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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 (252d ago)
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18 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (961 votes)
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The One   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Yo!!
September 12th, 2013, 10:46pm
Still can't figure out why the title is 'The One'..?

Anyway, It has been more than a year that I stopped reading this manga, I came to Baka to check it's scan progress, too bad it's been a year since a new chapter has released. I read till around 80 chapters and rejoiced on the fact that
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the leads finally did it xP ;)
The only thing in the story that has yet to fall in place is
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the hero's revenge plot and his twin's love life with that older guy. Sorry don't remember the names xP

As for liking the series, yes, it was really good. I read it at a stretch a few years ago and so found some of the chapters stagnant. Overall, a good impression, pretty deep with characters having their own physiological problems to deal with.The story began with the main focus on the fashion industry but as it progressed, it began to stress more on personal lives, which kinda blew it out of proportion. It's just my personal view, so no harm done. I like the series which is no average shoujo or josie, mind.
I would definitely recommend it and if you liked this series then don't forget to read YOUTH GONE WILD; Nikki's other work. I'd pick the latter to read any day over THE ONE.
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A cross between Kiki and Aizawa   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by anibebe
September 7th, 2012, 6:39am
Managed to survive 14 volumes though I still can't figure out why. I'm not particularly fond of the fashion world to begin with so I can't even begin to understand why one would go to the extreme of breaking family ties to push another to pursue a catwalk-dream. It's not as if modelling is a job that heals, feeds, creates or produces anything for society. Maybe the art, beautiful boys, angst, BL bits, quirky characters and reality-bites-darkness kind of reminded me of Kiki's style. Perhaps it's amusing that her girls appear very Yazawa-ish.

... Last updated on September 8th, 2012, 7:40pm
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Decent Read   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jurippe
July 11th, 2012, 6:44pm
Good Manga about modelling however nothing special with the main character. Very typical. Wimpy, funny then determine and becomes wimpy again personality. Falls for the next good looking guy, got rejected & then showed some sign that's she's in love type. What set this manhua from other shojo manga apart, is that it has more LGBT than straight characters and that the story sometimes focus on the struggles of an LGBT character. Overall the manga have good steady plot but nothing remarkable to be called special or rare.
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Not that special   
Rating: N/A
by piranha
June 27th, 2012, 3:07pm
You can definitely see a lot of influence from Ai Yazawa's (NANA) work. It's in the way the author draws people's expressions and their behavior, such as the whole 'sweatdrop in the middle of forehead' and 'spontaneously bemoaning my fate while freaking people out' thing.

The art is okay at some points. It could be good if the author spent more time on it.

Overall, the manga itself is okay. It's nothing special. The girl is your average teenager who just happens to become a successful model while somehow not looking that special compared to the other models, and in the middle there's some tragic drama.

Read this on a rainy day.
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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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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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One of my Favourites   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by rvmr
May 7th, 2012, 7:46pm
I totally love this manga! Art's good, story's nice, fashion is awesome, and there's character growth! (Added bonus!)

I disagree with Baniita. Try to get past chapter 29, OK? Yes, she's annoying in the beginning, but she grows. And please don't hate on her because of her grandma. *spoiler alert* Privileged people like us have no idea how hard it is to lose the only person that looked after them. People react to things differently, so please calm down. And just like how straight people can become gay, gay people can become straight. It's the soul that counts, not the body. Don't worry so much about how it's worded. Angus is very important to Eros' story, and is a part of Lele's growth, too. You are reviewing the work without getting to the main story.

Potential readers, please don't be dissuaded. I recommend this manhua, especially considering Nicky Lee's art is unique to the style and the story is enjoyable.
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Just hit chapter 29.   
Rating: N/A
by Baniita
May 7th, 2012, 10:27am
Okay, I am seriously out of here. Now I remember why I don't read manwha/manhua. Though the art is good, and the fashion designs are gorgeous... The tone and writing are borderline retarded and are completely inconsistent. The scenes are overly melodramatic. The main character is seriously annoying and goes into spaz attacks randomly in a way that is not at all amusing.
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Her "world shattered" and she was unconscious over a week over her dead grandma?! Jesus Christ, woman. She's old. Old people die. And no, she's not at peace in heaven, she's probably decomposing in the ground or burnt to smithereens.

What's the worse part about this manga I absolutely cannot stand is that apparently, gay people can be turned straight. Lele's father wasn't even gay. His lover, on the other hand--I want to rip the author to shreds when that guy said "when I used to be gay". USED TO BE gay? ...I don't even. No. No, it doesn't work that way. Sorry, author, maybe you've had a crush on a gay guy before but he's not going to look your way. Get over it.

Also, what exactly is the purpose of Angus, exactly? I mean, from the beginning, I was always more interested in Eros. Personally, I prefer Eros with the stubble.

Ugh, I stayed as long as I did for the art, but I just can't anymore. :X

...Also, please don't compare this to Skip Beat. The tone is completely different and the heroine isn't just some woman with nothing but love on her mind. Kyoko is a badass, and isn't a whiny unprofessional brat. She doesn't waver in her determination unlike Lele. That manga actually focuses on developing her talents, instead of here how Lele miraculously just pulls amazing out of her rear. (Well, Skip Beat has its own flaws, but the writing itself is flawless. It's also actually funny.)

... Last updated on May 7th, 2012, 10:47am
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holy crap   
Rating: N/A
by Bebe~
March 2nd, 2012, 4:42pm
The first time I read this, it was when it first came out. Now there's 11 volumes! I wish I didn't catch up so fast. I really like the story line. Lele developed into a great model and her personality matured (even if she's still silly around Eros, Angus and her friends! I'm excited for the future chapters!
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This was amazing.   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by CurlyJoe
February 3rd, 2012, 11:44pm
On my all time list this makes the top 5. The drawing, though very angular, is gorgeous and bold.The eyes are done amazingly, so heavy lidded and expressive! The characters are given so much depth you really reach out to them. It's funny, but also very melancholic. I love both Eros and Angus, each of them has that dark edge that makes them seem like more vibrant characters. I never even expected Angus to be given so much depth! My heart ached for them so much X'( The time line is done nicely, I can even tell the time passing by the heroine's hair. The costume designs are gorgeous, it is realistic enough to make me believe that it was inspired by real cover models biggrin This story has compelled me to read into what will be 3 in the morning by the time I'm done, and I have to get up at 6. It is that good.

... Last updated on March 28th, 2012, 1:24pm
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