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The One  
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Description
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?

Type
Manhua

Related Series
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Associated Names
Номер один
Первый номер
الأولى
独领风骚
獨領風騷
Nghề người mẫu
Thế giới người mẫu

Groups Scanlating
KatScans
Midnight Dawn Scans
NOIR
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Latest Release(s)
v.18 c.110 (end) by Midnight Dawn Scans & Twisted Mist (1035d ago)
v.17 c.109 by Midnight Dawn Scans (1211d ago)
c.108 by Midnight Dawn Scans (1314d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1031 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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February 12th 2017, 1:44am PST


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Year
2006

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Serialized In (magazine)
Star Girls (Tong Li)
Young Flower (Tong Li)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Monthly Pos #555 increased(+23)
3 Month Pos #633 increased(+21)
6 Month Pos #652 decreased(-31)

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On 977 wish lists
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It's like a soap opera.   
Rating: 7.4 / 10.0
by Jeshia
December 4th, 2014, 1:54pm
It's a likable soap opera, mind you, but a soap opera nevertheless. IMHO, the first 50 or so chapters are great. Then it basically dissolves into classic soap opera episodes, some of the barely connected to one another. It also stays true to the shoujo drama, I would say, despite the smattering of realistic themes because the plot is just so contrived.
After a certain point, the arcs have you scratching your head wondering what a mess the plot has become, and the focus switches from character and career growth to long expositions of background story that don't feel at all necessary.
I feel that my review has become negative, but it isn't a bad manga. Yes, the author ruins a lot of her character development with the drama, but the relationship that Lele and Eros share is beneficial for both of them in a lot of ways. I appreciate that it's not a typical hot guy-because kind of romance. They both learn a lot from each other, even if it's difficult to see through the melodrama.
Also, this manga is funny. There are parts that are just overdone, so I can't say the comedy is always tastefully done, but at some parts you do get the feeling that it's making fun of its own melodrama. The main lead is at times borderline obnoxious, but somewhat relatable and quite funny, in my opinion. She's more than tolerable but not especially eye-catching, and I both love and hate the stubbornness and pride that she has and develops over the series. Eros is in a lot of ways the typical hot male lead, but what I love about this manhua is that it makes a point to talk about male vulnerability. All genders make relationship mistakes. All genders are allowed to cry about them. That openness is one of things that drew me to this manhua. I'm also just a sucker for stories about men who show their emotions.
Overall, this manhua isn't for everyone. It has way too much melodrama for it to be universally likable, and while the themes are somewhat relatable, they're also extremely romanticized. But it has it's good points, some of which I have listed above, and if those appeal to you, I recommend giving the first 50-ish chapters a read.

... Last updated on December 4th, 2014, 1:56pm
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Not as expected   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by plaiin
August 4th, 2014, 1:30am
Rather than following the arcs seen in Skip Beat, where the heroine displays her talent through actually doing it (acting or modelling), The One uses modelling as an accessory. It's there as a convenient tool to progress the plot, rather than actually being important. I guess I was hoping for more scenes where Lele shows that she CAN model under various circumstances (If I remember correctly, it was only once or twice), but instead, there's the relationship and dynamics between Lele and the twins. It becomes more of a corrupt story where the leads are manipulated into very toxic love relations due to complicated family, and it spirals into a more psychological story. It's very focused on the brothers, and how their relationship is actually the plot, rather than centring on Lele.
If you want to read something that talks about the psychology on abuse, this might be for you. However, it's not executed very well, and its all over the place.
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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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melodrama...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by butako chan
January 13th, 2014, 1:49am
This manhwa started off well, but as it neared its current chapters, the quality of it dropped. The plot is so mediocre and cliche. With a few plot twists here and there to prolong the separation of Lele and Eros. I remember reading this manhwa for the determination Lele has to get to the top of the industry. Instead, the focus of the entire story has been shifted. It's okay if it's a small part of the manhwa, but when the relationship of the 2 take over the entire mahwa, the original pull of the manhwa is lost and this just becomes a sappy melodrama. Additionally, anyone beside the main characters are forgetable. When characters are re-introduced into the plot, I have difficulty recalling them and am usually unable to remember who the hell they were. They are quite 2-dimensional and I often think that characters are conjured up just for the convenience of putting a plot twist. The manhwa's like "Remember this 'character' that showed up for one chapter? No? Well, he's now a major part of the next couple chapters until the main character no longer needs them smile " It is quite exhausting constantly having to scan through previous chapters. The character's infatuation with Angus also irked me. It was kind of baseless and ridiculous how almost EVERYONE was ready to unconditionally "love" Angus.

The stronger part of the story is perhaps the portrayal of the corruption and selfishness of the world. Among the happy sequences, darker subjects are also addressed. Each of the (main) cast has their share of hardships and while they're cliche, may add a layer to the characters.

... Last updated on January 15th, 2014, 11:58pm
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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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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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Awesome Read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shojojunkie
December 9th, 2009, 4:29pm
The love story is moving, the scenes are beautiful, the plot is dreamy and the art is surreal. Maybe the rise to fame thing is cliche but the romance is heart-warming. No waiting for anything to develop either. There's gratification for the romance part for every volume, but you're still not able to predict what will happen. Not much girly ga-ga lines here, except yours if you're a fan girl like me.
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AMAZING!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aquamarinecharlotte
September 12th, 2009, 9:24am
I was put off of this manga for a long time over the whole twin thing in the summary, i thought it was going to be one of those shallow love triangles. I am very happy that I was wrong, she can tell them apart obviously, and the romance is just cute! The manga is also hilarious, and super cute, and the drawing is just gorgeous. Definitely one to read.
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Loved it   
Rating: N/A
by Marei_23
August 3rd, 2009, 7:04pm
I'm actually shocked at how good it turned out. The first two volumes were boring but after that things really picked up in the story. This is the kind of manga you read on a rainy day with a hot cup of tea. I was drawn into the back story of Angus and Eros they both seem mysterious. Each brother has a scared past that makes the main female character empathic to there needs. I don't know who she'll chose in the end but a part of me hopes it's Angus. Then again Eros needs her the most...
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Manhua!   
Rating: N/A
by Loves-Tsubasa
July 8th, 2009, 10:50am
Wow I actually really like this Manhua It was really a shocker how good this has turned out. It really does have a Paradise Kiss feel to it, and the relationship is sort of like that of Skip Beat with Ren and Kyoko.
However, Manhua is different from Japanese Manga, and your comparing it to something thats not even in its category. This manga should be campared to its own Manhua such as Ingenuo.
Well with all the controversy on this Manhua its still very awesome. Im rooting for Eros in the end!!
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