Asia is certainly a region filled with breathtaking beauty. Everywhere you go, you will encounter beautiful structures and sceneries and, inevitably, beautiful women. As Western media moves towards diversity, we have started seeing more Asian women represented on screen.
In this article, I will introduce you five of some of the most beautiful Asian women who have made waves in recent years. Chances are you have probably heard about them already. You might even be a fan already. So without further ado, here are five Asian women to watch out for!
Of course, who would not know Pia Wurtzbach? After all, this beauty queen of Filipino and German descent was crowned as Miss Universe 2015. Before being as Miss Universe 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was already a TV host, actress, and model.
Her Miss Universe victory is particularly noteworthy considering that she was the first Filipina to win the title after Margarita Moran was crowned Miss Universe in 1973. Overall, she was only the third Filipina to win the prestigious title, with Gloria Diaz being the first to win it in 1969.
Pia’s story of perseverance and determination has won the hearts of Filipinos and foreigners alike. Before representing the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant in 2015, she has already joined Binibining Pilipinas twice. She was 1st runner-up in 2013 and landed a spot in the Top 15 in 2014.
Pia’s blue evening gown has become iconic, as well as her now famous “confidently beautiful with a heart” line. Her easy grace and confident answer in the question and answer portion of the pageant easily catapulted her to stardom.
Aside from Pia’s grace and undeniable good looks, another reason for the beauty queen’s exponential rise to fame is the controversial announcement of her victory. The mistake in the announcement caused quite a stir and served to increase her popularity all over the world.
Audrie Kiko Daniel, better known as Kiko Mizuhara is a model, actress, and designer who established her career in Japan before gaining international fame. Despite her professional name and her popularity in Japan, Kiko Mizuhara is actually of American and Korean descent.
She was born in Texas but spent most of her life in Japan after her family moved to Kobe when she was two years old. Her modeling career started early and she has steadily risen to fame since. Kiko started her modeling career when she entered an audition contest with Seventeen Magazine when she was 12.
After being picked as Miss Seventeen, Kiko entered into an exclusive contract with Seventeen Magazine for three years. She moved to Tokyo when she was 16. At age 17, Kiko became an exclusive model for the fashion magazine ViVi.
Kiko’s European and Asian features have graced several magazines and fashion events in Japan. By 2008, she has already been a regular runway model at the Tokyo Girls Collection. In 2014, she made her international debut after she was invited to walk at the London Fashion Week.
After Kiko’s international debut at the London Fashion week, more international designers started hiring, including Moschino and Chanel. She has also modeled for numerous magazines, not only in Japan but also abroad.
Nobody embodies aging gracefully quite as well as Michelle Yeoh. This Chinese Malayan actress is turning 55 this year, but she still continues to steal hearts and turn heads not only in Asia but all over the world.
Michelle Yeoh rose to stardom in the 1990s, after having starred in several action films and became known for performing her own stunts. Interestingly, her background is not that of martial arts. Instead, Michelle Yeoh was keen on dance and would have become a professional ballet if not for an injury.
In 1983, Michelle won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant and represented Malaysia at the 1983 Queen of the Pacific beauty pageant. She took home the crown and also became Malaysia’s representative to Miss World in the same year.
Having won several beauty pageant titles, Michelle became popular in Malaysia and increasingly abroad. After joining the Miss World, she starred in an action film with Jackie Chan. Her performance and good looks then caught the eye of a Hong Kong film production company.
After her comeback in 1993, Michelle Yeoh never left the limelight. She starred in international films like Tomorrow Never Dies and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. In 2009, People ranked her as one of the 35 All-Time Screen Beauties and she was the only Asian actress on the list.
South Korea has taken the world by storm. From Korean dramas to Korean pop music, people all over the world are raving about everything Korean. This is where the Korean beauty Song Hye-kyo comes in. Her fresh face and superb acting skills have earned her a sizeable fan base all over the world.
Song Hye-Kyo is already 35, but one wouldn’t really be able to tell just by looking at her. She entered the entertainment industry in 1996 at 14 years old when she won first place in the SunKyung Smart Model Contest.
Since then, Song Hye-kyo has been appearing in shows and television series. However, it was in 2000 when she landed the leading role in Autumn in My Heart that she rose to international fame. This was followed by All In 2003 and Full House in 2004.
Song Hye-kyo’s casting in lead roles coincided with the Korean wave, making her a Hallyu star. The success of her dramas helped her become one of the most well-known South Korean actresses in Asia. As she continued making more dramas, she immediately caught worldwide fame.
As Korean beauty products became more popular all over the world, Song Hye-kyo’s face became even more recognizable. She is the face of several beauty brands. Earlier this year, Forbes magazine ranked her in 7th place in its Korea Power Celebrity list.
India has no shortage of beautiful women – from beauty queens to Bollywood actresses. One of the most notable Indian actresses at present is Priyanka Chopra. This Indian beauty is an actress, singer, film producer, philanthropist, and beauty queen.
In 2000, Priyanka Chopra represented India in the Miss World pageant and took home the crown. After winning Miss India World and Miss World 2000, Priyanka started receiving numerous offers for lead roles in films. In 2003, she made her Bollywood debut.
Priyanka’s career as an actress has not always been smooth-sailing, however. By 2006, she was already a sought-after leading lady in India. She encountered a brief setback after starring in a number of poorly received films but regained popularity in 2008.
At present, Priyanka is one of the highest paid celebrities in India. She also has an international following. She was awarded the National Film Award as well as five Filmfare Awards. Just last year, the Indian Government awarded her with the Padma Shri Award.
But Priyanka is more than just a talented actress with a pretty face. She is also involved in a lot of international organizations. She has been working with UNICEF for around 10 years. She has also been appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights.
As Asian gets more representation in mainstream Western media, more people are seeing a shift in beauty standards. These five women are just five of the most influential Asian women at present. They have taken the world by storm not just with their beauty, but also with their wit and talent.
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