Who are the Cole Mohrs (hip and happenin’), Baptiste Giabiconis (pretty boy muses), and even Fabios (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butterface) of the Asian male modeling industry? I know this perturbing question taps into the taboos of Western media, but trust me, there are quite a few, albeit rarely seen, who fall under each category. Here is a guide to some of the hottest Asian faces in the male modeling industry. You can thank me later.
Godfrey Gao has his unique screen name and title of first Asian spokesperson for Louis Vuitton under his belt. The Taiwanese-Malaysian Canadian model was initially an actor, but just you wait and see which campaigns he will appear in next.
Paolo Roldan’s fame catapulted after his nude spread in Vogue Paris. More exposure for full exposure! He also appeared in the Givenchy Fall 2010 ad campain among the androgynous Lea T, and he closed the Givenchy runway show the very same year. The Filipino Canadian is represented by Boss New York.
Daniel Liu gives rise to the boy-next-door image, but after being signed onto Ford Models, the Taiwanese American has been featured in Target and Uniqlo campaigns. His cheekbones give him a very angular look, for which he could pass as Ai Tominaga’s brother.
Philip Huang has a nose that everybody knows. The California-born Taiwanese American has been featured in Kenzo, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lord and Taylor campaigns. Even though he’s considered shorter than the average male model at 6 feet, he has walked for the likes of Dries van Noten, Valentino, and Gucci under DNA Models.
Brent Chua is a spunky Filipino Chinese model, arguably one of the first Asian male supermodels. Represented by Ford Models, he has appeared in campaigns such as Benetton, Motorola, and Macy’s. He has walked for Versace, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Gucci, and Boss.