so far he's one of the few Mainland China male models who can carry high fashion convincingly. and what's more he's good-looking in an asian-approved manner, not those slitty-eyed ones so beloved of angmoh designers but considered ugly by us asians. know what i mean?
Anon: IMHO it's not that the mainland male models can't carry off 'high fashion' convincingly - i think the problem actually lies with the stylists, editors and photographers who can't picture them without a huge dose of drag; most of the pictures just look badly styled and art directed. i don't know about the last statement - i think those slitty-eyed ones are popular in asia too - as you can see by the rise of the beloved single-eyelidded korean actors.
i think the problem actually lies with the stylists, editors and photographers who can't picture them without a huge dose of drag; most of the pictures just look badly styled and art directed.that is so true, especially the drag bit, and let's not forget the heavy-handed photoshopping too.also: perhaps 'slitty-eyed' is a wrong choice of words. don't get me wrong, i love asian boys with single-eyelids. what i meant was, why someone like, say, Philip Huang is considered to be good-looking in the West & given what few big jobs that are that are doled out to the token asian model? i mean the guy probably wouldn't even rate a supporting role in a B-grade made-in-Hong Kong kungfu flick for crying out loud.
Anon: I think it's a matter of reference? the chinese are still using western models/ visuals to 'inspire' their shoots. i think they should be looking at what is authentic to them, and i'm sure they have their tradition of chinese male beauty... in the case of philip huang: i think i can throw some light here - he looked quite ordinary, even plain, in pictures to me but when i eventually saw him walking a show and also backstage i began to appreciate that he's very much a show model the proportion, the elongated figure, the stride: he's graceful. note that he is very much a catwalk model and does NOT translate in print.having said that i agree that there are probably tonnes of chinese men in beijing with that flat, elongated proportion and grace - with a prettier face... they only need to be brought to the fashion world's attention! so much of it is self promotion in a way...