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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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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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one my fav. manhwa   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by vdallen123
December 12th, 2011, 2:52pm
the reasons why it one of my fav is because there is great chatacter devalpment.
to me it is realistic and has realistic problems
i love the art too.

@childofsecrets: i agree with everything you said
@Inori Yuzuriha: i dont agree with anything you said. haha sorry no offence
-Why: to me she is like an everyday normal girl from this generation sure her mom and dad were previously famous modals but so what it was there job that they did for money its no diffrent from someone having a job that is limited and competitive like a governor or a realy high position at apple but, do you see there kids plastered on magazines or are they in like the latest gossip not realy and they go to a normol school like everybodyelse. sure she is a fan girl but not of Angus but she later finds out its Ying (what she calls him not Eros,also it the chinese name his mom gave him). i mean, come on what girl is not a fan of some type of idol like a model, actor/actress, band, or singer(haha even a guy should have at least have one, also i could just be one genre, for ex: my mom is a fan of an singer, even i have one of an band, singer, actor, actress.) the reason she becomes more serious and not some crazy fan girl if because she grew up and became an adult like everybody will. Lele also did have a goal she went into the modeling indrustry because she wanted to know more about Angos (later is Ling like i expained above) and become at the same level as him. also her aunt did not force her to model because of her
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granmothers death
it was because she had signed a 2 year contract so she could not leave in-tell two years. also to me it is realistic. you said she should not of became that famous within two years beacause of her looks but it is possible to be a famus model whom is not very pretty, the reason she got famous so fast is because she had a passionate air around the camra and could easily change her expression that look realisic. also Ying is not a famous movie director but runway director. and lastly the is a reason that Eros and Ying look alike because they are identical twins so you not supose to realy know who is who, the way you tell is the way they act aka personality.
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finished reading to Chapter 83   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by x_ariee_x
November 30th, 2011, 5:19pm
When I first read it, I thought it was by Yazawa Ai, because the art was kind of similar, but after checking and continuing reading it, i found the art was different in its own way. Also at first it reminded me of skip beat, but the plot is much more different. Overall, I really liked it! It has a lot of aspects that are similar to other mangas I've read, but Nicky presents it all in a unique way~~which I really like~~I would say though although the plot was good; sometimes it was also a little confusing; often its skipped from one point to another and it takes me awhile to adjust.(so it doesn't flow as nicely~) But on the bright side this is the first manga shojo manga I've read that also has gay characters( a bit of yaoi) so I like that too haha. Now I'm just a bit sad that I've finished reading it as I really want to know what happens next~~
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More Yaoi than shoujo romance   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by 1122shadows
November 9th, 2011, 3:12am
Although the main characters are straight, you're engulfed in the romances of secondary characters, often disturbing ones too. Old man with younger guy kind of stuff. Meanwhile there is little romance between the main characters but a whole lot of drama. It's not a bad read though, the story has potential but you just have to have the stomach for it.
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A good read indeed   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
August 30th, 2011, 2:19am
Well I must say at first I never thought I would read this but it was actually great! Really interesting, i want more if it. I realize that the plot does shift a lot now that I look back. The opening storyline is completely different than how it is in recent chapters and you see certain characters lesser and lesser (though they aren't really important ones so its fine). The feel of the story was great and consistant - changes were happening but it didnt make things worse or leave room for questions. The characters actions, emotions and reasoning for things seemed logical throughout the story. It's good to see characters that are realistic or at least have common sense. It gets a tad confusing towards the end but the plot is still good and not too crazy. It is a little melancholic but I liked that it wasn't just a shoujo that just jumped from conflict to easy happy ending. Also I felt it wasn't drenched in cliche themes (though realistically, all stories have some)

Well rounded main characters
Good shifting plot

... Last updated on November 5th, 2011, 8:07pm
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Lost For Words.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by slykid
August 13th, 2011, 2:42pm
I F**CKING LOOVE THIS OMG !! I'VE NEVER BEEN SOOOOO OBSESSED SOMEBODY HELP ME IT'S TOO HARD LETTING THIS GOOOO! OMG THIS IS THE BEST THERE I'VE SAID IT NOTHING CAN COMPARE ! I never thought I would like this and I don't usually post upbeat comments like this but gosh this manga is amazing , lele the heroine is not annoying and I really fell like I know her and Angus and EROS woow !! , I never thought id like them cuz of there long hair but they are greeat .there was a period where lele wasn't happy but she soon changed back immediately so dw and yeah the romance does slightly take a back sit but trust me not in a bad way that affects the plot . I'm now on 79 and i was so worried becuz of the reviews saying that layer chapters suck but Wttf noo I'm not seeing that I'm being series this is amazing I actually can't find the way to describe it I just am amazed at the real depth and work put in this you get to know each and every character and it feels soo real, I'm actually upset that I'm now going to have to wait ages for more chapters and not knowing weather the outcomes gonna be good and I'm afraid I may lose interest after a long period of time like other manga and it will feel weird but I just can't wait for more I never would of thought that this would turn out to be the best manga (manga ,manhua ,meh) I've ever read ons woow the ending on chapter 79 :00 anyway just give it a try trust me.!! Oh and the arts great hehe!

EDIT: erm oh wow this reviews a little creepy... I haven't read this since and only 2 chapters have been released ...tbh, I don't think I can get into this anymore, its a sane but meh the mangaka or watever shouldn't of taken so freakin long, if you wanna read this, my advice is to wait until its completed :/ The one is still great though, I may have matured some more by the time this finishes and that's just depressing enough, its a shame but meh, So long The One .

... Last updated on April 11th, 2012, 3:01pm
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I've read till c79 so far.   
Rating: N/A
by tacit
August 1st, 2011, 8:45am
This is pretty different from Nicky Lee's previous works. I love how her art has evolved, and I like that there's a lot more character development in this manga. I actually like how romance takes a backseat, it's quite believable given Eros' character and past. It also elevates the manga to be more than a simple love story.

However, the story falters in the later chapters, and recent developments feel really contrived as the tone of the story shifts back and forth from tragic and disturbing to light and fluffy, even within the same chapter.

Will write more at a later date smile
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by purfect_kutie64
June 20th, 2011, 10:51pm
i've come across a good manhua biggrin . read beginning to recent chapters in one day! so glad that i finally decided to read it. it reminds me alot of the manga "Cipher". can't wait for more chapters.

... Last updated on June 20th, 2011, 10:53pm
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