Here at Mochi, we’re always looking for Asian Americans who are making a splash—and that includes the fashion industry. These days, we all know it takes much more than a pretty face to become a successful model. These 11 Insta-models (all of whom, it goes without saying, are drop-dead gorgeous) have mastered the platform, and we hope it helps propel them into big stars.
1. Issa Lish
This half-Japanese, half-Mexican model was discovered in a sushi restaurant in Mexico City and has since walked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Anna Sui. Her feed offers glimpses into her sense of humor, in addition to all the shows that she walks.
2. Luping Wang
This Chinese sensation has graced the covers of Elle China, Manifest, and Grazia China and appeared in shows for Chanel and Chloe. One look at her Insta feed and you’ll learn that she’s a foodie and loves to travel.
3. Mae Lapres
Numbers of Followers: 8.5K
Mae Lapres represents an amalgam of cultures—she’s part-Chinese and part-Canadian, and she speaks English, Mandarin, and French. Her feed, filled with runway and photo shoot snaps, shows off her signature vintage style.
4. Sang Woo Kim
Sang Woo Kim is easily spotted for his ridiculous cheek bones and can be seen in Diesel’s Fall/Winter 2015 fashion campaign. Whether it’s a photo of one of his shoots or of him just hanging with friends, that chiseled face always glows on his Instagram.
5. Ju Xiaowen
In addition to being recognized for modeling, Xiao Wen is known for her beautiful skin. Her secret? She uses coconut oil as a moisturizer in the colder months to protect her skin. Those Instagram filters only accentuate her flawless skin. She’s also well-connected: you might even spot a fellow model on this list in her photos!
6. Bhumika Arora
Bhumika Arora is one of the few models of Indian descent you’ll see walking the runways; she’s a breakout model to watch. Her feed features all her latest runway looks.
7. Sung Jin Park
In an industry where you’re often told what to wear, Sung Jin Park has managed to develop a personal style, one he calls “old rockabilly.” That sensibility carries through on Instagram, where you’ll get a real taste of his abstract and artsy side.
8. Philip Huang
Philip Huang has gone from Cleveland, Ohio, to the global campaigns of Hugo Boss, Kenzo, and many others. His feed features countless scenic backgrounds that reflect the travels his work takes him on.
9. Jae Yoo
All the way from Busan, South Korean, Jae Yoo has worked for Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle, Moncler, and many others. Jae’s feed is filled with a mix of everything from photos on set to everyday shots featuring the likes of cupcakes or his family and friends.
10. Daisuke Ueda
Hailing from Japan, Daisuke has appeared on the cover of Manifesto Magazine and starred in GQ Taiwan. You’ll spot tons of photos of him with friends and even in his Halloween costume on Instagram.
11. Justin Kim
Justin, otherwise known as J.Smooth, is the first-ever Asian American male model to compete in popular reality show “America’s Next Top Model.” Head over to his feed for his latest work and references to TV life.
Last modified: April 24, 2020