Why can’t Thai magazines feature Thai girls in this manner? Why must the pooying in the pages of Image, Volume, Lips, et al look like drugged-out mannequins who’ve fallen into a laundry basket of rejected clothes and make-up? Why are they nothing like their fellow professionals from China, Korea, and Japan?
No one in Bangkok is able to satisfactorily answer these questions. I asked some photographers, and they suggested I speak to the stylists.
To understand what I mean, you need to look at the Vogue China I have in my hands. The cover alone is a foretaste of what lies inside. Shot by Patrick Demarchelier, it features Shue Pei and Mirte Maas in white, possibly marking a clean-white start to the lunar new year.
Inside, a spread shot by Max Vadukul, featuring Asia’s top models such as Japan’s Tao Okamoto and China’s Du Juan illustrates that non-Caucasian girls need not look like a stylist’s wayward experiment before they can look fashionably good. Thai editors take note.
Clockwise from top left: Liu Wen, Du Juan, Tao Okamoto, Danni Li, Liu Wen, Kiki Kang, Cheung Ping Hue