“Alpha Girls” Creates Visibility

Guests gathered at the Greystone Manor in West Hollywood last Wednesday night, Feb. 26, for the launch party of a new reality show featuring successful Asian American women called “Alpha Girls.”

Produced by Mnet America, “Alpha Girls” is a weekly web series following the lives of four Asian American women, each of whom have risen to the tops of their careers. Cast members include fashion model Soo Joo Park, graphic artist Mina Kwon, fashion designer Lanie Alabanza-Barcena and DJ and producer Jennifer Lee, aka TOKiMONSTA.

Guests sipped on cocktails and munched on h’orderves while watching the premiere of the reality show, which runs 23 minutes long and focuses on both the exciting opportunities and personal drama in the Alpha Girls’ everyday lives. In the first episode, Alabanza-Barcena struggles to balance getting her line ready and planning a friend’s bachelorette party, TOKiMONSTA flies to Korea to perform for the first time, Kwon flies to America in search of inspiration and Soo Joo tries to overcome an ankle injury in time for New York Fashion Week. The premiere season also includes cameos from celebrities like Skrillex, Pharrell and Swizz Beats.

“At first I was kind of scared of strangers interfering in my life,” Alabanza-Barcena, the founder and creative director of urban streetwear brand Hellz Bellz, said on her experience of being filmed for the reality series. “But I think this is important. Girls can watch our show and learn to speak their minds, and be motivated to be their own boss.”

Mnet America producers Daniel DPD Park and Danny Park created “Alpha Girls” to promote Asian American visibility in the media, as well as to show American audiences that Asian Americans are capable of succeeding in careers that have nothing to do with being a doctor or scientist. “Alpha Girls” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on youtube.com/MnetAmerica.

An Original Series All About Asian Girls!?

That’s right! Our wishes of seeing more Asian women in the media have been answered. Sure there’s Lucy Liu on Elementary, Brenda Song on Dads and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons on Modern Family, but it’s not very typical to see english-speaking shows focus entirely on Asian women. Mnet has hopes to change that.

Mnet America, the first and leading national television network centered on Asians, is releasing a new original series Alpha Girls. The show, which will debut on February 26 at 8pm ET/PT, follows the lives of successful Asian women and the struggles they have to endure to reach success. And don’t worry, the series also shows all the personal drama we love tuning into.

The premiere season of Alpha Girls follows TOKiMONSTA (DJ/ producer), Mina Kwon (artist, illustrator, graphic designer), Lanie Alabanza-Barcena (founder and lead designer of Hellz Bellz) and Soo Joo Park (fashion model).

TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee)
TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee)

TOKiMONSTA is a Korean American  electronic music producer, recording artist, and DJ. She has been ranked LA Weekly’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles, has two albums released and is currently signed to Ultra Records.

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Mina Kwon is a Korean artist, illustrator and graphic designer known for her distinctive aesthetic and fresh look at modern day Hip Hop and street culture. Currently, she travels internationally to design album covers for Chris Brown, Sean Kingston, Soulja Boy, Swizz Beats and other big names.


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Soo Joo Park
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Soo Joo Park is a force to be reckoned with on the fashion runway. Her resume includes top names like Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli, Emporio Armani, Ter Et Bantine, Osklen, Alexis Mabille, Vivienne Westwood.


Lanie Alabanza-Barcena 
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In 2005, Lanie Alabanza-Barcena launched her own clothing line called Hellz Bellz. Based in Los Angeles, Lanie’s company has expanded, gained popularity and has collaborated with names such as Stussy, Vans, Nooka, Reebok, Sanrio Japan and G-Shock.


New episodes of Alpha Girls will air weekly on Wednesdays on Mnet America over eight episodes. The series will also be available online through www.mnetamerica.com and Mnet America’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/mnetamerica.  More information on the show can be found at www.alphagirlstv.com.