Designer Jason Wu recounts his personal story, from being born in Taiwan 30 years ago to designing two inaugural gowns for U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama. The 30-year-old wunderkind talks about his childhood, his design philosophy and what it feels like to be part of American history.
On Oxygen Media’s highly anticipated competition series “The Face”, the top 12 aspiring models from around the world compete to become the next supermodel and the newest face of ULTA Beauty. This seven-episode series, hosted by renowned photographer and personality Nigel Barker, will feature worldwide icon Naomi Campbell, bombshell sensation Karolina Kurkova and fashion ‘It’ girl Coco Rocha as they mentor these young women in the cutthroat world of fashion and grant them unprecedented access to real clients and national brands. The 12 hopefuls were selected by their supermodel coaches to go head to head in a high stakes battle. Team Naomi, Team Karolina and Team Coco each received four models for the competition.
During the series premiere airing onTuesday, February 12, 2013 at 9 PM ET/PT, the 12 models move into the ultra-posh loft and compete in their first “Test Shoot” led by Naomi called “Who Wore It Better.” With the challenge centered on creativity and knowledge, emotions run high as the eager young women strive to impress the fashion icon by putting together their best look while showcasing the same item of clothing as another contestant. The drama continues to unfold as the teams compete in a “Campaign” challenge requiring them to interpret the frames of a storyboard for high-end fashion publication, W magazine, at a shoot on the docks overlooking New York City with legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier. With reputations at stake, each supermodel coach must mentor their team through the peaks and pitfalls of the fashion industry to determine who has what it takes to become “The Face.”
Among the 12 hopefuls are two Asian models to watch. Both women are on Team Naomi. Learn more about the two women:
ZiLin Luo (A.K.A. Rosaline)
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Born and raised in a traditional home in Shanghai, China, ZiLin’s natural beauty and easy-going personality afforded her an early career in modeling. She furthered her career in fashion with interests in styling and design while holding on to her ultimate dream of becoming a world-famous model. In 2011, ZiLin was crowned Miss China Universe. Anxious to leave the pageant circuit behind, ZiLin came to the United States to vie for the chance to be “The Face” of ULTA beauty.
Hometown: Victoria, Canada ( now splits her time between the Hollywood Hills and New York City)
Raised on a farm in Canada, Jocelyn has a confident and no-nonsense personality. Despite her rural upbringing, this striking Chinese/Icelandic model is always up for an adventure and loves participating in extreme sports. However, it was Jocelyn’s strong interest in the modeling industry that brought her to New York. Since her move, she has gained experience modeling for Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as successful catalog and print campaigns for Guess and Forever 21. After three years pursing her dream, “The Face” is Jocelyn’s chance to truly make her mark in the industry.
Intersecting race, gender and beauty, Beautiful Sisters examines blepharoplasty, known as eyelid surgery, and prominent amongst Asians and Asian American women. The film aims to untangle a web of controversy involving Western influences, societal beauty standards, preservation of culture, and choices of the individual. Through research, interviews and a personal narrative, Beautiful Sisters provides a closer look at how we perceive and construct ideas about beauty, racial and gender identity.
More about Beautiful Sisters
Beautiful Sisters premiered at the 25th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and has screened at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City, the Arab American National Museum, UC Berkeleys Women of Color in Arts Festival, and the Pacific Film Archive. The film received Honorable Mention for the Eisner Prize, UC Berkeleys award for the arts.
Makeup guru Michelle Phan makes another hybrid video that’s part makeup tutorial and part short film. Her latest short is Midnight Kiss featuring actor Justin Chon. Every girl dreams about that perfect midnight kiss. Michelle wanted to re-create this dream with this look. It’s the perfect look for a New Year’s Eve party with a kiss at midnight.
Rapper D-Pryde x director Rik Cordero teams up for the music video “Priorities”. The duo’s winning combination continues to produce amazing results. Their latest video features the battle of D-Pryde vs D-Pryde. Not only is it a rap battle, but they also take it to the video game console with Rap Band. The music video double as a mini-commercial for his line of snapback caps. His priority is with the fans and not the haters. You can also be part of his Priorities Music Video Contest.
Comedian KT Tatara tells you the 9 hairstyles that Asian guys can have. Among the styles he shows are B.O.Y.R.H. W.A.P. (Balance Out Your Round Head with a Point aka Faux hawk), Anime, Pop Star, The Fob, The Good Student Fob, The Bad Student Fob, The Yakuza, The Mini Mullet and The Virgin For Life. You probably know some Asian dudes with these cuts. His last tip to guys: never grow your hair long.