13 Top Asian Models Conquering Fashion Diversity

These are the Top Asian Models Conquering the World of Fashion

The discussion of diversity in fashion is much larger than just black models. The real issue, instead, is the lack of non-white models. Shockingly one of the most underrepresented groups is one of the largest – asian models. The lack of diversity isn’t limited to international markets. The East Asian region itself seems to have an affinity for more Westernized ideas of beauty, at least in fashion media. This isn’t speculation, it’s quite visible. From ad campaigns to magazine covers and even the runway, more times than not the majority of the models are white. Take for example top Asian editions of fashion magazines and percentage of Asian models on covers in 2016. W Korea, Vogue Japan, and Harper’s Bazaar Japan featured only one Asian model out of twelve total issues. Conversely, Vogue Korea and Numero China didn’t fare much better with only three covers out of twelve featuring Asian models.

For the recent Spring 2017 runway Season, only 7% of all models were Asian according to a diversity report from thefashionspot. Here’s the kicker, Asian consumers are one of the fastest growing fashion markets in the world. According to a report from consulting firm McKinsey, by 2020, 75 percent of all luxury goody sales will be from Chinese consumers, with more than half of that being spent outside of China. Why then don’t we see more top Asian models? Do Asian consumers simply have a preference for traditional Western models or is that just the story being created by the fashion industry?

Despite the obstacles presently facing Asian models, several top Asian models continue to emerge. Keep scrolling below to take a look at 13 top Asian models conquering fashion diversity in style.

Fei Fei Sun

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Top Asian Models: Fei Fei Sun x T Magazine

Fei Fei Sun is an industry veteran and one of the most recognizable asian models. The top model is a certified icon and has worked with the best brands in the industry.

  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Magazine Covers: T Magazine, Vogue China, Vogue Turkey
  • Ad Campaigns: Ralph Lauren, Fenty x Puma, Prada, Chanel Beauty
  • Runway Shows: Chanel, Prada,Rag & Bone, Miu Miu, Proenza Schouler

Fernanda Ly

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Top Asian Models: Fernanda Ly x Vogue Japan

Fernanda Ly is all about personal style. The model and her signature pink hair can be seen on fashion magazine and on runways around the world.

  • Nationality: Chinese (but born in Australia)
  • Magazines Covers: Teen Vogue, Vogue Australia, Vogue Japan, ID, CR Fashion Book
  • Ad Campaigns: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, H&M
  • Runway Shows: Fenty x Puma, Dsquared, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendy, Pringle of Scotland, DKNY

He Cong

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Top Asian Models: He Cong x Madame Figaro

With an undeniable editorial edge, He Cong has caught the attention of top brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Mulberry.

  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Magazine Covers: Figoro, WWD
  • Ad Campaings: Dolce & Gabbana, Fenty x Puma, Benetton
  • Runway Shows: Coach, Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Mulberry, Jill Stuart

Hyun Ji Shin

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Hyun Ji Shin x Vogue Korea

Known for her flawless complexion, Korean model Hyun Ji Shin has already secured a contract with cosmetics giant Bobbi Brown.

  • Nationality: Korean
  • Magazines:  Vogue Korea
  • Ad Campaigns: Bobbi Brown, Benetton, Calvin Klein
  • Runway Shows: Dries Van Noten, Missoni, MSGM, Jil Sander

Jing Wen

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Top Asian Models: Jing Wen x T Magazine

Newcomer Jing Wen is wasting no time climbing up the ranks. The Chinese models has already appeared on multiple magazines covers and has walked in over 234 runway shows.

  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Magazine Covers: Vogue China, LOfficiel Malaysia, Vogue Italia
  • Ad Campaigns: Coach, Calvin Klein, Salvatore Ferragamo
  • Runway Shows: Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Chanel, Valentino, Dior

Liu Wen

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Top Asian Models: Liu Wen x Vogue Australia

Liu Wen is a trailblazer for asian models everywhere. She’s the first model of East Asian descent to walk the Victoria’s Secret runway and has certainly helped to redefine what “sexy” is. The Chinese model was even named the the first ever Asian “New Supermodel” in July 2014.

  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Magazine Covers: Vogue China, Vogue Italia, GQ China, Elle France, Vogue Japan
  • Ad Campaigns: La Perla, Puma, Estee Lauder
  • Runway Shows: Victoria’s Secret, Bottega Venetta, Givenchy, Hermes, Chanel,Gucci

Ming Xi

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Top Asian Models: Ming Xi x 10 Magazine

Ming Xi began her career walking for Givenchy and hasn’t lowered her standard since. The Chinese model is a runway model and is considered to be one of the top supermodels in the world.

  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Magazines Covers: Elle China, Harpers Bazaar Singapore
  • Ad Campaigns: Victoria’s Secret, Kenzo, Sephora, Dior Beauty, Karl Lagerfeld
  • Runway Shows: Victoria’s Secret, Balmain, Dior, Chanel, Maison Margiela

Soo Joo Park

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Top Asian Models: Soo Joo Park x Vogue Korea

Soo Joo Park is one of the most sought after editorial models of the moment. The Korea model has a well rounded portfolio of campaign and runway appearences.

  • Nationality: Korean
  • Magazine Covers: Elle Korea, Harpers Bazaar Korea, L’Officiel Thailand
  • Ad Campaigns: Loreal, Philip Plein, Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Runway Shows: Kenzo, Chanel, DKNY, Jeremy Scott, Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture

Sora Choi

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Top Asian Models: Sora Choi x Numero China

Korean beauty Sara Choi is one of the busiest models of the moment. The model has fronted Numero China and walked the runway for Prada and Gucci.

  • Nationality: Korean
  • Magazines Covers: Vogue Korea, Numero China
  • Ad Campaigns: Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Coach
  • Runway Shows: Coach, Louis Vuitton, Marni, Prada, Gucci

Sui He

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Top Asian Models: Sui He x Madame Figaro China

Chinese model and actress Sui is a versatile beauty. The model has appeared on top magazines and has even been a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Magazine Covers: Madame Figaro, Vogue Thailand,
  • Ad Campaigns: Shiseido, Bloomingdales
  • Runway Shows: Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren

Wangy Xin Yu

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Top Asian Models: Wangy Xin Yu x L’Officiel Singapore

Newcomer Wangy Xin Yu, has skyrocketed into popularity. The Chinese model has worked with fashion heavyweights Alexander McQueen and Calvin Klein.

  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Magazine Covers: Grazia China, T Magazine China, LOfficiel Malaysia
  • Ad Campaigns: Calvin Klein Underwear
  • Runway Shows: Kenzo, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Rick Owens

Xiao Wen Ju

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Top Asian Models: Xiao Wen Ju x Neiman Marcus

Xiao Wen Ju’s unique beauty and bright personality caught the attention of Marc Jacobs making her the first model of east Asian descent to front a campaign. The popular Chinese model is a Runway regular and a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Magazines Covers: Vouge China, Vogue Australia, L’Official Singapore
  • Ad Campaigns: Loreal, Dior, Jimmy Choo
  • Runway Shows: Victoria’s Secret, Jason Wu, Maison Margiela, Chloe, Opening Cermony

Yue Han

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Top Asian Models: Yue Han

Fresh face newcomer Yue Han is showing serious promise. The Chinese model has already appeared on the cover of industry leading WWD magazine. Yue Han is also a catwalk favorite, having appeared in shows for the likes of Hermes and Marchesa.

  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Magazine Covers: WWD
  • Ad Campaigns: Shanghai Tai, Juicy Couture
  • Runway Shows: Miu Miu, Hermes, Balmain, Marchesa