When the first issue of Vogue China hit the market in 2005, it was Australian model-actress Gemma Ward who was centered on the cover. In every issue that followed, Vogue China featured many beautiful women and men, few of whom were Asian.
It all changed in September 2011 when Vogue China began to strongly feature Asian faces on their magazine. Their cover was Shu Pei, Du Juan, Liu Wen, Sui He, Fei Fei Sun and Ming Xi. The girls were up-and-coming Asian models who took the world by storm.
For Alexander McQueen's 2011 store opening in Beijing, China, Sarah Burton cast an all-Asian lineup, saying that "being in China I felt it only right to use all Chinese models."
So who are today's top ten Asian models? Find out below:
Du Juan (China)
Du Juan, 29, was said to be "the world's first international Chinese supermodel." She has been featured in campaigns for Louis Vuitton, L'Oreal and Yves Saint Laurent—among others. She was on the cover of the first issue of Vogue China in 2005 and has been featured in almost every issue since.
Liu Wen (China)
After winning the New Silk Road World Model Contest, Liu Wen's modeling career took off quickly. She is the first Asian face of Estee Lauder, as well as the first Asian model to walk the runway at the coveted Victoria's Secret fashion show.
Ai Tominaga (Japan)
Ai Tominaga is no stranger to the modeling world. The 29-year old Japanese supermodel has walked for Anna Sui, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and Michael Kors--to name a few. She has also been featured in campaigns for Banana Republic, Gucci and Tag Heuer.
Fei Fei Sun (China)
Sun Fei Fei was handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel's pre-fall Paris-Shanghai collection. The 22-year old model is a rising industry favorite, who is currently the face of DSquared2. She has walked for Louis Vuitton, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marc, Jacobs, Givenchy, Lanvin and Vera Wang.
Jihae Kim (South Korea)
The face of many Eileen Fisher campaigns, Kim Jihae is a Wilhelmina model who has been featured in a Banana Republic campaign and a Harper's Bazaar Singapore editorial.
Ming Xi (China)
Ming Xi was discovered in 2009 after she came in third at an Elite Model Look contest. Only 22-years old, she became a Givenchy favorite, walking their exclusive March 2011 haute couture show and became the face of their fall/winter campaign. She has also walked for Theirry Mugler, Elie Saab, Louis Vuitton and Lanvin.
Sui He (China)
This 22-year old was signed to New York Model Management, Fashion Milan and Natalie Paris in 2010. Sui He made her debut a year later and walked for Dries von Noten, Dolce & Gabbana, Doo Ri and Marchesa.
Shu Pei (China)
Shu Pei was the second Asian model to land an international cosmetics contract. At only 20, she's becoming the industry's latest star. She was personally asked to walk for John Galliano and Christian Dior's runway shows, and she has also walked for Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang.
Tao Okamoto (Japan)
This 24-year old model signed with Elite Modeling Agency in 2006. A year later, she was a rising star at the New York Fashion Week, setting foot on Marc Jacobs and Cynthia Steffe's runway shows. Tao Okamoto has appeared in campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Kenzo, Emporio Armani, and Kenneth Cole.
Wang Xiao (China)
Wang Xiao was signed up with Wilhelmina Models in 2010. At only 21, she has had her breakthrough moment when she landed Calvin Klein's spring/summer 2011 campaign. She has walked for United Bamboo, Thierry Mugler, Nicole Miller and Thakoon.