Most Popular Asian Male Models: Male models do not necessarily enjoy the same’ super’ status as their female counterparts, but their faces can still be recognized immediately around the world— whether on magazine covers or in the recent perfume campaigns. Major brands such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren have launched numerous careers over the years, pushing Tyson Beckford and Lucky Blue Smith’s likes into the spotlight.
And it’s a profitable company (although there’s still a gender pay gap in modelling for women)—with Gandy allegedly earning up to $5million a year as a result of his dealings with Dolce & Gabbana and Marks & Spencer. After coming across the article “Rise of the Asian Male Supermodel” on Models.com, the team Branded Girls has secretly invented a list of top 10 Asian faces that we believe have effectively led the trend. But there’s no fun keeping stuff confidential, so here you go.
Who Are The Best Male Models From Asia?
The luxury industry continues to bank their large amount of forces in attracting the coveted Asian markets. It is amazing to see an increase in Asian models presence in fashion shows, editorials, and campaigns. Also, we have heard to some bookers that there are getting a lot of request for Asian models. There is still a long way to see more diversity, but this is heading in the right direction.
Here comes our pick of the ‘Top 10 Asian Male Model Faces’ in conjunction with the rise of Asian male supermodels.
How Did We Decide?
Before you even have time to ask, we must first reveal that the list is based on four criteria–A) the exposure of the model on the runway, B) the appearance of the model in campaigns, C) the popularity of the model on the Internet, and D) how”Asian” the model looks. (Nowadays, the word “Asian” is misused to describe masculine models. Some “Asian” models do not even look “Asian.”)
↓10- Zhao Lei
Known For: Zhao Lei is a Chinese fashion model. In fact, he is one of the major Chinese models in the world. Standing at a height of 6’2, “Zhao is no stranger to the catwalk. He went for labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Ermanno Scervino, Roberto Cavalli, and Emporio Armani. Zhao’s job portfolio involves several editorials as well. His face has appeared in magazines such as GQ China, Hercules, and August Man. Do have a look at the Top 25 Middle Eastern Male Models 2020 List.
Zhao Lei was born in 1986 and was the only Chinese male model on models.com’s “Top 50 Male Models” before the 2014 list was published. He is not only on the Top 50 in this year’s list but also on the Money Guys list, demonstrating his excellent industry popularity.
↓9- Noma Han
Origin: South Korea
Known For: Noma Han is a fashion model from Korea. He has appeared for numerous labels in advertisements. The portfolio of Noma includes campaigns for Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole and Tommy Hilfiger’s likes. Several editorials also starred at the Korean model. The long-established model has graced arena Homme+ Korea, GQ Style China, Interview, VMAN, and more.
↓8- Hao Yun Xiang
Known For: Born in 1991, before he began his model career, Hao Yunxiang was a professional athlete. Together with Zhao Lei, he entered the top 50 list. He was also listed in the ranking of Trending. He made several ads for Lane Crawford, Gap China, and Maybelline in Spring and Summer 2014 and took Lookbooks for Calvin Klein Jeans.
↓7- Daisuke Ueda
Known For: This Japanese male model Daisuke Ueda is on Vogue Hommes Japan’s cover. Japan & style are intricately interwoven, representing clean & fluid lines with uncompromising beauty & simplified allure. This lad has appeared for Dolce and Gabbana ss11 and gap Japan f/w 10.
↓6- Dae Na
Origin: South Korea
Known For: Dae Na is a Korean male model born in South Korea. Hudson Taylor, a fashion photographer, found him. He started his modeling career in 2012, signed at NYC’s Wilson Model Management modeling agency. Dae has appeared in campaigns for several labels to make a splash in the sector. His clients range from Benetton’s Armani Exchange and United Colors to Tom Ford. Editorials, too, are no strangers to the Korean model. Dae’s portfolio involves print work for Esquire, Taiwan GQ, Man of the World, and Germany Officiel Hommes. He produced his acting debut in the role of Devin Lee in TV Mini-series The Romance Artist (2015).
Editorials: GQ Taiwan, American Vogue, Out Magazine, Lab-A4 Cover, August Man Malaysia, Harper’s Bazaar China, Man of the World, GQ Style Brasil, Harper’s Bazaar U.S. and UK, L’Officiel Hommes Germany, Numero Homme China, DSECTION Magazine, GQ Germany, Esquire U.S., V Man, Manifesto, Glow Thailand Cover, Vogue Hommes Japan Cover.
Fashion Shows: Walked the runway for Nautica, Joseph Abboud, Banana Republic, Polo Ralph Lauren, Todd Snyder, Chanel, Public School, Porsche Design, Michael Bastian, Corneliani, Brioni, Ermanno Scervino, Dolce & Gabbana, Perry Ellis, Roccobarocco, Moschino, John Richmond, Salvatore Ferragamo, Calvin Klein.
Advertising campaigns: Shanghai Tang, Forever 21, Louis Quatorze, L’Oreal, Tom Ford, Armani Exchange, Lane Crawford, Strellson, Essential Homme, Donna Karan, Diesel, Bloomingdale’s, Benetton.
Agencies: Represented by agencies New York VNY Models, Paris New Madison, Elite London, Milan d’management group.
↓5- Philip Huang
Known For: In a sector where being an Asian model seems to be equal to being the tall, other-worldly Asian lady, Chinese-American 28-year-old Philip Huang is attempting to rewrite the equation by being a strong Asian male model presence in the fashion globe.
With career highlights including walking for Valentino, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galiano, Emporio Armani, Etro, Versace, Philip Lim, Nautica, Lacoste, Louise Vuitton and more, advertising campaigns including the catalogs of Macy’s, Barney’s, Bloomingdale and the Gap, Huang began modeling partially on a mission to diversify the sector and somewhat out of pure survival. Born in the city Manhattan and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Huang attended Philadelphia’s Drexel University where he began modeling for additional money. Modeling was a part-time work choice that offered a more creative source of revenue than the standard broke waiter or busboy for college students. With more curiosity than any strong ambition, Huang came to an open casting for Model Search, an event held in Washington DC. After the casting’s achievement, Huang started commuting for multiple castings from Philadelphia to New York, constructing a resume that helped him start a career. He gave himself one year in the modeling world. Now he is jetting between New York and Italy dressed by the best in the world.
Huang notes the differences in culture on countless trips to Europe. While European fashion has a powerful men’s fashion scene with distinct operating techniques, the New York fashion world is more centered on women’s fashion with top game velocity and effectiveness.
Having signed on as one of the top models with Public Image Worldwide modeling agency in April 2007, Huang has been modeling full-time under his belt for more than five years. However, instead of disappearing in the crowd, Huang emphasizes his company challenge, which goes back to what he saw was missing from the start when he began modeling in the advertising sector. From day one, he thought that what was missing from the industry was the Asian male model face and that face was what he could accomplish. From then on, until he succeeded, he chugged on.
Besides the modeling globe, Huang is engaged in the real estate company that he has been building on for the previous two years. He also looks at acting with a couple of scripts on the table that creatively stirred him. Like any success tale, through the difficult times and path to today, Huang mentions his determination, tenacity, and faith in himself as key. We also recommend that you check out these Top 20 Indian Male Models of 2019 Updated List.
↓4- David Chiang
Origin: Vancouver, Canada
Known For: David Chiang, a Taiwanese male model, was born on 22 December 1988 but raised in Vancouver, Canada after living in Taiwan for eleven years. He was found at the age of sixteen but chose to proceed with school until he graduated from college in 2009 at twenty-one. Part of his decision to remain in college was the advice he got from those close to him. His mom informed him that a model’s life is hard and that if he decides to follow that route, he should be careful. Lastly, after completing his education, David pursued a model’s journey, and so far, however, has been a tremendous success since his debut at the fall Alexander McQueen show in Millan in 2010.
He also walked the ramp for Rick Owens and Paul Smith while he was there. His mother was quite happy for him and always tried to keep up with him and his modeling career in China. In fact, David’s whole family is said to have been very supportive and helpful throughout his entire modeling career. David is currently known for his long black hair and his androgynous looks. He lives in New York, and his interests include learning about history, going to museums, watching Family Guy, and listening to Michael Jackson. David’s ultimate dream is to walk in Victoria’s Secret fashion show so he can wear wings of his own one fine day.
David has been on the runway since the year 2009 till today and has been quite successful at every point of his career. Initially, he was only modeling in Canada until he shifted agencies to work for Major Model Management, permitting him to become a much more international presence in the modeling scene. He took a gap in his career in July 2009 where he skipped fashion week, but ever since then has been very active. Soon after this small break, he returned to the runway to walk for Dior Homme’s as an exclusive for the fall 2011 show. David also took part in the fall fashion week in New York where he got to walk for Richard Chai, Diesel, rag & bone and many others. Recently, he walked the ramp for Darkoh, Nina Athanasiou, Malan Breton, and this year he walked for the amazing Pyer Moss fall and winter men’s show. He has always been part of many magazines during his entire career.
This male model has been in over sixteen different fashion magazines all over the world for editorials. Magazines like Candy, Elle Men China, Client Magazine, GQ Style China, GQ Style Taiwan, Gravure Magazine, and many others. He did a campaign 2014 with Vera Wang and has also been filmed in some videos throughout his career. He hopes to see himself in five years, waking up and taking no less than $10,000 for a show. Seeing as he is still a young face that is quite active on the runway, it is not unbelievable to imagine this dream one day coming true.
↓3- Paolo Roldan
Known For: Paolo Roldan is a Filipino Canadian model. He produced his debut in the fall-winter 2010 season as an exclusive Givenchy, closing the show. Paolo appeared in the campaign that Mert & Marcus photographed that season and moved on to editorials for Vogue China, Details, Numéro Homme China and countless other publications. Paolo worked with brands like Todd Snyder and Phillip Lim 3.1 as well.
↓2- Jae Yoo
Origin: South Korea
Known For: Jae Yoo (Hyukjae), who was born in Busan on 22 March 1989, is a South Korean model. He signed a deal with Soul Artist Management in 2010 and debuted on a Tommy Hilfiger fashion show in NYC in September of the same year. He appeared in a picture by Mariano Vivanco in the Japanese edition of Vogue the same year. He went for different fashion houses in Milan and Paris from February to July 2011, including Calvin Klein, G-Star, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, and John Galliano. He became a model for American Eagle the same year and appeared again in Vogue this time in a Steven Klein photograph. He played in the shows of Michael Bastian and J.Crew in September 2011.
↓1- Satoshi Toda
Known For: Satoshi Toda is a model from Japan. Satoshi was working at a sushi restaurant attending college, where he was offered a business card for modeling. Shortly after turning 21, he signed up for New York Models. The portfolio of the Japanese model features some editorials. He graces the pages of Vogue China, Glass, GQ China, L’Officiel Hommes Germany, and more. The catwalk is no stranger; Satoshi counts among his clients Tommy Hilfiger, Prada, and Christopher Shannon. Campaign-wise, Satoshi is being sought by labels like Gap and Theory.