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Cane Lele was born into the fashion industry. Her mother, Ye Fei Yi, was Taiwan's top model, and her father was also a model, until a tragic airplane crash left Lele without parents. Therefore, it is no surprise that Lele hates the industry, thinking it superficial and unnecessary.

Raised by her maternal grandmother, Lele reaches seventeen before she is sucked in by her mother's sister, Ye Fei Hong, a fashion model agent (and former model), convinces the reluctant Lele to model. Lele had been adverse to the whole idea, until she sees a photo shoot of popular American model Angus Lanson, and she begins to see modeling as an art form.

When Aunt Fei Hong's magazine editor invites Angus Lanson to a meeting of all the top fashion ambassadors, Lele is invited to meet him and is very curious. She does not know that Angus' twin elder brother, Eros Lanson, is secretly accompanying his brother. This obviously leads to confusion and is the start of a charming story of Lele's goals: fashion in NYC, becoming a top model, and love?


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v.18 c.110 (end) by Midnight Dawn Scans & Twisted Mist (368d ago)
v.17 c.109 by Midnight Dawn Scans (544d ago)
c.108 by Midnight Dawn Scans (647d ago)
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18 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (977 votes)
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Gingeh
November 11th, 2010, 10:13am
I really shouldn't judge, since this series isn't complete yet, and maybe it'll get better.
But right now (volume ten, chapter 71), I'm just confused. I no longer have any idea of what's going on in the story, and it doesn't look like it's going to get clearer any time soon.

What little romance there was, has fizzled. Lele is off doing...something, the twins are having drama, and there's a whole lot of seemingly pointless sex with random people thrown thrown in for good measure.

I can't even tell Eros and Angus apart anymore; sometimes, the scene randomly switches to the other twin, and it will take me several pages to figure that out.

Also, I feel like the author has introduced too many new characters too closely together - I can't remember who anyone is, let alone what the main characters' relationships with said strangers are.

But the beginning was excellent, and the characters - especially the twins - are good. And I appreciate that the heroine is far from the usual shoujo stereotype.
It's only lately that everything seems to have gone downhill. Maybe it'll get better - if so, I'll be sure to revise this.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2011, 3:22pm
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by HumptyTortie
February 22nd, 2010, 9:51am
Man I tell you, it's all good. I wasn't expecting much with the storyline and the art, but surprisingly, it was awesome. The first few chapters were alright and the author kept the comedy and romance at a nice pace. Listen up. The climax is totally left at the later volumes. Heart gripping, tear jerking emotions would totally climb onto you. And BAM! Sorry, you can't stop yourself from reading it already.The recent chapters c60 onwards, are really &^*&^!, leaving you wanting for more.
And then, there is always something that would surprise you.

P.S : Am I the only one who thinks that there is a hell lot of shounen ai cases !?
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kamelot
May 22nd, 2011, 10:16am
This manhua is truly a masterpiece. The drawings are gorgeous and the characters are portrayed in a very realistic way, you can guess their personality just by looking at them. Every character in this manhua does not disappoint, all of them having a more or less sad background and a side that sometimes makes you admire them. I persoanly like Lele, even though at the beginning her clumsy and carefree persoanlity was something refreshing, once she started to chase certain goals she became a real model, not only a fashion model, but a life model as well. However this manhwa teaches an important lesson, you can't do everything by yourself, eveyone has to rely on somebody at least once. However, typical for all shoujo works, this one maintains its own cliches. I would rather place this one between the josei and shoujo border since it has elements from both sides. The only thing i hate is the slow romance development, oh boy this element might make this manhua go downhill but i think that with more encounters the relationships will deepen.

Realistic, contemporan, intriguing, thought-provoking, humorous, dramatic (when it needs to be), this is what describes The One. It is really refreshing to watch characters carry out their dreams going all out just to achieve their goals because in my opinion, only strong people can chase and fulfill their dreams.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by octoberangel
December 3rd, 2010, 6:02am
Another fantastic manga that's been dragged on too long, gone off on a completely different tangent and tried to incorporate too many 'popular' themes in one hit. The first 50 chapters or so are deep and moving, but later chapters are really just fillers and not worth anyone's time.
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Excellent Story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Molenir
January 17th, 2010, 3:48pm
After reading the synopsis of the story, I really wasn't all that interested, but decided to give it a shot anyway. Midway through the first volume, I realized I was really enjoying the story, and downloaded the second and third volumes as well. After reading the second volume, I went ahead and grabbed all that was available at the time. To put it simply, this is a fun, enjoyable romance story, set amidst a story about fame and fashion. What makes this story so enjoyable however is the humor involved in the story. I also like how the people seem to be mostly decent, not evil and scheming. That kind of happy story, makes things much more enjoyable, even if its a bit less realistic. Overall, I definitely recommend this manga. Glad I read it, and looking forward to more.
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love it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by honeyyclover
August 20th, 2009, 6:50pm
I really love this series. This is my first time reading a manhua, and I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed. At first, I thought this was such a rip-off of Skip Beat! but although there are some very similar points, The One is amazing on its own. Lele is such a diverse character. She's innocent, but not really, and she's funny and carefree, but she has also gone through a lot of stuff. I love the realationship between Eros and Lele.

The only bad thing I would say about this is that it how fast she rises to being a top model is unrealistic. But that can be forgiven. wink

On the subject of comparing mangas/manhuas/manhwas I really don't care what the name is; it's basically still the same medium. I will say that I love Nicky Lee's style of drawing though! It shows so much emotion and sensuality. Definitely a must read!
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One of my favourite, sooo refreshing!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Crazycat_kiss
June 1st, 2012, 1:57pm
Different from what we're used to read and hilarous on top if that! I simply LOVE this manhwa and I'm always looking forward for any update... too bad it will never be licenced and sold in a book otherwise I would have bought it for sure!
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It's entertaining to read.   
Rating: N/A
by flowerzan
April 15th, 2009, 9:17am
I would have to agree with some comments. This manhwa, unlike skip beat, focuses more on the romance part of the story. Thus, I think it's inappropriate for both stories to be compared. It's like comparing a cake to a bacon.

I honestly don't understand why some people are irritated with the main heroine. I'm more irritated with shoujo style characters who are weak, vulnerable, and are simply idiotic. Lele, may at times be a cry baby but in a cute way. She's a gullible character but not so gullible that she will allow herself to be raped or beaten up. She does stand up for herself and her beliefs.

I've read the latest story of The One and I have never felt bored with it (maybe it's also because of the humor in the stories). I actually look forward to the development of romance in the story. I look forward to knowing the twins' past. I look forward to how Lele will mature as a person and as a model.

Also, people shouldn't compare this manhwa to how mangas are drawn. The characters are not drawn similar to mangas where eyes are humongous. Their more closely similar to how human figures are drawn. Honestly, I prefer how the characters are drawn in this manhwa. It's more mature. Of course the manhwa may seem badly drawn for others because their comparing it to mangas which has a different drawing style. I personally think it's drawn quite nicely. It's detailed. The characters' eyes are expressive.
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Something worth reading   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by shinorei
February 18th, 2014, 7:54am
This was one manga where the character development went from zero to hundred in the first few chapters so that the manhua jia had the opportunity to use the mid-to-last chapters to describe the drama faced by the characters in the modelling world. (possibly real-life dramas, but nothing too exaggerated I hope!)

I recommend this manhua because of how real Lele could be in terms of personality. She is not weak like the other female leads, and she doesn't cry as often but she still cries because she's a girl and she works hard for what she wants - granted that she's quite lucky because she turned out to be so successful. The male leads are okay - despite having long hair they still look great in the manhua so plus points for the good art factor here.

Plot-wise there isn't much scheming going around but definitely a lot of drama concerning most of the characters. Depending on your tolerance-level sometimes it might frustrate you but it's fun reading how the characters deal with it and how some of them support each other through it.

I recommend this manhua for those just looking for a relaxing but stimulating read, something to pass their time without putting much thought into it.
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Started out good, but then got too boring   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by nemo91591
May 31st, 2012, 12:37pm
This manga started out good, but then it just got really...long. I loved the characters at the beginning of the story, and the comedy was hilarious. The characters really began to develop as the manga went on; you got to see so many sides of every character. I liked that no character was really what he or she seemed to be at the beginning. There was just so much more to every character. The only problem with this manga is that it started getting somewhat dark and depressing, which may be appealing to a lot of people, but for me that just meant the manga started getting really boring. I liked the depth that came with the "dark and depressing" atmosphere, but I hated that the manga lost a lot of its light heartedness and comedy. Essentially the manga just got really boring for me. It's a good read, but just know that the atmosphere of the manga changes quite a bit as the story goes on.
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