Vogue Asian Model Spread is 'Major'
American Vogue’s December issue caught our attention with its two-page spread titled, “Asia Major,” featuring Chinese models Du Juan, Liu Wen, Bonnie Chen and Lily Zhi; South Korean models Hyoni Kang, So Young Kang and Lee Hyun; and Japanese model Tao Okamoto. It’s not often that you see an Asian model take center stage in the fashion industry, whether on a cover of a magazine or as the first face of a top brand fashion show—so the fact that American Vogue is placing the spotlight on Asian models is incredibly refreshing to see. These Asian models have without a doubt earned their place as top models, however—just check their model profiles and you'll see their impressive list of appearances in luxury brand ad campaigns, top fashion shows, and fashion spreads. Liu Wen’s growing success, for instance, as the first Asian to walk a Victoria’s Secret fashion show and the first Asian face of Estée Lauder, further shows the growing presence of Asian representation in the industry.
The spread is beautifully shot by acclaimed photographer Steven Meisel and as the spread’s byline states, these Asian models are “redefining traditional concepts of beauty.”
New York Magazine’s "The Cut" blog does make a skeptical point about the spread, however, stating how this seemingly progressive move may be a one-time deal:
“While it's refreshing to see the magazine acknowledge the importance of Asian models in the industry, especially since Vogue has largely ignored Asian models in the past, it always seems easier for magazines to lump the girls in a feature like this, feel like the acknowledgment has been made, and then revert back to their usual ultra-white mix of models in subsequent issues.”
While it's a valid point, we're nonetheless glad to see this as great exposure and growing diversity in the ever-exclusive fashion industry.
[via The Cut]