One thing I noticed about the recent runway shows – the increasingly diverse roster of models. There’d been grumbling in the industry for a few years about runways being too blonde, too white, too generic. Now we’re seeing so many more young models from all over the globe. Including, increasingly, more Asian faces. A couple of years ago I wrote a post about how disproportionately underrepresented in fashion Asian women have been. White faces still predominate, and it will be a long time before that changes, but the number of models with roots on the Asian continent has skyrocketed. Among them, Shanghai native Du Juan has been building a name for herself for about five years now, making her among the most established Asian models. Du began modeling after being told she was too tall to continue the ballet career she’d been pursuing. Since then she’s walked countless shows for top designers, appeared in all the top magazines and became the face of L’oreal’s Chinese marketing.
with Raquel Zimmermann
with Coco Rocha and Chanel Iman