editorialesque » tao oakmoto, fei fei sun, shu pei + liu wen for v
by Jeremy Danté
for the pages of V magazine’s first ever asian issue, top asian female models tao okamoto, fei fei sun, shu pei & liu wen all appear through the lens of terry tsiolis for this girls on top editorial. poised for career longevity of true supermodels, each girl has had noted success on the runway, through editorial & on the campaign circuit. represented by ford, tao okamoto has been a forerunner as an asian female model, being of japanese decent & having booked every runway show from chanel to yigal azrouël. in the game since ’06, tao is a regular in american vogue & has booked campaigns with the gap, ralph lauren, kenzo, kenneth cole, zac posen & uniqlo throughout her career. fei fei sun is still considerably new to model but has made a large impact on the model front, appearing for british vogue, vogue japan, vogue china, vogue korea, elle china, marie claire china & american vogue; rapidly building a presence on the editorial circuit. represented by women model management & modeling since 2008, fei fei already ranks as fashion’s no. 31 female model within the top 50. represented by next models ny, shu pei hit the scene & hard when she began modeling in 2007. debuting on the runways of new york fashion week for rachel roy & malandrino, fei fei modeled alongside tao for the gap FW10 campaign & has also earned a cosmetic contract with maybelline while securing campaign bookings for espirit & vera wang. quite possibly the biggest & brightest asian female model star of the moment is liu wen. represented by marilyn management, liu wen began modeling in her native of china in 2005 & rapidly rose to fame working with a number of chinese based fashion & beauty publications, only to become signed by the marilyn agency in their paris division. on the runway, liu was quickly closing shows in milan while walking for burberry & soon the campaigns came crashing in. campaigns with calvin klein, DKNY & historically, her contract with estée lauder soon followed as liu became the first asian victoria’s secret angel to appear on the runway- all while securing regular editorial appearances in french vogue, british vogue, vogue china & american vogue. dubbed the girls on top, their stats & bookings leave no room for criticism or argument. i love the images & think each of these girls has more than secured a future in fashion modeling. appearing together for the historical givenchy haute couture collection january of this year, it seems as though the fashion industry is finally allowing diversity to be represented much more freely. styled by jay massacret, with hair & make-up by esther langham & yadim, these girls should be, without a doubt on your radar. this marks a new ear in modeling.
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