Swoon-Worthy Photos of Daniel Henney in Elle Korea February

Saying that we love Daniel Henney may be a bit of an understatement. After all, Henney was featured as our Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) three different times. Once when he was on the cover of Elle Korea in October, again when he was on the cover of KoreAm Journal and a third time for his swoon-worthy photoshoot video.

Although it may look like we’re obsessed with the guy, we’re simply showing our readers what they want to see. After all, our readers liked Henney so much that he made it onto our list of the Top 5 SHAGS of 2013.

Oh who are we kidding? We may be a little obsessed.

It’s hard not to be after seeing the following photo spread for Elle Korea February 2014. Henney poses alongside Kim Soo Hyun. The two acted together in the Korean drama Fugitive: Plan B

We won’t waste your time any longer. Here are the pictures you’ve been waiting for.

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The Daily SHAG: Mario Maurer

If there’s anyone that has the right to be called a SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy), that would have to be Mario Maurer.

This 25-year-old Thai German actor and model is actually of Chinese and German decent. At the age of 16, Maurer began his modeling career, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he was thrown into fame with his lead role in The Love of Siam. The film received critical acclaim and dominated in Thailand’s 2007 film awards season. Maurer’s portrayal of the character Tong gained him the Best Actor award in Southeast Asian film category at the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival, Best Actor Award for the Starpics Awards and a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the Asian Film Awards at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Maurer is also known for his roles in First Love and as the lead role in Thailand’s highest grossing film of all time, Pee Mak, which has earned more than $33 million in revenue worldwide.

The Thai actor has also been gaining quite a bit of popularity in the Philippines for his role in the 2012 Filipino Thai romantic comedy romantic film, Suddenly It’s Magic. In an interview with Philippine Inquirer, Maurer discussed his good experience working in the Philippines.

“There are not many differences, except… in Thailand, it’s easier for me to get acquainted with coworkers. When I did “Suddenly,” I had to use my second language (English). But the Filipinos never let me feel I was from a different place. I was happy to work with them,” he remarked. When asked if he would consider working there again, Maurer replied, “Yes, of course. If I find time, I’ll come back-no problem. But first I want to speak better Filipino. It’s a very cute language.”

Polite, hardworking AND attractive? Mario Maurer clearly deserves to be our Daily SHAG.

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Check out our most popular SHAGs of 2013 here!

Top 5 SHAGs (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) of 2013

Now some of you may be wondering why we have the SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) series to begin with. Before you incorrectly judge, let us clarify a few things. This series was not created simply because we want to oggle at attractive men and base their worth on their looks. That would be far from our purpose.

This series was created because over the years we’ve recognized something very unfortunate. As Asians, we’ve been plagued by a number of negative and incorrect stereotypes. Sure, we’ve been able to fight off some of these myths, but many of these stereotypes still continue strongly today. One of the most widely known? A stereotype against Asian men.

Asian men, for some unknown reason, have been labeled as unattractive here in America. 

Of course, mainstream media is largely responsible for this. Too many times have we seen Asian males stereotyped as short, skinny, nerdy, awkward and unappealing in the public eye. Too many times have we heard that Asian girls can “date any race they want” while poor Asian men are left empty-handed.

Just look at the social media shots fired at New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde concerning her “scrawny Asian boyfriend.” With such a high number of racist stereotypes thrown at him, we really begin to see just how mainstream media has depicted Asian men.

Of course, we know better. Asian men can be just as attractive, sexy and appealing as any other. This series was created to counter the very incorrect stereotype Asian men have been facing for years. Whether its their looks, talent, sense of fashion or even intelligence, these men have proven themselves as desirable.

In honor of the new year, we look back on the most popular SHAGs thus far. We present to you the Top 5 SHAGs (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) of 2013.


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1) XIAN LIM 
“Who is Xian Lim you may ask? He’s only one of the hottest and most admired stars in Philippine showbiz. This Chinese Filipino actor, model and singer has received several awards and has been featured in a variety of films and television shows…”


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2) LEE BYUNG-HUN
“It’s no secret that I love Lee Byung-hun. And it’s also no secret that I want you to love him too. I came across this workout/training video of the South Korean actor recently – and heavens, it was just too special to not devote a entire post of screen caps to share with our S.H.A.G. fans (Audrey readers)…”


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3) JAY PARK
“Men’s Health Korea never fails to brighten up my month –every month. Kpop star Jay Park is this month’s cover boy and like all given cover boys of the past, he gives the world (um, fangirls) a look at his glorious abs and his tattoos…”


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4) DANIEL HENNEY
“It’s rare to feel the need to swoon, sigh, giggle (yes, the term “giggle” is actually appropriate here) and blush all at the same time. If you thought this overwhelm of emotions was impossible, then you clearly haven’t seen the latest photoshoot from today’s Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy), Daniel Henney.”

 


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5) SONG SEUNG-HEON
“Our latest S.H.A.G. (SMOKING HOT ASIAN GUY!) is none other than South Korean heartthrob, Song Seung-heon. Song Seung-heon is returning to kdrama-land with the MBC meloadrama When a Man Loves on April 3rd! While we don’t know how much of his abs will appear in this upcoming drama, but we can give you this picture for now to hold you over…”

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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The Daily SHAG: Nicholas Saputra

Today’s SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) is none other than Indonesian actor, Nicholas Saputra. One of the most well-known names in Indonesian showbiz today, the Jakarta-born 29-year-old of German and Indonesian descent first garnered attention with his role in the 2002 film, Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? (What Happened with Love?), skyrocketing the then-teenage Saputra into stardom. While he could have gone down the glitzy road of many of his fellow teen idols, Saputra has remained low-key and in the process has become a highly respected actor, starring in internationally recognized films such as Postcard from the Zoo (shown at The Berlin International Film Festival), Janji Joni, (Joni’s Promise), shown at the Sydney Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival, and What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (nominated for the World Cinematic Drama award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival).

Not only does Saputra have acting chops, but he’s also proven he’s got smarts in the classroom, graduating with a degree in architecture from the University of Indonesia. “Nico” (his nickname) is also an avid traveler (just take a look at his Instagram!); for him, traveling is a way to become more “open-minded,” while also offering him an opportunity for some much-needed and well-deserved privacy.

Handsome, smart and filled with wanderlust? It’s hard not to see why Saputra inspires the lust in us.

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The Daily SHAG | XIAN LIM

Who is Xian Lim you may ask? He’s only one of the hottest and most admired stars in Philippine showbiz. This Chinese Filipino actor, model and singer has received several awards and has been featured in a variety of films and television shows. His most recent film role was Alex in Star Cinema’s Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? where he acted alongside real-life girlfriend, Kim Chiu. He has earned his rightful spot as today’s Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) and you’ll find out why below.
He looks absolutely stunning in any photo shoot he does.
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His smile is just mesmerizing.
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He’s even more adorable when holding a puppy.
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He’s fit and athletic. (He was a varsity basketball player while attending the University of the East).
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He has a smokin’ body. Enough said. tumblr_mr9qdr3jyW1s77auro1_500.
And if these GIFS don’t win you over, then I’m not sure what will.
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Haikus With Hotties: Godfrey Gao

When contributing editor Ada Tseng suggested exchanging poetry with Smoking Hot Asian Guys (SHAGs), we were skeptical. Turns out — pure genius. Here, model and actor Godfrey Gao (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) gamely responds to our lyrical inquiries through Japanese haiku.

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How often do fans
Faint from Godfrey’s smile (or wink)
Be honest, OK? 

Godfrey:
People think I am
Sexy; Flattering, its true
But I’m just bashful.

Striving for beauty
Best regimen for Godfrey
Summed up in haiku? 

Godfrey:
Sweating on “THE” court,
B-ball is my game. Keeps my
Body in good shape.

Louis Vuitton man
How does Godfrey make purse look
So good. Confidence? 

Godfrey:
Never thought I’d be
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Powerful warlock.

 

 This story was originally published in our Fall 2013 issue. Get your copy here

The Daily SHAG | Mike Concepcion

Despite being deemed one of the Philippines’ Top 10 “It Guys,” Manila-based Mike Concepcion is much more than a pretty, Moscot-glasses wearing face.  The 22-year old has made quite the name for himself in the Manila scene as a student, model, TV host and entrepreneur — you can count the uber-cool Manila Pop-Up and the popular restaurant Yabu under some of his accomplishments.  With a refreshingly classic style and a niche for business, Mike’s a total package.  While he may be taken by the gorgeous Jessica Connelly, it definitely doesn’t hurt to admire from afar.

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THE DAILY SHAG | PARK SUNG JIN

Meet one of Korea’s top models, Park Sung Jin. His career first began back in 2010 and he is now considered one of the top four models of the agency ESteem Model and is one of the only two asian male models on The Hot List featured on models.com.

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Although he looks good in just about anything, he explains his signature look in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily. “I like old rockabilly style. I always wear denim on denim with suspenders and slicked back hair. Everybody usually looks so similar, so the photographers and editors all know now that I like this style. Most Asians don’t know about American street style,” said the 22-year-old model.streetstyle

He has worked  for Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger Adidas, Forever 21, and much more. His latest shoot is featured in Urbanlike Magazine’s fourth issue COEXIST. In addition to his passion for fashion, his love for sports like skateboarding, surfing, and jiu jitsu definitely make him an interesting character who we absolutely love.

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Asians in Fashion | Lee Min Ho: Winter Photoshoot

When you think about what kind of clothes would look good on SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) Lee Min-ho, you’d probably think of something like a nice pair of swim trunks. You know, just enough clothing to show off those gorgeous abs. You probably wouldn’t think of him in a big snow jacket nearly completely covered up.

But you’re wrong. Completely wrong.

Proving to us that he can look stunning in just about everything, the South Korean actor posed for an Autumn/Winter French outdoor clothing brand photoshoot. Needless to say, Lee Min-ho looks amazing as always.

Be on the look out for his upcoming drama, Heirs, alongside actress Park Shin Hye.

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