Get To Know Korean Model Jang Yoon-Ju

 

Korean model Jang Yoon-Ju, known for her god gifted body and unique face, is not only one skilled and confident model, she’s also been active within the media. Jang has taken part in movies, music albums and videos and even tried her hands in books. Though she was already a well-known model, she regained the spotlight earlier this year when she was virtually married to Noh Hong-Chul on a Korean television entertainment program, Infinite Challenge.

Though Jang’s body is the subject of admiration today, it used to be a disgrace to her during her childhood. As a kid, Jang was teased by her peers for her height and skinny body, but her middle school math teacher, who saw Jang’s potential in the modeling industry, told Jang that her long legs and beautiful Asian facial features will make her an outstanding candidate as a model. Since then, her classmates started calling her a “model.”

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In 1997, Jang made her debut in the Seoul Fashion Artists Association (SFAA) collection and made her first appearance on the runway. At that time, the fashion industry was alternating into a new paradigm called “orientalism” and shifted its focus more towards Asian models. Of course, all eyes were on Jang.

Since then, Jang advanced her modeling career in many ways. She also experienced countless failures along the way, but the process enabled her to understand her identity and grow as a model.

Today, Jang is the host for Korea’s Next Top Model as well as the DJ for her own radio program, Rooftop Radio. Clearly, she’s not the average model and there’s no single way to define her.

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Adorable 101-Year-Old Man Just Became A Model

 

Don’t get the wrong idea about what sort of modeling career 101-year-old Kaoru Nozaki has. He’s definitely not flaunting this season’s menswear down the runway. Instead, his modeling career began when he had photographs taken showing what he loves to do most: Drink coffee.

Nozaki was well-known in his Japanese hometown. The kind man could always be found at the coffee shop (and we mean he was always at the coffee shop). Apparently, he looked so natural and calm while drinking his beverages that he piqued the interest of a gallery that happened to be running a “Coffee Cup Museum” exhibit.

The exhibit featured coffee cups from all over the world as well as an array of photos showing coffee drinkers like Nozaki. Dramafever reports Nozaki’s local community has been supportive and positive about his adorable modeling experience.

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Take a Closer Look At Liu Wen, Fifth Highest Paid Model in The World

 

If you’ve been following fashion, you probably already know that Liu Wen (nicknamed 小蚊子, or “little mosquito”) is kind of a big deal in the fashion world. The 26-year-old Elite model is currently making $4.3 million a year and is expected to create an even bigger name for herself in the next few years. In addition to being ranked as one of the online men’s magazine Askmen’s hottest women of 2012 (22 hottest out of 100), she’s also the first Asian model to ever walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

 

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What you probably didn’t know was that, unlike most models, Liu Wen didn’t start out her career in hopes of becoming the giant star that she is now. In fact, in the summer of 2005, Liu Wen entered the Elite Model Look contest with the goal of winning a computer, of all things — not with the burning desire to grace the cover of Marie Claire magazine like the other contestants. As the daughter of a lowly construction worker, Liu Wen never dreamed of walking on runways; she always thought she wanted to be a tour guide.

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As it turns out, introducing famous landmarks to tourists is not what the gods had in store for Liu Wen. Much to her surprise, she ended up winning the Elite Model Look contest, and during one of the fittings for the Marie Claire shoot, creative director Joseph Carle was immediately captivated by her look. At the age of 18, she followed Carle to Europe, and her life was changed forever. She has walked for every major fashion designer, including Dior, Gucci, Prada, Celine and YSL, has appeared in fashion magazines around the world, is featured in ad campaigns from Tiffany’s to H&M, La Perla to Coach, and is the first Asian spokesmodel for mega cosmetics brand Estée Lauder.

 

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But the Yong-Zhou native doesn’t just sit around waiting for her next runway walk or photo shoot; in her spare time, Liu Wen enjoys writing in her blog and fooling around with photography and making videos.

Unlike some celebrities who feel pressured when their pictures are constantly being taken on the streets, Liu Wen has said in an interview that she embraces it, and we can definitely see why. While we love seeing her glammed up in high-end ad campaigns and editorials, we love even more her great sense of street style and adorably warm smile (those dimples!).

 

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Fall In Love With Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

If you don’t know who Kiko Mizuhara is, you’re definitely missing out on one of Japan’s cutest and most lovable celebs.

23-year-old Mizuhara was born in Dallas, Texas to an American father and a Korean mother. At the age of one, the family moved to Japan where Mizuhara spent her childhood. By the age of 13, Mizuhara discovered her love for modeling and in 2003, she auditioned for the Japanese edition of Seventeen.

Clearly, the modeling world loved her right back. She became an exclusive model for Seventeen and then for fashion magazine ViVi. In addition to modeling, Mizuhara has acted in a number of films and a few television shows.

So what’s so special about this girl? Take even a brief glimpse at Mizuhara and you can feel something special about her. Her cuteness is so radiant that Buzzfeed has named her the “Zooey Deschanel of Asia.”

Check out some of our favorite photos and gifs of the model. You’ll be sure to have fallen in love with her by the end of this.

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The Daily SHAG: Sen Mitsuji

Today’s eye candy is none other than Sen Mitsuji! This gorgeous half Australian, half Japanese man was born on the 26th of November 1987. He is currently signed on to three different agencies: Be Natural – Tokyo, Bananas- Paris, and Ford – New York.

Aside from being a model, he is also a photographer and director. His work can be seen on his tumblr and his official website, This is Sen.

Not much is known about the mysterious and alluring model, but his work shows a definite appreciation for art, dance, and beauty. One of his films, Ange, highlights interpretive dancing. Another film, Pat & Kikka, shows a man chasing his love before it’s too late. Whatever the theme may be, Sen shows a mastery of style in his work.

And of course, Sen’s main talent is being in front of the camera. With protruding lips and eyes that stare deeply into the camera, it’s no wonder he’s caught so much attention! Check out some of his photos below.

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Tao Okamoto’s Hollywood Debut in “The Wolverine”

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She’s walked on more runways than she can count, has had an issue of Japanese Vogue dedicated to her and her bowl haircut inspired fashion designer Phillip Lim to imitate the style on the whole cast of his fall/winter 2009 show. To say that Tao Okamoto has made achievements in the fashion world is an understatement. Now, the Japanese supermodel, who has won honors such as “Model of the Year” from the Japan Fashion Editor’s Club and one of Japanese Vogue’s “Women of the Year,” has moved on to the entertainment industry to tackle another profession: acting.

Okamoto made her Hollywood acting debut in this summer’s Marvel blockbuster The Wolverine, costarring alongside the Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman. Directed by 3:10 to Yuma’s James Mangold, the X-Men sequel, which is set to be released in Digital HD  November 19 and released on DVD and Blu-ray December 3, follows the hero to Japan for the first time since World War II where he encounters a new set of mutants and villains. While in Japan, he meets and falls for Okamoto’s Mariko Yashida, the granddaughter of Wolverine’s old friend whom he saved during the war.

It’s no coincidence that Okamoto’s first film has her costarring with Jackman. “My Japanese agent told me about the audition and I almost refused; I’ve never acted,” Okamoto recalls. “But then when I was told that the role would be Hugh Jackman’s love interest, I said yes right away!”

Okamoto has always cited Jackman as one of her celebrity crushes, so when she received the news that she had landed the role of Mariko while in her New York apartment, “I was so happy and honored, then I was worried. I didn’t know what to expect from my first acting role.”

But the model had a large support system. Okamoto had reassuring talks with Mangold and Jackman became a mentor to her as soon as the two met. In between takes and while on set, Jackman would give her helpful acting tips he’d learned over the years. She even got to work with Rila Fukushima, another model-turned-actress that Okamoto had known for 10 years in the fashion world but never had the chance to get to know.

 

More than anything, Okamoto found that acting wasn’t so different from modeling. “The reason why I love modeling is because I love transforming myself. I enjoy dressing up as someone else and immersing myself. Acting allows me to do that even more because now I can use my voice and movements to immerse myself even more in the role.”

Is she going to pursue acting full-time? Maybe, but not now. Okamoto plans to continue balancing her runway shows with scene-rehearsing. In the future, she hopes to act in serious dramas or musicals (yes, she can sing, too). She’s graced the pages of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue as a model already; maybe next time, she’ll be one of the featured actresses.

 

Priyanka Chopra Makes History As First Indian ‘Guess Girl’

Priyanka Chopra has continuously made it on our list of the World’s 15 Most Followed Asian Female Celebrities on Twitter. One look at this gorgeous woman and you’ll completely understand why she is adored by fans worldwide.

Chopra, the 31-year-old Bollywood star and former Miss World adds yet another amazing accomplishment to her name. The stunning beauty was hand-selected by Paul Marciano, Guess’ president, to be the new Guess Girl. This would make Chopra the first Indian Guess Girl. In an industry criticized for its lack of diversity, this is huge news.

“I’m like their first brown model,” Chopra tells Women’s Wear Daily. “For a global fashion brand, for them to move their campaign into a global space, for me it’s an honor.”

“Being the next Guess girl was something that I would have never thought of, but when I met Paul [Marciano], he was like, ‘You’re it. It has to be you.’” she adds.

The new Guess campaign will premiere in the December issues of Harper’s BazaarNylon,PaperMarie ClareElle, and WSJ Magazine. 

As we mentioned previously, this is simply adding onto her list of already impressive achievements. For instance, Chopra became the youngest person to ever win Miss World at the age of 17. She has starred in some of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time, has an album releasing soon, was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child’s Rights in 2010 and wrote for the Times of India. 

Clearly, Chopra is a force to be reckoned with. We can only hope that Chopra continues to shape the face of this industry.

 

New York Fashion Week: Less Than 10% Asian Models

With New York Fashion Week behind us, Jezebel decided to conduct a study on the diversity of the models, or lack thereof, who walked down the runway at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014.

In previous years, people have commented on the lack of representation of models of color. In fact, the Fall/Winter 2013 collections were subject to heavy criticism due to an alarming number of companies — Araks, Assembly, Belstaff, Calvin Klein, Elizabeth & James, Gregory Parkinson, J Brand, Jenni Kayne, Juicy Couture, Louise Goldin, Lyn Devon, Threeasfour, and Whit — 13 in all, that featured only white models.

So naturally, we were eager to see what would happen this past Fashion Week. Companies had to try and remedy this diversity gap, right? And there were nearly 5,000 looks. That’s plenty of opportunity for models of color to take on the runway.

The results? Almost 80 percent of those 5,000 looks were modeled by white women, a number that has pretty much remained static since 2008.

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This is not to say that all designers completely ignored the criticism of previous years. Anna Sui, Pamella Roland, Jeremy Scott, Dennis Basso, Vivienne Tam, KaufmanFranco, Rachel Comey, Alice + Olivia, Ohne Titel, Tracy Reese, Thom Brown, Diane von Furstenberg and Zac Posen are on the list of designers who featured at least 30 percent models of color. While this number may still seem rather low, it is unfortunately the best we’ve got.

Many of the designers who were critiqued for having no models of color tried to remedy this by adding three to five non-white models. (We know. We’re rolling our eyes, too.)

Some designers tried to trick the crowd and give the illusion of a more diverse set of models. While this season seemed to be more diverse, the same models of color were being booked and were simply walking the runway multiple times.

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From left: Liu Wen at Jason Wu; Ji Hye Park at Nicole Miller; Tian Yi at Monique Lhuillier; Yumi Lambert at Y-3.

The Asian models above prove this. Tian Yi walked 15, Yumi Lambert was seen in at least 13 and Ji Hye Park and Liu Wen walked 12 shows. Rather than book a variety of models of color, companies relied on the same faces.

Somali supermodel Iman Abdulmajid was part of the crowd watching this season’s New York Fashion Week and noticed the lack of diversity on the runway.

“I’ve always said runways and photos are important to shape our young girls,” Abdulmajid said in an interview last week. “To see models of color on the runway is important to the self-esteem of our young girls. To see otherwise makes them feel like they can be in or out.”

We can only cross our fingers that those in power in the fashion industry also begin to understand the importance of diversity on the runways.

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Asians in Fashion | Model Amber Chia Stays Glam with Asian Grandmothers in Esquire Malaysia

Every once in a while, I appreciate the quirky fashion editorials from the magazine world. This recent editorial featuring Amber Chia and three lovely older ladies brought out a chuckle in me because it brought a whole new meaning to the term – Girls’ Night Out. Snacking on some late night munchies? Mahjong? Amber Chia being the designated driver for the entire night? My kind of fun.

Check out the rest of the editorial below!

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Summer 2013 | Pop-arrazi: Rila Fukushima

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“THE MODEL-TURNED-ACTRESS DISHES ON WORKING WITH HUGH JACKMAN IN THE WOLVERINE.”

 

On the last day of production of the highly anticipated film from Marvel Studios, The Wolverine, director James Mangold tweeted some black and white photos he took of “three people I adore”: Hugh Jackman, who plays the title character; the Japanese model Tao Okamoto, who plays Logan’s love interest Mariko; and the elfin beauty Rila Fukushima.

Herself a former model who first gained international attention when she appeared in the D&G spring/summer 2004 campaign, Fukushima hasn’t just won over one of Hollywood’s top directors. She’s just signed with ICM Partners, one of the world’s largest talent agencies. “There are so many roles I’d like to try,” says the Tokyo-born actress, now based in Los Angeles. “I love a good challenge, and I look for roles that speak to me somehow.”

In her big screen debut, out in theaters July 26, Fukushima found plenty of challenges in Yukio, the ninja character who first appeared in the original 1982 comic book, tasked by Wolverine’s nemesis to find the mutant. “The role required intense training in a variety of martial arts styles and tech- niques, from sword fighting to bo staff,” says Fukushima, who is fluent in English. “I think the biggest challenge was the physicality of the role. Long days of martial arts and stunts were really hard. It was both incredibly rewarding and humbling to go through it. I definitely learned a lot of things about myself.”

After all, Fukushima isn’t your typical martial arts actress. Raised in Tokyo, she graduated college with a degree in English literature. While working at an advertising agency, she met an agent who encouraged her to give modeling a try. “I am not sure exactly what my first job modeling was; it was so long ago,” says Fukushima, who has been modeling for at least a decade. “But I remember that it was for one of the magazines that I would regularly buy. So one day, I got to pick up an issue, and I saw myself in it. It was such a sur- real experience, seeing the pages I had worked on in a magazine that only a few months before I was just a reader of. It took a while to get used to that feeling.”

Since then, Fukushima’s appeared in everything from Elle to V Magazine to Vogue Japan, and has done campaigns for Vera Wang, Gap, Calvin Klein CK One and Kenneth Cole Reaction. And as a model, she had occasion to work with now-co-star Okamoto. “It was a lot of fun to get to work with Tao,” says Fukushima. “She is a very talented ac- tress, and I had an amazing time work- ing through the script and spending time together with her while shooting the film.”

It seems there was a lot of bonding on set, from director to co-stars to crew. (The film features a number of Japanese actors, including Hiroyuki Sanada, as well as Asian American actors Will Yun Lee and Brian Tee.) “We had a great time every day,” Fukushima recalls. But there was one moment she particularly relished.

“One of my best memories was seeing Hugh with his shirt off for the first time,” she says. “I’m not sure if my reaction will make it into the film, but I must have looked really surprised. It was like looking at a Greek god.”

WHAT WERE YOU DOING 10 YEARS AGO?
“In 2003, I was still living and working in Tokyo. The summer was probably really hot and muggy, as it always is in Tokyo, and I was just a few months away from getting to go to New York.” -Rila Fukushima