I don’t know how or why, but I got the December issue of FLARE magazine in the mail yesterday (I didn’t subscribe to it, obviously).
Not really in the mood to sit down and read the magazine, I just flipped through it to see what kind of editorials they had. And then something caught my eye that made me ask myself, “Who is this gorgeous girl?”
It was precisely this photo that kind of took my breath away:
It’s not very often that you see an Asian model in mainstream magazines. And I understand that the genetic propensity of Asians is that we are short, so I get that there are less working Asian models out there. What makes me so impressed with this girl is that, usually, when an Asian model is featured in an editorial, she’s often exploited for her “harsh” facial features and “exotic” look (they often have bowl cuts or a very strong bang, etc.)
But this girl….wow. She deserves this 8-page spread.
The entire editorial is her striking fierce poses in hot dresses and flying tresses. I am just in love with her. Her proportions are great and she isn’t dead in the face or look angry (a.k.a. trying to be fierce).
I really think she could rival some of the top models out there.
If anyone can tell me who she is, I’d love to know! I want to see what else she’s done.
EDIT: Silly me. In all the excitement of seeing and then immediately scanning the editorial pages, I neglected to look at the fine print, where it has all the info of everyone involved in the shoot (duh). The model’s name is Shiya Zhao from Sutherland Models. Check out her online portfolio here!
Here’s the rest of the editorial. Click to enlarge!