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Top Models in Asia That Are Global Stars

Chinese model Liu Wen

Asia is the next stop in the fashion bandwagon, as they say. Its influence in the fashion industry has reached unprecedented levels and will only keep growing with time. Many models have emerged from the continent and become some of the most prominent models globally. A good number of them have signed up with top-notch international modelling agencies, walked prestigious fashion shows in and outside Asia, and have been extensively covered in media. Today, we are going to learn a bit about these models.

In this article, there are 5 Asian models you must know about. Note that we are not going to restrict to female models here. With this, let us take a look at whom we have got here.

  1. Liu Wen
    One of the most successful models to have come out of China, Liu Wen is a force to reckon with. Hailed as the country’s first supermodel, she has achieved many feats throughout her modeling career: from being the first East Asian model to walk for the coveted Victoria’s Secret to be the first Asian model to find a place among Forbes’ highest-paid models in the world. She is currently managed by a New York-based agency called The Society Management. Many international magazines have roped her in for high-end photoshoots such as Harper’s Bazaar. Her long list of associations with fashion designers includes Lane Crawford, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, and Converse.
    Liu Wen
  2. Godfrey Gao
    We may not have Godfrey Gao with us anymore, but his place in the Global fashion industry will remain inviolable. Born in Taiwan, Godfrey Gao went on to become Asia’s first male supermodel. However, his career improved in leaps and bounds when he became the first Asian ambassador for the international brand, Louis Vuitton. Soon after, he could be seen all over in media, from magazines to reality shows. He also made his debut in the film industry soon after he started modelling in Taiwan. In the year 2013, he made his official Hollywood debut as Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. He is, however, best known for his role in The Jade pendant for which he received 2 Golden Angel Awards.
  3. Tao Okamoto
    Known as Tao in the modelling world, Tao Okamoto is a celebrated Japanese model who is best known for her association with the fashion powerhouse, Ralph Lauren. In her 14-year long modelling career, she has worked with a galaxy of fashion designers such as Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce & Gabbana. Aside from her illustrious modelling career, she is also making inroads into Hollywood and has been part of many famous movies such as The Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Hannibal.
    Tao Okamoto
  4. Sung Jin Park
    Sung Jin Park is a popular South Korean model known for his esteemed associations with many reputed modelling agencies such as Modelwerk Hamburg, Nomad Management Miami Beach, I Love Models Management Milan and Premium Models Paris.  Many fashion designers have roped him in for walking their fashion shows such as Diesel, Loewe, Tim Coppens, John Galliano, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Neil Barrett, and Hugo Boss. Magazines such as V Magazine, Vogue, Nylon Guys, Elle Men, GQ Taiwan, and Dazed magazine have signed him up for photo-shoots. In addition to magazine shoots, he has also done ad campaigns for brands such as Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, H&M, Calvin Klein, and Bottega Veneta. He is the only highest-rated Korean model on models.com.
  5. Xiao Wen Ju
    Another Chinese model who has created ripples in the international modelling industry. In the year 2010, she modelled for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar China, and this was her breakthrough. In her decade-long career, she has worked with critically acclaimed brands such as Calvin Klein, Hermes, Prada, Theirry Mugler, and Shiatzy Chen. Besides, she has shot many advertisement campaigns for brands such as Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, and Adidas. Her ramp walk at the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris, made her the 5th Chinese model to do so. One can estimate her global presence and influence by the fact that she has been listed as one of the Industry Icons on models.com.
    Xiao Wen Ju

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