Asian Models (Still) on the Rise
We have serious cause for celebration: Chinese faces were all over the catwalks this season! They have been increasing in number for some time, but this year they proved themselves fixtures at all the big-name designers’ shows. Clearly, China’s growing economic prowess had something to do with this shift, which doesn't exactly solve the fashion industry's endemic racial issues, but still. Baby steps, right?
I can still remember the first time I saw an Asian woman on Style.com, in Spring 2006. It was Du Juan, who I adore to this day for this very reason. She was our sole representation for a very long time.
It's kind of insane how all this progress has been made in just the last couple years. My heart can't help but sing every time I see Liu Wen or Fei Fei Sun or Ming Xi strutting down the runways, looking fierce.
Especially Liu Wen. I have a bit of a girl crush on her. I've even met her a couple times, first at the Vogue 5th Anniversary party three years ago and then at the occasional Beijing fashion soiree. If you're unfamiliar with her background, check out this article I wrote on China's top supermodels. The New York Times also wrote a very memorable 8-page spotlight on her last year.
She was the first Asian model to walk for Victoria's Secret, and also to represent Estee Lauder. And she looked phenomenal these past few weeks. I just reviewed the photos I'd saved from Fall 2013 RTW and she pops up in a good number of them.
Below are a few of my favorite looks that just happen to be worn by Asian models. Let's hope this diversity lasts.