Though she may be as high-profile an ambassador for Japanese style as it gets, the star has flown under the radar stateside—until now. As the newly named ambassador for Dior Beauty, Mizuhara is the latest star to be tapped by the iconic brand. She also has a line of affordable housewares called OK launching at the end of the month. But if world domination seems imminent, Mizuhara remains humble about the prospect.
The monopoly of white models on the catwalks and in the glossies over the past decade has been immovable, but many fashionistas now believe the future is Asian. Carole White, founder of Premier Model Management, the agency that represents Naomi Campbell and Salman Rushdie's former wife, Padma Lakshmi, thinks the dominance of eastern European girls is changing. Eastern European girls flooded the market. There are so many Russians and Ukrainians. But they are all very white and bland.
Lakshmi Menon is poised to become the first Indian supermodel. At 26, she just landed her first solo spread in American Vogue — twelve pages all to herself. She has also jump-started a dialogue about why there are so few Indian and South Asian models on runways and in fashion magazines. The ongoing conversation about the underrepresentation of black models has made way for more work for those models, yet the conversation is just beginning for their Indian and South Asian peers. When Lakshmi started modeling in , work was scarce.
All rights reserved. East Asian models, led by the Chinese and Japanese, are now an integral part of the fashion landscape. But who are the famous supermodels forging this new future? Check out Google's top By Ben Arogundade.