Asia Major – five asian models to watch

With the recent ‘Asia Major’ story in the December issue of American Vogue, the spotlight has turned to the rising status of Asian models especially from countries like China, Japan and South Korea. Over the past few years, models like Liu Wen and Tao Okamoto have grown to become supermodels with beauty contracts and solo Vogue covers. We are predicting these five faces to be the next wave of asian models to enter the international fashion scene.

So Young Kang (Marilyn New York) made people take notice when she debuted at Chanel Couture’s Fall/Winter 2010/2011 runway show. The 5ft11 South Korean has since walked for the iconic French house again during the ready-to-wear show season and also took part in the CK Calvin Klein presentation recently in New York.

Miao Bin Si (Wilhelmina New York) is featured in the GUESS Fall/Winter 2010/2011 accessories campaign photographed by Yu Tsai. She has also been photographed for an editorial in Interview magazine by Sebastian Kim.

Lee Hye Jung (MC2 New York) walked for Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton in her debut season and back home, she has an impressive editorial list with spreads in Vogue Korea, W Korea, Allure Korea and many other major titles.

Grace Gao has a great presence in the new magazine Numero China, appearing on the cover of the second ever issue and starred in two editorials so far, but she has yet to appear on international runways.

Lili Ji (One Management/Elite Paris) caught people’s attention when she walked in two major shows in Paris – Celine and McQueen – as the only asian. Lili also starred in a Prada mens campaign by director Yang Fu Dong.

[images:, asianmodelsblog, thefashionspot]

  • asyraf

    I could be mistaken, but I think there are 2 Lily Zhi in the industry. One is the one you highlighted, and the other one is signed with IMG Development NY. And they both look completely different. However, there’s no thread of Lily Ji on tfs, and there’s one of Lily Zhi from IMG, and people have identified IMG Lily as American Vogue Lily, and that leaves me feeling confused…

    But, So Young Kang deserves so much more. Love her look:)

  • asyraf

    ^Ooops, found Lili Ji’s thread. Is she really the one that appeared on US Vogue. I think she goes by Lili Ji, so the most logical explanation i could think of is that Lily Zhi of IMG is the one in the Asia Major editorial.

  • Laila Lu

    thanks for the correction – I got the names mixed up, but I am pretty sure the Lili in the Prada Spring 2010 mens campaign and in the McQueen and Celine show is Lili Ji, she is listed under One Managament in, confusing indeed.