover of vogue china yay!) and I really especialli love ai tominaga(Her nose is cool and I love her cheekbones she has versatality) ... yay .. as I've said in modelling sex appeal is gone .. its about someones face that stops you on the street you look at it and think , :"wow thats different" but in a good way . Thats unique , thats out of this world. Thats fashion . fashion is about uniqueness and change , also c'mon how many people can't say that indian actress Aishwarya Rai is gorgeous?

6/06/2006 6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

check out this beautiful vietnamese girl. she isnt a model, she is just a girl who posed for some pics for her bf. but man she is unbelievably hot.

6/15/2006 6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just had to comment when someone wrote "Asian beauties...lack sex appeal." I'm Chinese, 19, pretty average 5'5'. My boyfriend wants me to grow taller and try out for American's Next Top Model. Anyway, back to my point, ever heard of ASIAN FETISH?

What bothers me is that most female stars in Asia are obsessed with having big, I suppose, Caucasian-looking eyes and pale, white, "Caucasian" skin. These two models are not the type of girls you see on television in China. That makes me think their height is a major factor to their success. Besides height, I think an international appeal for Asian models might be for their exotic, eastern look.

I'm glad they're working it. Du Juan is Shanghainese too. kisskiss

6/23/2006 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asians only represent anywhere from 3 to 8% of the overall US population. So from a commercial standpoint, most products are marketed to the majority who is still White.

Why does fashion use Caucasian models alot? It seems to be the most "neutral" currency that works internationally. It may be hard to market to a predominantly South American country using an Asian face, or market a Hispanic face to an homogenous Asian country. So if one were to market a product worldwide, it would be easier to use a Caucasian model. Easier, but it doesn't mean it has to be that way. A beautiful face is still a beautiful face.

"What bothers me is that most female stars in Asia are obsessed with having big, I suppose, Caucasian-looking eyes and pale, white, "Caucasian" skin."

Hmmm, big eyes are not features unique to Caucasians. I think for example that Indian women and men have the largest eyes overall. It may be the reverse...Asians may have smaller (yet beautiful eyes) compared to most other races.

White skin has been in vogue in Asia for centuries, even before contact with the West. Just look at ancient paintings and cultural examples like geishas. White skin has always been associated with refinement, feminity, aristocracy. Tanned skin implied you were lower-class like a field-laborer because you'd be out in the sun all day. This same thing is true in Medieval/Pre 21st C. Europe and the Pioneer Americas where women shielded their skin with large hats and bonnets.

The "tan is beautiful" thing is a relatively recent thing that goes along with differing notions of beauty. American media presently idealize sexiness, while Asia idealizes the delicate & feminine (even in men lately). The tan has yet to gain popularity in Asia.

6/23/2006 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for the response to my comment. Can't blame Caucasions for all the problems in the world right? I just wish Asians would embrace their golden and glowing skin tone a bit more instead of forcing themselves to use dangerous beauty products to get paper-white skin.

6/25/2006 4:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm a 14 years old chinese from canada and my eyes are naturally bigger than some of the white people's eyes... i hate it when people call me yellow skin because i'm so not yellow, i'm naturally taned, i know they can see it but in their fucking heads, they can't assimilate it... anyway. i wished i was taller so i could become a model. i am only 5p6 1/2 and weight 120 lbs because i have big bones and strong legs. i wished i was more tiny. does anyone know if all models need to be tiny?

6/25/2006 5:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think western/white people will always call asians "yellow skin" even if they are not.. i am korean raised in europe,i have a very white and pale complexion, and my height and body are western type. I only look asian for my black straight hair and for my almond shaped eyes.. yet people always call me "little chinese" or "yellow face" but they're just stereotypes you know? doesn't really matter if you have a lighter skin color..

to answer lisa,not all models need to be tiny, but it depends on what kind of work you do. for example, catwalks are mostly for tall and slim models (above 5'9 or so) while ads or products/photographs models don't necessarily need to be. (see Dove campaign or Elena Miro' plus size)..

6/26/2006 1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's many different types of models. from catwalk to editorial to commercial to plus size models. so no you don't have to be "tiny" to be a model.

i was thinking about an issue today. like i'm an asian, but i don't hang aroung many asians like i'm friends wit them but yea. u know? well like my friends and everyone like when they see an asian comments are said. like i don't care coz yeah, ad they say i'm "different" like sometimes i think like asians have overpopulated wheere i am. but like i was thinking today, it's pretty low judging people from their looks and race. like you know? yea i don't know what the point of that is.
i hate hating who i am.

6/27/2006 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i used to hate myself for being asian when i was younger but now i'm very proud to be chinese. and they are always people there to say that chinese people are ugly. but since a little while, i start to hear much more people saying that chinese girls are very pretty. it's not to be mean but i think that chinese girls are all pretty and chinese boys are rarely good-looking.. i don't know. maybe because where i live they are not so many chinese people so i can't really judge this. but i have to admit that i don't find chinese boys attrative at all... there is not much chinese or black people at my school so all my friends are white. i'm like the only chinese in my class! but people never talks to me like i was different. there is even some person who asks me if i am chinese because they don't believe it. even tough but i am proud to look like a chinese. ps. my favorite models are jessiann gravel beland :D from somewhere in canadaaa!!, lily donaldson, darla baker (i really love her face and expressions), devon aoki (:O i find her so pretty!!), gemma ward (she is perfect) and lisa cant. more about me: i do cheerleading i am not really muscular but i am very strong and don't have difficulties to lift the girls in the team. but the coaches says we all have to do musculation to become even more stronger. i am a little scared because i don't want to be too muscular. i could become a model if i was taller and if my hips were a little smaller because my mother works in the fashion industry. what are the perfect measurements for models??? mine are: 34 cup A. :( , 23, 37 -:( my mom keeps telling me my hips are too big and that is why i can't model. about my height, my doctor told me i am still growing up. right now i am 5p6 1/2.

6/30/2006 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops sorry i was wrong it is 32. (32, 23, 37)

6/30/2006 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love hye park's personality as well as her stunning look! she has her own korean blog and i was totally suprised that how she is that innocent and nice person considering that she is in show business. And, i find Du juan very sophisticated and pretty in a way that is more fit for the acting not a modeling. I dunno. everyone has own point of view. Right? ;)

7/04/2006 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen the 40 year old actress named GONG LI she's such a stunner , she really is , she's china's most celebrated actress and yet to break into the international market , she truly is a great beauty and also I love sandra oh and Lucy Liu , I specialli love lucy liu cuz she's one of the only chinese actresses who've made it huge onto the market and I love sandra oh after seeing her in the princess diaries , it just goes to show colour isn't even anything

7/14/2006 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I hate to burst your delusional asian bubble. . . Asian Models are a "trend" for now. Plain and Simple. When Asians STOP comparing themselves to whites. Maybe, they well have chance in the media. Asian females in particular are the most INSECURE women that i know...I live New York. I watch how Asian females throw cold stares at each other. It's so funny....Asian women are beautiful. But, at least 90% of don't think so... So, lol
What i find so funny . . . .Is when Asian American says "I don't know if I'm WHITE or ASIAN?!
um... Your Asian
But, what i love. . .is when Fashion Magazines... Have at least one Asian model ...once every 3 months.
Like for instance . . .Lucky magazine.. For awhile they had a Asian Fashion Editor... they rarely had ASIANS models in Lucky. Now, that she's gone...One Asian Model for this month issue. Even in British, Glamour and Cosmo..To find an Asian Model is like finding Waldo...
This whole asian trend is going to pass. . . Trust me in 20 years from now...No one will remember Hyde and Du-Juan

To be Model Icon....You need unforgettable look and personality. Asians don't have!

7/26/2006 12:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

umm excuse me?
asians don't have personalities?
i'm pretty sure that everyone has a personality, whether it be bland or outrageous it's still a personality. up and think before you say dumb shit.

7/26/2006 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Hye is better then du juan

7/27/2006 1:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a saying in Asia, "Everything from the west is a gift, meant to be copied and duplicated". None is more apparent then the luxury goods that China is able to reproduce that mimics and sometimes are indistinguishable from the real thing. As time goes on, Chinese factories will be able to produce luxury goods on par with their European counterparts and sell them under a new luxury brand name. LVHM did not become a luxury brand name overnight, neither did Prada, who only started in couture fashion in 1996.

As China copies the west, new fashion trends will emerge that will represent China's sense of fashion. Why? Beacuse China has such a huge population, I am sure they will have no problems selling to there own population. Many of the premier fashion houses (eg. Gucci, Prada , Versace) depend on populations outside their own respective countries to make a hefty profit on their designer clothes. If they only relied on their own population to buy their clothes. They would be bankrupt in no time.

Chinese people love chinese things. That being siad, as the Asian enconomy grows more and more provident, they will demand chinese models to hold the coveted spots and a new sense of fashion will emerge that will represent a more globalize ideal of what is beautiful. Namely, people of this world in it's entirety.

7/27/2006 3:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in fact dere re alot of tall asian girlz out in de US but dere re always de asian stereotype tat dey've 2 break through be4 dey can make it big. one more thing not all azn re bone w/ small eyes

8/07/2006 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are starting to see more Editorial Asian Female models, but why does the industry still lack the use of Asian male models in their mens wear? I'm a asian male model my self and i have not seen a Asian male on a the cover of Detail, Cargo, Men's Vogue , and any other Male fashion magizines not just on the cover but i have never seen a asian male model get an editorial page in those magizine. The Designers them selves should think that a majority of their customers are asians too.

8/10/2006 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear that a lot of designers test their stuff in Korea for various reason. One of the biggest reasons seem to be because of the Korean wave and popularity of everything Korean in the region. So if it's popular there, it's bound to be popular in Asia.

8/22/2006 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do feel that asians lack a level of sophistication (in the eyes of caucasions), whereas we can all look at gemma or gisele and gawk over their bodies and odd beauty. asians definatley have a different form of beauty. it's strange but nonetheless beautiful. i myself am asian, and love the fact that i have loud cheekbones, small eyes, and a pouty lip.

to be a sucessful model, i feel that you have to turn it on when cameras start flashing and need to walk the walk once the music starts thumping.

im actually very proud to be an asian, especially now with the rapid growth of asian models in the fashion industry. if anyone has noticed, marc jacobs has been using hye park for almost every one of his shows.. it's probably because her beautiful skin tone that perfectley reflects his dark-gray peices.

i think choi ji woo, a korean celebrity, has been offered a job at dior.

8/24/2006 3:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just love Hye Park.. im Korean and i enjoy going to her korean blog. she just has the beautiful personality AND the looks.
umm. and i see that many ppl are saying that azn eyes (small, narrow eyes)are pretty.. i agree, but its funny how people in asia perfers huge eyes like white people. its almost like they do not want to accept their identity..

8/25/2006 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marc Jacobs has used Hye for almost all his shows since she started modeling..marc jacobs, marc by marc and louis vuitton. she also seems to be at balenciage, dolce and gabanna and givenchy a lot. I also read that hye is the only minority model to walk for prada/miu miu in a long time. shame.

8/25/2006 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the post on 8/23, does Hye have a personal blog? If so does anyone know what it is? I think she is just so adorable. True not your conventional beauty, but thats what makes her beautiful. I am part English and part Korean and LOVE to see koreans/asians on the runways and in magazines. Ever since Hye came out, i've been obsessed with her. Go K-town! :)

8/27/2006 2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hye Park's Korean Blog:

I for one find it refreshing that there are more asian models. The only ones I can remember in the past are Ai Tominaga, Devon Aoki, Ling Tan and Audrey Quock.

9/05/2006 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Model doesn't need to be pretty or stunning.Look at Kate Moss,she ain't pretty/stunning.What model needs are a unique bone structure, a unique and recognizable face and a tall,slim body.

9/23/2006 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These comments seriously bother me, heh.

Too many stereotypes. Too many people with only new founded pride in being Asian - though admittedly, almost all of us need a push from all the cultural "white is better" talk ingrained in our minds. But wouldn't it be fantastic if we didn't need this affirmation?

I am insanely happy the way I am :) And knowing that Du Juan has my body comforts me. Now if only I were 12cms taller..

9/28/2006 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope that asians will become more and more prominent in society. Just like the black race, they get so much media attention and people feel like black people have been down played, but how about asians in america, not only does affirmative action work against them in colleges, there terribly type casted in movies based off stereotyping identities. Plus, just because asians dont have big blue eyes or typical face structure, i think there beauty is strong in different ways. There parallel black features are very mysterious and beautiful in their own way, a very exotic image rather than just plain out regular beauty that is so typical that it is almost not even beautiful anymore. I think asian popularity in american media will grow and progress over time because people will realize that the caucasian race's beauty is so typical and limited ( prominent face structure, tall noses, colored eyes) while asian beauty has a unique individuality to it that is very refreshing in the world. Also, asian people are becoming more and more of a target consumer force, and designers and stores around the world will come to realize that as more and more asians fill the united states, alot of the success and money occupied in the us. is by asians, and that as asians become more americanized, they will adapt the desire for style and superficiality identical to those of other americans. As a result, alot more commercialization will be targeted toward asians, and asians will be seen in alot more movies as they become fused with american tradition and society.

10/21/2006 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Modelling is not just about being classically beautiful. It seems that whenever an asian model makes it big, other asians always complain that there are prettier asians. There are also prettier white/russian/european girls than Sasha, Vlada, Gemma, Natasha, etc.

What makes these girls models, as well as Hye, Ai, Du, etc is that they have the body, and the talent. Ai and Hye have the model proportions, and their faces are put together so well that it just screams model. They also have great range in photographs and are extremely photogenic. Sure there are prettier korean/chinese/asian girls out there, but do they have the height, the proportions, the ability and such to make good models? I don't think so.

I'm Chinese, and I don't find Du Juan common. Her face is gorgeous. She proportions are off though for a model.

10/26/2006 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really think it's great that there are more asian models out there but i didn't mind all the others before^^
and i didn't feel very insecure because i was asian (vietnamese to be exact) but i am really short copared to my friends. you see i live in germany and my freinds are all 5'8'' and up and i'm like the shortest just 5'5.5'' but i believe and hope that i'll still grow. after all i'm only almost 15. i would really like to become a model too but at the moment i'm a bit to big. i used to weigh like 54 kg when i was the skinniest now it's a bit more..but i'm trying to lose a bit^^

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11/04/2006 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its beautiful that more asian models are in milan and in ads.Asians are very pretty and unique and has a mysterious feel compared to the other races. I personally love Zhi-ling, she a taiwanese model thats been on vouge and many more ( im a little shock i didnt see her on the site however).Shes 33-24-33 5'9 very very pretty.

On the other hand i really wana model but im just asian 5'3-4 , 32-23-36 and jus turning 16. you think i have a shot?

11/06/2006 5:58 AM  
Blogger anandhi said...

its important to note one key thing. asian as a description is very very wide - the models you guys have described, Du juan, hye park and devon aoki, are oriental.

asian stock includes indian, polynesian and oriental stock - how can that be rolled into one face?

fashion brands hv acknowldeged the rise of the oriental face because of the oriental capacity to spend money. tahts the painful reality of it all. as much as im thrilled and ansolutely elated to see more oriental girls breaking the casucasian majority, its time we thought about something.

all these fashion houses are gushing about how beautiful these girls are now. why didnt anyone think they were beautiful then?

11/10/2006 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm a typical caucasian model... blond, green eyes... i just worked with an asian model and she is freakin weird looking, but stunning.... i don't know what ethnicity she is, but i know she is 100% asian and she changed my view of what i defined as beauty... what ethnicity is she?

11/12/2006 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a 5'6 asian female and considered very pretty by my peers.
They like my double eye-lids and
my tall nose and pouty lips. I'm
part chinese,vietnamese. I'f I
was just two inches taller...I
could be a fashion model...but
unfortunately I'm more fit to be
a import car model or whatever.
I wish there were more asian fashion models out there. ..but
asians are not known to be that
tall. I find it annoying how
people say I'm tall...but I think
5'6 is just average height in
general but tall for an asian chick. SOrry guys...but there will
always be a limited amount of fashion models of asian descent.
THe ones we do have....were lucky
to have on the scene for our race....but most likely you won't
see too many TALL asian models..unless their mix something

11/13/2006 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since people have commented on what
is considered beautiful in's the jist.....
ASIANS in asia like asian models
with certain features. It is true
to some extent that asians like
euro asian models(of mix races)
or asian models who supposedly
have features that are not so
atypical of asian features. Asians
don't consider small, creaseless
eyes attractive. They like more
rounder almond eyes with creases.
THey consider a tall nose that
doesn't look so flat...attractive.
And a slender but not so round
STANDARD. That is why the chinese
stars in Asia..have plastic surgery
to have the so called ideal preety
asian face...not exactly caucasian
features...but asian features..only

11/13/2006 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In asia...big eyes with a crease
and a tall nose(with a bridge)is
considered the asian beauty ideal.
Check out korean and chinese stars
in the orient. Alot of them have
had plastic surgery to look that
way...but it's considered attractive. Asians in the Orient
don't like alot of their own
features. Slanted eyes that are
small and have no lids are not
considered pretty. And having a
totally wide and flat nose is not
considered attractive. They like
tall slender noses. WHich is why
the asian models over there...are
considered more "western looking."
That's the sad truth...on what is
considered beautiful. Most of the
Asian models on the runway would
not even be considered that striking....maybe striking...only
because their tall...but they would
be considered average looking in Asia...or even not that attractive.

11/13/2006 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am 13yrs old and fully vietnamese.I live in Australia and i attend a high school where almost half the school is Asian. there are so many gorgoeus asian girls!!
i was on a holiday in hong kong and most of the billboards have ads of high fashion houses like Dolce and Gabbana, but none of the models were asian!!!

i am proud to be vietnamese and i would love to be a model, but what opputunies are there if some narrow-minded people expect me to be a beautiful western girl with blonde hair and blue eyes? im not saying that all people think this, but there should be more asian models out there in this Westernised world!!

11/25/2006 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is it that most asians want pale white skin??

i have spent alot of time in the sun, so i am quite dark for an asian. but i heard that some models bleach their skin. isnt this going a bit too far??

11/25/2006 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read earlier blogs. Some
wondered why there aren't more
asian models out there.
many asians do you know that not
only have model good looks but are
5'9 and over?? Sure...there may
be some tall people in your area.
But let's be for reall....there
are more SHORT than tall asians in
general. There are more asian models for maybe...Maxim, Playboy
and the hot import nights car
shows...but fashion models? Sure
we're hot....but not alot of us
are 5'9 and over.

11/27/2006 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a response to earlier blogs...
about the obsession of wanting pale
skin. This is what I've been told..
in the asian asians
did not work out in the sun. THe
ones that did hard labor...the poor
and tans..because they did alot of
manual labor ..working in fields
and what not in the sun. The ones
with so called pretty light skin
were wealthy and the wealthy were
the standard of beauty. In's the opposite. A tan
to Americans look healthy. WHile
pale skin was considered sickly

11/27/2006 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How odd. I'm completely Chinese, yet I am always wanting a tanner complexion and skin tone.
I don't have very almond-esque eyes (though I would love them), because my eyes are rounder than most Asian ones. Facially, I seem to have absolutely no bone structure. And I have a typical, tad below average Asian nose. Sorta biggish. Forgive me for admitting this but, I would kill for a more structurally able nose. Meaning, I want your typical, for lack of a better term, western nose. Curved, a little pointed at the tip and so forth.
It's horrible how superficiality can be so cruel, isn't it.

11/28/2006 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand where your coming from. General society.. the media.... pretty much EVERYONE values beauty to a certain extent...some more than others. I myself have entertained the idea of maybe having plastic surgery some day. I like my eyes..and they have creases..but I wish my eyes were a little more rounder. It's wierd but...the bottom of my eyes are straight...but the top is kind of like almond shaped. If you cut an almond in half...straight down the middle...those are the shape of my eyes. THey don't slant up or you know what I mean? I have a tall nose...but I hate this little bump on the top of it....kind of like the bump on Jessica Simpson's nose. Well...not that pronouce...but you would notice it if you were seeing my side profile. People think I'm attractive..but that does'nt seem to be enough. I'm almost 5'7 but would love to be atleast 5'8. Overall, I'm satisfied but sometimes it's hard..because you see so many attractive people in the entertainment biz...with perfect features. My imperfections are not major..but I think every little bit counts. As superficial as it may see beautiful women being treated like gold. I think the only reason people are nice to me initially is because of how I look...that makes me insecure...because...would they be nice to me if I was fugly????????????

11/29/2006 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was she very proud !
frankly speaking...
I think Hye is better then du juan.
PERFECT BODY,small eyes,BLACK HAIR.. absolutely gorgeous~~
SHE is charismatic~~
I will ALWAYS support HER♡

12/07/2006 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am East Asian so I am really glad to see Asian women walking the catwalks of famous international designers. However I find it strange that the Oriental models who have achieved some sort of international fame all look the same--the stereotypical almond eyes and very Asian looking features(like the picture above with the 5 Asian women and Gemma Ward)
I don't have eyes like that and a lot of my East Asian peers do not either...the reason why these models are chosen reflects Western fantasy of exotic Oriental women. I have lived in Hong Kong for a period of time and I do know that most Chinese women do not look like that; surely they can find Asian models who do fit the height criteria and look somewhat different from the stereotypical Asian features...

12/13/2006 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding skin complexion--like whoever said it above, pale skin is desirable not because it looks Caucasian, but because it was traditionally viewed as a sign of being wealthy (without having to labor in the fields) Adding to that, people in the Northern hemisphere of the world generally have paler skin as they get closer to the Poles (excluding Eskimos who have to bear the harsh weather) It is like how animals with white fur are found in the snowy areas up at Santa Claus's headquarters. On the map, Beijing is considered Northern China while places like Canton are down in the south, and generally speaking, people in Beijing have white rosy skin while Canton people have a golden tone. So back to the question of why Asians want pale skin? Beijing was the capital where the emperor lived, which meant that it was also home to all the pale skinned empress and beautiful concubines. Naturally, the emperor's concubines were viewed as the epitome of beauty to the rest of China, so that is why many Chinese people desire to have pale skin.

12/13/2006 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW i can't believe you just mistakened the girl on the far left for du juan, i can assure you, that is NOT du juan!!! because i personally KNOW that girl on the left lol her name's STEPHANIE SHIU and she recently moved from vancouver to new york after being discovered not too long ago, so im not surprised you wouldnt know who she is cause she's a new model, but yea.. when she told us she'd be on the cover of chinese vogue, we just had to look it up, and i can't believe ppl would mistake her for someone else! LOL im curious now as to who is the REAL du juan in the picture. any idea?

12/15/2006 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok i just looked Du Juan up... and the pics that came up are so freaky... because that Du Juan girl and my friend look freakishly alike from certain shots hahaha now i really wonder who it is on that cover. maybe that really IS Du Juan? Either way, eventually you'll see Steph Shiu on the cover of Chinese Vogue in one of the upcoming issues, so look for her.. you can't miss her :) And you can see the similarity for yourself!

12/15/2006 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is most definitely Du Juan on the cover and not Stephanie Shiu. I've seen a few pictures of Stephanie (I believe she is with Vision NYC (?)) and I don't think she looks like Du Juan at all.

12/15/2006 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity..have any of
you gotten cold stares..especially
by caucasian women?? Because I have...I don't know if it's because
I'm a tall asian woman who is considered attractive by peers..and
they might feel threatened...or what? I don't think it's a racist
thing...this is in the suburbs and
asians in this area of where i live
is common. I get messed up looks by
teenage girls too. Most of these stares are directed at me when I'm
just walking around the mall ...hanging out with my roommate Greg. Admittedly...he looks like a bit of a nerd and is
short...but the looks are directed
at me...not him. What do you think
that's about. While the young guys
check me out but the females are
just really cold.

12/21/2006 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about asian male models? I can not think of any male asian names but then agian i am not buff on fashion.

12/22/2006 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for male asian models check daniel henney (dna) and dennis oh, but they're mixed. half korean and half american. still hot though..!!

12/23/2006 11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

asian power!

12/24/2006 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im interesting in modeling but i think im too short, im 17, 5'4, 34B-25-36, weigh 111 pounds, full chinese but once in a while people ask me if im korean, to tell you the truth... i myself can't tell the diffrence between chinese vietnamese and koreans. so... think i gotta chance?

12/29/2006 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im half vietnamese ,i guess im kinda tall, male and kinda pale maybe i should model but i think i need to lose weight.

1/01/2007 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out my hye park fansite :)

1/01/2007 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*sigh* .... she's so pretty *kawaii* ^^;
I want to be an asian too, you guys/girls are cool ;p
Go Asia! <3

Greetings from tiny Belgium ;)

1/08/2007 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots people tender to think asian in a stereotype, they should have slanted eyes, dark hair and short, but actually, they only represent some of asians, I lived in Beijing and Harbin in China for 6 years, but to my surprise, I found that lots of eastern asian here have deep and dark eyes, and high nose, so it is tough to define the standard beauty for asians too.

1/14/2007 12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thirteen, 5'2, female (despite the typically male name), considered pretty, asian - my roots are chinese, and I was born in the UK, but have lived in China for twelve years of my life after the one year I spent in the UK. It's nice to see some asian models up there on the catwalk. I used to be ashamed of my heritage. This was mostly because average chinese people out on the streets you see everyday are not considered physically attractive, and their repulsive habits such as spitting on the floor reflects upon their poor bringing up and therefore ruins the image of a perfect chinese. Yet at the same time, I think the younger generations of asians are really starting to get a look-on in the fashion world.

Did someone mention that chinese think big eyes are a sign of beauty? My dad's from Guilin, and I inherited his family's long, delicate eyes. I guess it's really a matter of opinion in each race as I've been told that many chinese think long eyes like mine are beautiful, rather than big ones.

Hurrah for Asians!

1/15/2007 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long eyes? What is that? I've heard
of eyes that may be slanted..or
almond...round...but what is long
eyes?? If you check out the asian
actresses in asian cinema...chinese
and korean stars have eyes that are
almond..but a bit more rounder. And
have tall slim bridges (noses) ..with slender faces and
pouty lips. I heard that was the
standard of asian beauty. THat's
what the earlier blogs referred to.

1/16/2007 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets face it,asian models are up and coming...ppl out there who dont like,personally dnt think any1 cares they making it big and good 4 them. xxxxxx

1/22/2007 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I had asian-y chinese-y features, and I thought that Du Juan was nothing special after seeing a tiny sized ad of her for Gap, but after looking at some of her pics up close, I realised she was P-E-R-F-E-C-T. Her eyes are perfectly almond shaped and kind of wide set. Her FACE SHAPE is so... defined! As in, super sharp chin and high cheek bones. And her nose is small. And her lips are what my mom calls "heart shaped lips"... they're like, tiny, yet full and pouty. Some people might not find her pretty, because they might not like her look, though, I understand. It's not a face I would've appreciated if I were a few years younger. But her face is quite close to perfection. I mean, really, can you find a fault in her face?

1/30/2007 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know what i think can be cool? if there was some sort of asian runway! like, min height 165? (haha that's my height!) i mean, it's so BORING to watch tall, leggy beautiful european blondes strut the runway all the time. i mean, really! you'll agree with me! i was thinking if you saw tall, beautiful, leggy caucasians on the runway, then all of a sudden a controversial face, along with a "short" height were to appear! so fun!

1/30/2007 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm sure you have mistakened because stephanie shiu isn't on the cover of Chinese Vogue. her first story for chinese Vogue just came out with John Akehurst.

2/04/2007 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think stephanie shiu was on hold for a chinese Vogue cover but Heather marks was chosen over her.

2/04/2007 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the person who said: "It may be hard to market to a predominantly South American country using an Asian face, or market a Hispanic face to an homogenous Asian country. So if one were to market a product worldwide, it would be easier to use a Caucasian model. Easier, but it doesn't mean it has to be that way. A beautiful face is still a beautiful face." YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. cheers to you

2/07/2007 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!! i went to school with hye park!! or i think i did. does anyone know if she went to univ. of utah? i swear i've seen hye before on campus and in our lecture classes like 2 yrs ago. ive had a few classes with her and i remember b/c ive never seen an asian girl so tall.

2/11/2007 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous (or at least the one before me)--
I found this on the wikipedia article on Hye: "Hye was born in Seoul, South Korea, but immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah when she was a young teen."
And what's the probability that an Asian moves to Utah? like 1 in a million! And what's the probability of having a tall asian girl (what an oxymoron)? so I do believe that you did in fact go to school w/ her... LUCKY GIRL!

2/12/2007 4:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think so too, I also found this article here:

"Hye Park (pronounced "hi") makes becoming a high-profile model seem as simple as signing up for science class. For this pretty face, the road to the runways of Louis Vuitton and Prada was literally a walk in the campus park. She went to an open casting at the University of Utah when she was a sophomore and was discovered. That was July of 2004."

2/13/2007 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this Article! Though, not an asian women myself, I find then to be the most beautiful people in the world!!! Im glad theyr'e starting to be recognized so!

2/14/2007 5:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's lovely to hear that Asian models are getting more exposure, but I believe people are forgetting that India is an Asian country. I have not seen a single Indian model to grace these catwalks, which is sad.

2/15/2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger Sakura ShinRa said...

Asian models are indeed very beautiful and it's just sad that narrow minded people out there have such nasty things to say. Designer clothes have always looked better on androgynous physiques and although I am a fuller figured girl who could never wear those clothes, I appreciate the look on an aesthetic level. My favourite would definately be Du Juan, as an artist I find she makes a good base model for my artwork too

2/22/2007 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have DU Juan had her eyes done?

3/04/2007 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being raised in Mainland China, I thought Asians wanted paler skin because it glows.

As for cold stares, sometimes, I find myself admiring the looks of a woman, but being female myself and not wanting to be mistaken for a lesbian, it comes off as a sort of a glare. (Stares really do look like glares.) ;D

3/06/2007 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm..interesting...I always thought it was a jealousy thing
when I get cold stares from women...but I can also see that
too (noted above).

3/10/2007 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know some people question if they
can be models at 5'5..on here.
Realistically...that's too short
for runway. This is the Modeling
Industry and is HIGHLY competitive.
But you can't discount Fitness
Modeling...Catalog...or even
car models (SEE HIN)...playboy..
centerfold modeling/bikini..etc.
YOu just have to have a certain
look. Check out other types of
models like Natasha Yi, Mia Guzman,
Kaila Yu,Justene Jaro...etc..

3/10/2007 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think asian are less recognized before is because in average asians are much shorter. but as the diet and life style changes there are starting to be more TALL asians. and asian women have become more aware of their own body in the past 20 years. before that, we're only acceptable to be honorable wives that serve our husband and family unconditionally.

fashion is a form of art, and art is suppose to be expressed without the border of language or nationality. so having these cloths on models from all around the world with different skin color, features is a wonderful way to enhance the form and diversiy of how the cloths can fit.

3/17/2007 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asian women are beautiful! It's good to see them on the catwalk.. I'm half korean, and I wish I looked liked them! Wait, I kind of do, I'm 5'9 and skinny!

4/14/2007 3:58 AM  
Blogger shoeper girl said...

EMMA W, we're not all as short as you are. :P

4/23/2007 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing most people don't know - not even Asians - is that a large part Asian population is actually a blend of the Asians from the south and from the north.
Those from south form the vast majority of southeast asian population such as Cambodia, Turkey, and Philipin. As you would notice, they tipycally have large round eyes that look like those of most people in the world(like caucasians, negroids, and hispanics), flatter nose, darker shade and short phsique.
However, the Asians from the north are virtually extinct;or, have mixed with other races. They are the true minority race group who survived the harshest cold weather during the ice age. Therefore, their body is a complete adaptation to incredibly cold weather: narrow eyes with fat lids to keep their eyes from icy wind,straight hair(virtually all of them) which is the best form for insulation, and tall, well-built physique and facial structure for hunting wild animals and eating tough meat. Also, despite the common stereotype about Asians, they had small but rather augmented nose and pale white skin. That's why you can see some rather caucasian-looking Asians sometimes; they just have the right blend of south and north, and that's what Asians aim for in beauty.
Although currently extinct, those "white asians" kept their unmixed gene throughout the history somehow. In Korea, where 80% of the population is made up of those white asians, those were the people of higher social class. So while their typical features were considered beautiful(white skin-which was even paler when you were rich and sitting in your house all day and narrow eyes), lower class dark asian features were thought to be ugly and "not elegant". So what is accepted to be beautiful eyes worldwide now was the worst eyes back then in Korea.It stayed that way for hundreds of years since Korea was such a small country and their high pride would never let themselves blend in with others. However, throughout history, virtually all people have been mixed and that's what forms Korea today. Since double lided eyes is a dominant genetic trait, many people have become to have large eyes. But still the white asian genes remain and that's what makes Korea have the most tallest(average height 173.2cm American 174.1cm), whitest(what not-white Korean girls would also die for), and considerably more typically beautiful girls in Asia. It's not that I'm discriminating against other Asian people, but if you look at Korean celebs and even girls walking on the streets, you'll definately see what I mean(although many have cosmetic surgerys).
So to the point - What makes Hye Park special is that not only that she is skinny and walks powerfully, but she has the very unique complexion really close to the early white asins which can be hardly seen ANYWHERE around the world, and that type of face is hard to find even in Asia - have u seen her white skin without makeup - It's a sort of unusual elegance that will become harder and harder to be seen as the recessive genes blend in.
Du Juan has a rather Mongolian face, which is a very close relative of those white orientals but with so-called yellow skin.
I hope that this helped you understand more about Asian complexions - not all Asians look alike!!!!

4/28/2007 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I agree with the comment that Du juan looks like more of a celeb-type rather than a model. I think she would make a very fine and beautiful actress(if only she could act).
And in the sentence "Those from south form the vast majority of southeast asian population such as Cambodia, Turkey, and Philipin.", Turkey should be replaced with Thailand(Turks are caucasians with dark skin).

4/28/2007 4:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It's sort of sad, and a very biased industry where Asians that don't fit their promotion of "geisha" exoticness are left out. I went to a modeling expo recently as a finalist to meet 30 major agencies. Not surprisingly, I did not receive any callbacks, but 2 other Asians that looked pretty plain (in Asian standards), obviously with slanted eyes, received callbacks. It's very sad that the industry, perhaps trying to appear "pc" and diverse in promoting the "asian exotic" look, is further perpetuating the asian stereotype. It's good to be diverse and show the different faces of beauty, but in diversity, we need to show exactly that in the Asian community itself. We don't all have slanted eyes, in fact 50% of chinese are naturally born with double-eyelids. But the stereotype has permeated so far that I've been asked if I've gotten eye surgery. It's ridiculous. It's a viscious cycle really.

5/02/2007 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No offense, but the average height for an adult female in South Korea is definitely not 173,2 cm but 161, 01 cm. Furthermore, the average American height is not 174,1 cm. According to National Center for Health Statistics,the average height for an adult female in the US is, 5 feet 3.8 inches (162.05 cm)I think that many girls are way too focused on our heights. Especially of you're aound 5,5 or less..But hey, if you take a look around you in the bus, you will see that the majority of the women are NOT all tall leggy supermodels.

5/04/2007 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are also about to start filming China's Next Top Model this year. It will be based in Shanghai. I'm curious to watch it.

6/08/2007 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard it's harder for asian males to break into the industry but i believe u just gotta work hard. i just started in march and i'm building up my book. due to my height however, i know i'm never going to do runway

6/22/2007 5:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find Du Juan very beautiful and perfect-looking. One of the best international models and not just among Asians but among the European models as well. She's one of the most doll-looking-like models I've ever seen, from asian-models to non-Asian models.
And screw nationality, if you're beautiful, you're beautiful. It doesn't have to have anything to do with race. Why categorize people like this?
Most of this is just stereotyping anyways. Just because people are Asian doesn't mean they automatically have "Asian" eyes. Sure, most of the Asian have small eyes, but there are a special few with naturally large and beautiful eyes as well. Just because less Caucasians have small eyes doesn't mean large eyes are a necessarily Caucasian element. Some have naturally pale skin as well.
Most Asian ARE shorter, but again, that's stereotyping.
And like I said, who cares about nationality? The most beautiful of Asians (full-blooded)(and no matter how few) could definitely compete with the most beautiful of Europeans. Just because there are probably more beautiful living Europeans doesn't mean particular beautiful Asians can't be just as good models.
Anyways, I'm happy for Du Juan. She's so lovely.

6/25/2007 5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey.. up there.
I think the person who's talking about average height is referring to males.
You can't say that the average height of women in either the US or South Korea is over 170cm. What kinda country is that?
Anyway, Korean's ARE the tallest Asians. Like what my friend told me how he could tell Koreans from other Asians, if you see a tall Asian with rather pale skin, it's very likely that he/she might be a Korean.
And many Americans/Europeans get surprised at how tall people are when they visit Korea, while the general height of Japanese people meets their expectations(about 3-4cm shorter than Korean average for both genders).
In fact, a sort of racist term that was applied to Japanese by Koreans traditionally was "waegu" ,which means "small body".

9/01/2007 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are very few asians that do runway modeling. The fact is that no one will execpt other asian models because they are so short, but i totally agree there are a lot of better looking asian girls. Being asain myself, im trying to get into the modeling industry. Its tough being short! Maybe one day all types of people can model!

9/09/2007 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those Asian models are too thin and are bad role models for young Asian girls and women. It's sickening how in some Asian countries such as Japan, China, Korea, and Singapore that clients want really thin models with the exception of the Philippines, India, and Pakistan. In Europe, except for France, South America, and elsewhere they could get kicked out for looking anorexic. I'm Filipino and the good part about the Filipino culture is, is that people like curvy, voluptuous girls versus thin, bony girls, especially guys. I've noticed that Filipina women are more likely to be curvy and voluptuous compared to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean women, like Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, and other Filipina actresses, models, singers, TV journalists, etc.

9/24/2007 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I’d note that beauty was scientifically determined to be a matter of proportions. The more balanced a face is, the more people rate it as beautiful. So the more your right side matches your left, the more beautiful you are :). Having said that, when you throw in that small quirk, like Meryl Streep’s crooked nose, or Elvis' crooked smile, you get that little something extra that puts a face beyond beauty.

I also want to agree to all those who love diversity. These Asian models and most Asian people I know are beautiful. As are all the models I’ve seen lately on There are Caucasians who look so masculine, yet beautiful, Africans who are very dark and ethnic and no flowing long hair, yet as beautiful as can be.
I was looking for asian faces for sculpting when I came accross your blog. You and your commentors have helped me a lot with names to look up, thanks! :)

1/13/2008 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Du is so much prettier than hye , no offence but its absoultuely true

2/15/2008 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Hye is 5 times the model Du wishes she could be. Being a high fashion model is not just about being pretty.

3/01/2008 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think high fashion finally got the meaning of variety.

3/09/2008 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a hetero male and know absolutely nothing about fashion. But I just want to say that I have always been very attracted to Asian women, especially Japanese and Chinese. They look positively elegant and I think it's a PLUS that they are generally petite. I wouldn't want to date a woman taller than I am! I love the way their face and eyes look and I want to say to the girl who wrote above that she is ashamed to be Asian, DON'T be ashamed girl! Be proud of your heritage. If anyone should be ashamed it should be white people like myself whose race has been responsible for most of the death and destruction the world has suffered through. Be glad to be Asian! Asians rock! And you are beautiful people in every way.

6/08/2008 1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think dujuan is the better model. There's sth really elegant and different about her. Hye park imo, look really 'plain' , she doesn't really seem very striking (take note, I don't mean pretty, I mean 'striking,' there's a difference. She looks like heaps of other koreans before they get surgery. Dujuan is also a much much better runway model, her walk is really nice-hye park usually looks really stiff imo.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg I am so proud and happy to see Asian models gracing the runway. I'm Asian myself ; and in my opinion I think Asian women bring a very different and unique look. Yes some are very tall and have great figures. That's why I think the Modeling Industry should really start expanding their diversity on the runway. I mean come on it's 2008 now , people don't want to see the same caucasion girls even though they are all very beautiful. I just think it's time for people to see beauty in every race.

8/11/2008 1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i admire these two girls for what they are.. they are what i can never be (a diversity to runway) im 5 feet 3 and might never become anything as big as these girls but i love that. i grew up with lots of names being asian myself i am very proud to be the mixed race that i japanese, filipino, italian..i might not see this as much as the average rece in modeling but to see something i can relate to is very nice...
and as much as people say asians are the same look closely were all different..i know thats very weird to say but thats a common joke that people think is funny to say..

8/13/2008 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but why are asian women allowed to model? They are the most unattractive women i've, and many other people have come across. Their small, undesirable eyes and wide noses and large heads aren't cute. and are not exotic. And they all look identical. That, and they have no shape, and most look like eaither midgets, or 10 year olds.

The only asians that look half decent are the ones who get eye opening surgery (and no, don't try and tell me some asians have big eyes because that's a lie lol) they have breast implants. And it's all to look white.

I'm tired of seeing ugly asian women period. And by the way (asian ladies) the colored contacts and hair bleach are doing nothing for you.

8/15/2008 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have big eyes (triple lidded? I have multiple eye folds for some reason), tall nose bridge, thick lips, and a perky a$$... and I'm Chinese.

10/18/2008 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the person who wonders why asian women are allowed to model and thinks they all look identical:
you white people look the same to us asians unless u r angelina jolie or brad pitt. i'm an asian female and i embrace my ethnicity. plus if u can't tolerate us, u shouldn't be living in an english-speaking country because it's being taken over by wealthy and well-educated asians.

10/23/2008 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people put racist and very stupid comments about asian models.
anyway who cares?
Fashion has always been boring without the introducing of black, exotic and special looking people.
Hopefully there are some asian models, their beauty comes from their difference, and that makes people talk.
You talk.

And it's enough.

1/07/2009 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I like about Du Juan and Hye park, more than lot of asian girls you can see in korean or japanese dramas, is that they are trully natural.
Most girls in the asian media all have plastic surgery, especially their eyes.
I hate all those asian ladies who try to look like caucasian people.
Those two models looks like real asian girl, natural, and I'm glad fashion is looking for that, that they know what true beauty is.

1/07/2009 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Asian models are also popular because of their simple look too. If you notice, I don't think many companies hire asian models with huge eyes, I think they like the little eyes better

4/25/2009 5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... my 12 years of living in America I've ever experienced such blatant bashing against Asian features/women. How scary to see that racist comments are still so easily tossed around.

I think people need to stop making generalizations. I am Korean and I dont necessarily think these two models are stunning, to tell you the truth. But it's not acceptable to categorize certain races as "ugly" or "having no personality." It's really insulting to be labeled as having no personality just because of my race, because I know myself, and I have a personality (and a pretty good one at that). Until you know someone personally, dont make foolish judgements. Save us all the embarassing, uneducated, and unclassy remarks.

5/29/2009 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...I'm tired of seeing ugly asian women period..."
oh my gosh when i read your comment i couldn't stop laughing..this is so poor..."...And they all look identical..." one can see you are trying hard to stereotype and offend asians...a little embarassing, don't you think so?
"I'm sorry, but why are asian women allowed to model?" Well, i am sorry, but how can you "allow" sb to model? They are models because they are beautiful and have the qualities, you are allowed to model as well..the question is if you can become one.
But there is one point i agree with you. I think asian girls shouldn't try to look european so hard and it's pity models like hye park could and can only become popular outside Asia, because the people there don't considere typiacal asian faces as beautiful, they only gain confidence about and get to know their own beauty through foreign advertisement. I think it's because until now they have always been confronted with the beauty ideals of caucasian types.
Oh and by the way, i think it's cute how all asian girls here want to know if they can become a model with their height. To be honest: it's quite impossible, the height is just very imortant. But that desn't mean you are not beautiful, you certainly all beauties in your own way. Anyway there is no such thing as THE "beauty". Hundred of years ago fat women were the typical beauties. Who knows, perhaps in hundres years it's "beautiful" to be small, fat and to have a big nose and ears..
(sorry for my english, i live in Germany^^)

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Blogger Queen Laffine said...

I find this thread interesting...I am a twenty something American Caucasian female, and I cannot tell you how many times I or my friends have gotten into a conversation about how pretty Asian girls are-with their thin sleek bodies, beautiful eyes and perfectly straight's funny how they don't see that!...White guys here seem to have a thing for Asian girls...I guess the look that is coveted is always going to be the "unique" look that draws attention. "the grass is always greener on the other side." Caucasian american girls think some Asian-American/Asian girls are prettier...while some Asian girls in Asia think white women are more beautiful...=) Exotic is always more beautiful-what you are not used to can be the most alluring =)


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Hye Park and Du Juan are great models.

With the rise of the Asian fashion industry we will see many more Hye Parks and Du Juans making their way to the top.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! I actually lol'd when i saw those asians compared to Gemma.
Those asians are so fucking ugly compared to Gemma Ward.
look at how beautiful, young and pretty Gemma Ward looks compared to those monkey faced ugly asians. Yuck
those asians are ugly. what's attractive about looking like a flat faced ape? lol they so boring looking. same old boring hair colour, boring eyes, boring faces.
When juxtaposed with Gemma Ward, these asian "models" look sooo ugly. Gemma Ward is so very beautiful and very pretty.
I am offended that they even juxtaposed Gemma with this asian trash in photoshoot.
But it complements her cause she's so pretty and they're so ugly, so those asians make her look more pretty x10.
Pretty white girls like Gemma Ward a r e the b e s t. can't beat them.
and then you get these ugly asian whores being jealous of such gorgeous, pretty white girls like Gemma.
these asians are so overrated. they are not beauty.

Gemma Ward. I s beauty.

9/26/2011 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! I actually lol'd when i saw those asians compared to Gemma.
Those asians are so fucking ugly compared to Gemma Ward.
look at how beautiful, young and pretty Gemma Ward looks compared to those monkey faced ugly asians. Yuck
those asians are ugly. what's attractive about looking like a flat faced ape? lol they so boring looking. same old boring hair colour, boring eyes, boring faces.
When juxtaposed with Gemma Ward, these asian "models" look sooo ugly. Gemma Ward is so very beautiful and very pretty.
I am offended that they even juxtaposed Gemma with this asian trash in photoshoot.
But it complements her cause she's so pretty and they're so ugly, so those asians make her look more pretty x10.
Pretty white girls like Gemma Ward a r e the b e s t. can't beat them.
and then you get these ugly asian whores being jealous of such gorgeous, pretty white girls like Gemma.
these asians are so overrated. they are not beauty.

Gemma Ward. I s beauty.

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