Ethnic Models

Times have indeed changed.

It’s heartening to see that along with typical fair-skinned beauties such as Scarlett Johansson, Julia Roberts, Heather Locklear and Nicole Kidman, such actresses and models as Halle Berry, Naomi Campbell, Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek, Kelly Hu and Jessica Alba are now being regarded as among the most beautiful women in the world.

It wasn’t always that way, but in today’s world of growing racial tolerance, models and actresses of African, Latin American and Asian descent are slowly but surely finding their own place under the sun. Needless to say, ethnic models are taking over the modeling world by storm.

Of course, two of the world’s most legendary and enduring supermodels are Black: the aforementioned Naomi Campbell, and Tyra Banks. The former has been modeling for the past 21 years, while the latter has gone on to hosting America’s Next Top Model and her own talk show. Whatever people say about them, these two are real trailblazers, paving the way for the likes of Alek Wek to wear creations of the world’s greatest designers on the catwalk.

Also making their mark in the modeling world are those of Asian descent. Filipina model Anna Bayle is often regarded as the first Asian supermodel, and was considered on par with such names as Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford. Then there was Kimora Lee, who was once chosen by legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld himself to model for Chanel. Of the present generation of Asian models, perhaps the most recognizable is Devon Aoki, a model of Japanese, German, and British descent who has appeared in such movies as 2 Fast 2 Furious and Sin City.

And who can miss Brazilian models, who are among the most gorgeous in the industry? Brazil is the country that gave us such exotic-looking stunners as Adriana Lima, Ana Beatriz Barros, Alessandra Ambrosio, and of course, Gisele Bundchen, who is deemed as one of the most famous and highest-paid supermodels in the world today. With a net worth of $150 million, Gisele is listed in the Guinness World Records as the “world’s richest supermodel”.

If we mention Brazil, could other models of Latin descent be far behind? Among the best known Latin models are Cuba’s Daisy Fuentes, Mexico’s Elsa Benitez, Colombia’s Sofia Vergara and Argentina’s Valeria Mazza.

Just take a look at the names listed above, and you would realize that ethnic models have a bright future in the industry as the world becomes more and more open and tolerant.