Walking from catwalks to magazine covers, these fresh new faces has been giving us a breath of fresh air from what seem like an interchangeable set of models that the fashion industry offers. Following established models from Asia like Liu Wen and Tao Okamoto, this bunch is starting to engrave their names in the field of fashion. From their humble beginnings in the East up to their rise onto runways in the West, they’re proving that anyone from anywhere can be a global fashion phenomenon.
It was a dream come true for this Indian model when she debuted internationally and walked for Balenciaga in Paris Fashion Week last year. Not just that, she also launched her bowl cut that day which further highlighted her features. Testifying that it’s not the last time she’ll be seen on the runway, weeks after her debut, she was spotted in Erdem x H&M show sporting florals. One of her recent works was last December 2017, when she did an editorial for Harper’s Bazaar Russia. Since then, she’s been acing different magazine editorials and a high fashion campaign — attesting that she’s unstoppable.
Aside from scoring an editorial for Vogue Korea and a cover for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, the stunner was also able to shoot a global campaign in Paris for Sephora at the tender age of 16. Now what sets Seo apart from the rest is her prominent jaw, which she admits made her win fans’ hearts. Different visual concepts can match her unconventional facial features, she added. Being one of the most anticipated models in Seoul Fashion Week last year, she thanked none other than Korea’s Next Top Model for shedding her light what career to pursue after binge-watching it.
From being the representative of her university’s tennis team to winning Miss Japan 2012 and becoming one of Tokyo Fashion Week’s top models last year, Kiko proved she’s always up to try new things. The credits go to her elder sister who inspired her to enter the world of modeling. Arai has the skills of a chameleon that can impersonate colors according to it’s needs, and she could flaunt her kaleidoscopic skin all she wants. She went from rocking the Queen of Hearts theme in Dolce and Gabbana to showing off her winged eyeliners in Lanvin Spring 2018, rocking a minimalist yet elegant look.
With pride and glory, the 22-year old Chinese graced the 2017 Victoria Secret Fashion Show for the first time in her homeland. Before that, she has been bagging editorials for Vogue China and Vogue Middle East. Furthermore, the model’s versatility is evident and it can be seen through her numerous editorials. She moved from displaying her fun and untroubled side in Grazia China, to looking almost unrecognizable while flaunting her pastel pink hair in Harper’s Bazaar China.
With his trademark look – shaved head and chiseled-like cheekbones, the Japanese model made waves in New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018. Along with Rina Fukushi, he also became part of Dolce and Gabbana’s campaign, Dolce and Gabbana Loves Japan. After his appearance in Tokyo Fashion Week last year, Vogue recognized him as someone who could soon hit high fashion campaigns. While it is thrilling to see what he could bring to the table this year, the first month of the year already went well for him since he made it along supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell to Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2018 menswear show.
What’s a better way to start a modeling career than walking for Prada? Coming all the way from China, Haoran flew to Milan for his first ever runway walk which is Prada’s Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear Show. He was further seen since then hitting the runway wearing black from head to toe in Edward Crutchley and Xander Zhou Fall/Winter 2018. The pixie-eared new comer will definitely capture more attention from casting directors with his rebellious streak.
From doing a part time job at H&M, this Korean descent is now gracing the catwalk with his out of this world, piercing gaze. He started 2018 right by walking for Thom Browne, Maison Margiela, and Hader Aikerman. With his distinct, unconventional look and aura, this model is surely set for great things this year.
The future is bright for this 20-year old Hangzhou-based student when he grand slammed Kenzo Spring/Summer 2018 as the show opener. He was also able to walk in a palace filled with Renaissance art in Florence for one of the most anticipated shows in fashion, Gucci’s Resort 2018. The rising Chinese model says he keeps himself in check by reviewing the runway to guarantee that he will be able to give his best walk. As for his recent projects, he can be seen with his signature bowl cut while doing high fashion poses with dogs for Gucci’s Chinese New Year 2018 capsule collection.