We’re celebrating the Chinese New Year by eating, drinking, dressing up like a horse and staring at the beautiful faces of our favorite Chinese models. From the financially endowed to the sprightly up-and-comers, here are 10 young women proving fashion’s not just black and white.
1. Liu Wen
Four million for you, Liu Wen! You go, Liu Wen. The first Asian model to make Forbes‘ list of highest paid, earning a tidy $4.3m, Wen is one highly bankable face and the only person we know we know who looks good dressed as an Ed Hardy.
2. Liu Li Jun
A perennial favorite of Harper’s Bazaar China, Liu Li Jun has also starred in spreads for her country’s editions of Vogue and Elle. She’s excellent at making you hate the polar vortex, but her coolest work has to be the ‘Made in China’ editorial (and accompanying video) she shot for Harper’s China last year.
3. Fei Fei Sun
Fei Fei was one of the big winners of Elite Model Look’s 2008 international final in Sanya, China. She’s walked for everyone from Dries Van Noten to Louis Vuitton, and does a mean impression of China Machado — as evidenced when she became the first Asian model to front Vogue Italia solo.
4. Ju Xiao Wen
She hails from Xi’an, calls New York home, and is one of the cutest humans in the world. “I was actually disappointed because I only did one show in Milan,” Xiao told Susie Lau of walking only walking for Prada during her first European season (also known as a “Prada exclusive”?). The below is a campaign she shot for her friend’s label BabyGhost.
5. Sui He
Sui is known for being the first Asian face of Shiseido, and is now one of our key eyebrow muses. She’s also nabbed covers of all the coolest big-name glossies, including POP, V and W, along the way, and can pull of a heinous suede bustier like nobody’s business.
6. Han Bing
Han was the winner of Elite Model Look 2012 China. She wanted to be a dessert shop owner when she was younger, but that’s probably proving impossible with all the flying between China, London and Paris. She’s also one of the most versatile models we’ve seen, effortlessly morphing from a human doll into the Chinese version of a young Janice Dickinson.
8. Lu Yan
Yan is one of the most successful Chinese exports thanks to her highly exotic looks, which were actually considered “ugly” when she first hit the scene. Of course that’s just fashion speak for unique and highly bankable, so suck it, haters.
10. Du Juan
Touted as the world’s first international Chinese supermodel, 32-year-old industry vet Du Juan is also a film actress, ballet dancer, and a could-be Elizabeth Taylor impersonator. Definitely our kind of woman.