Liu Wen in xoJane.
Liu Wen in Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011.
Liu Wen’s modeling career really skyrocketed last year when she signed with Estee Lauder and became the first East Asian model to ever walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but her success doesn’t stop there. With the most booked shows for the recent New York Fashion Week, you know we had to include Liu Wen in our Best of 2011 models. Appearing in magazines everywhere from West East Magazine (Hong Kong), Vogue (US, Spain, Italia), Elle (China), The Room (Hungary) and Telegraph Magazine (UK), she truly is one of the top supermodels of the world.
Despite looking super fierce on the runway and in photos, Ming Xi is actually a major sweetheart. Watch an interview of her here and you’ll see she actually went to school for fashion design! She has shot for Vogue China for more than five times this year alone for editorials and covers as well as for V Magazine three times. The Chinese beauty has also appeared in ads for Diane von Furstenberg and Bergdorf Goodman.
Following the success of her Maybelline contract, Shu Pei has been busy shooting with Vera Wang, Esprit and Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld. She has walked the shows of Diesel Gold, Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta to name a few. In terms of editorial work this year, she has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar (Singapore), Vogue US, Vogue Korea, Vogue China, V Magazine and more.
Sui He is one of the rising models of this year. Though she may not have booked as many shows as the other models mentioned here for the recent NYFW, she did walk the Victoria’s Secret 2011 Fashion Show, making her the second model after Liu Wen to appear in one of the most hyped fashion shows every year. She has been featured in ad campaigns of Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom, Brunello Cucinelli as well as H&M.
Sun Fei Fei
Sun Fei Fei is one of the most sought-out Asian models for the runway. Her distinctive and high-fashion look has gotten her into the pages of many different versions of Vogue this year: China, Paris, US, Korea, UK and Nippon. In terms of advertising campaigns, she has shot for Louis Vuitton, DKNY Be Delicious, Barney’s New York and ck one.
Wang Xiao is another rising model of the year, making appearances in magazines worldwide from Harper’s Bazaar Russia and British 10 Magazine to Vogue China and South China Morning Post Style Magazine (Hong Kong). She has also modeled for ck one and Uniqlo. She wears a signature boyish bowl cut that reminds me of Tao Okamoto.