Top 10 Asian Models in the World
From strutting their stuff on international catwalks to being featured on the covers of some of the world’s best fashion magazines, the life of a supermodel is at once glamorous and competitive. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s top Asian models in the industry right now.
1. Chiharu Okunugi
This stunning woman with a simple, fresh-faced appeal hails from Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Since starting in the industry while still a student, Chiharu has appeared in many fashion advertorials and walked for a ton of luxury design houses. This is one face to watch out for.
2. Ming Xi (Xi Mengyao)
With her startling doe-like eyes, one look at this exquisite beauty and you know why she is a supermodel. Ming Xi was a top model in the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She has also walked in many shows and been featured in many of the top fashion magazines.
3. Zhao Lei (赵磊)
As one of the world’s top Asian models who are male, Zhao Lei has had an illustrious career modeling for publications such as GQ and Harper’s Bazaar.
4. Du Juan
This classic beauty has been featured in some pretty high-profile international shows, but she has successfully made the transition into acting life, being highly sought after in regard to roles in Hong Kong cinema.
5. Liu Wen
This gorgeous woman has achieved many firsts in her career. Liu Wen was the first Asian woman to earn enough to put her on the Forbes list, as well as the first to become a brand ambassador for several international cosmetics lines.
6. Margaret Zhang
With a unique look and sense of style, is it any wonder this model also gets hired to tell other people what to wear? Margaret Zhang is a cutting-edge stylist who is also making her first foray into the world of design.
7. Shu Pei
She may come from China, but this woman with exotic features began her career in New York while attending university. She has been a featured model in the Victoria’s Secret Show several times and has shot countless editorials for fashion magazines like Vogue Paris.
8. Fei Fei Sun
With her pixie-like features and unique sense of style, Fei Fei Sun has taken the modeling world by storm. Her cover photo for Vogue Italia was the first to feature an Asian model.
9. Godfrey Gao
This Taiwanese cover boy not only broke ground by being the first Asian supermodel, but he is now an in-demand actor. Godfrey’s much-anticipated campaign with Louis Vuitton is set to catapult his career to new heights.
10. Xiao Wen Ju
For one so young, Xiao Wen Ju sure has accomplished a lot. From memorable strolls down the catwalk for illustrious brands such as Lanvin or Prada, to editorials featuring couture by Louis Vuitton, Xiao Wen Ju is poised to be on top of the modeling world.
11. Soo Joo Park
I know what you’re thinking, we said Top 10, but how can we leave off this multi-talented Asian American model and DJ? Soo Joo Park is well known for her work as a L’Oréal spokesmodel and has strutted the runway for top fashion houses including Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Rick Owens, Lanvin, and LOEWE to name a few.
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Originally published on NYSG, August 11, 2020, and updated for the latest content and accuracy
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