— June 15, 2012 —
The rise of the Asian model is perhaps the strongest and most exciting movement we've seen on the catwalks recently. While we were in Paris, we saw Asian representation from China, Korea, Japan and beyond, and these were the girls who garnered the most attention from photographers both on and off the catwalks. The great Asian model debate has fired up a lot recently, with critics claiming that the only reason for their appearance on the catwalks is to appease the growing number of Asian customers pouring money into the luxury market, and not because of their catwalk prowess. We disagree. Designers do what they want, what they will -- they are, first and foremost, creative directors, and the models they selected to display their wares have to be the best fit possible for the creative direction of the brand, regardless of their race. Here are some of our favourite new Asian faces we've been seeing on the catwalks, magazine covers and in some of the best editorials we've seen this season. Can't wait to see what these beautiful ladies do next!