Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence and Barbie Ferreira are redefining the definition of beauty within the entertainment industry, but when was the last time you’ve seen an Asian plus-size model with similar levels of media exposure or popularity?
There seems to be a general lack of diversity within the plus-size modeling industry and Asian models are still especially hard to come by but this certainly doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
Justine Biticon has quickly endeared herself to a massive audience online not only through her wit, but also through her authentic self-expression and thoughtful consideration of others. She serves as a role model for young creatives, especially Asian Americans, to follow in her footsteps.
Once upon a time, Justine Biticon was eliminated in episode two on “America’s Next Top Model.” Where many young public figures would allow this dismissal to stifle their confidence or be chained to it as a career highlight, Biticon has turned this appearance into a footnote. She’s amassed 390,000 followers on Instagram and 720,000 followers on Twitter. Her popular content showcases, alongside her modeling and fitness, a unique aesthetic and a predilection for streetwear — many of her ‘fits’ consist of cropped tops, sneakers, and other trendy streetwear concepts. She brings her own unique look to every shot; partially through her daring, often-quirky poses, and partially through her features as a woman of Latinx and Asian descent.
Yang explains in a lengthy Instagram post how the agency deliberately changed his height on his modeling comp card and stated that he was from “Minnesota via Mongolia” when he is actually a first-generation Hmong-American.
The news of her contract with the Korean entertainment label came to light when the 10-year-old model posted a selfie with Black Pink’s Jennie on her Instagram account on Saturday with the tag @theblacklabel_official, according to AllKpop.
Fernanda Ly, an Australian model with Chinese roots, has spoken on the difficulties of racial identification and how she deals with them.
Ly, who hails from the southwest suburbs of Sydney, started modeling at the age of 16. She’s known for her iconic pink hair.
Wang Suzhong, an 88-year-old man from Chengdu province, China, was disowned by his family for pursuing a career in nude art modeling.
Wang, while speaking with Pear Video, detailed how he hard he struggled back in 2012 before becoming a nude model. According to Shanghaiist via Medium, he was, at the time, barely getting by, living alone on his 700 yuan ($110) a month pension.
A Korean American child model with charming looks and amazing talent is on her way to become the next big name in fashion.
She is Ella Gross, an 8-year-old girl currently modeling for GAP Kids, and lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.
Plus-size Asian model Natalie Nootenboom doesn’t just want to be known as the niece of popular DJ Steve Aoki — she hopes to redefine the way people perceive beauty. The 16-year-old signed with model management Muse as they help her use modeling as a platform to dismantle beauty stereotypes.
“My skin was my biggest insecurity, but now I just think it’s the most beautiful thing ever.”
These powerful words opened an even more powerful video talking about Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, body positivity, and loving the skin you’re in.
Vietnam’s fashion industry has been growing at an accelerated pace and it’s starting to make its mark in international design circles. The industry’s growth in the country has even attracted many up-and-coming models from Western countries who are aiming to launch their modeling career.
Being a foreign model in a Vietnam, however, has proven to be quite a challenge for those who have made the decision to pursue their modeling careers there, according to Tuoi Tre News.
The Canadian man who gained attention for his viral “dudeoir” photos has landed an underwear modelling gig with American Eagle.