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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?

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Manhua

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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

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Latest Release(s)
v.18 c.110 (end) by Midnight Dawn Scans & Twisted Mist (219d ago)
v.17 c.109 by Midnight Dawn Scans (395d ago)
c.108 by Midnight Dawn Scans (498d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (956 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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April 1st 2015, 6:32am 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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Weekly Pos #569 increased(+42)
Monthly Pos #698 increased(+33)
3 Month Pos #679 decreased(-46)
6 Month Pos #678 decreased(-96)

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Manhua   
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by -`KayalhawK-
April 21st, 2009, 11:23am
MANHUA. So many comments are reviewing this as if it were a manga, or even a manhwa. All three styles have distinctly different aspects and details to them. This is a MANHUA. And a very good one, at that!

... Last updated on April 21st, 2009, 11:25am
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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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If you love..   
Rating: 6.4 / 10.0
by QuinnLee
October 28th, 2013, 5:23am
...melodrama then by all means this is the manhua for you.

I did appreciate the refreshing pace of the story and its characters when I had initially followed it prior to it becoming more popular. Let me just say, it was lovely! The characterisation of Lele, the mentor-student relationship she developed with Eros, her going from strength-to-strength in her modeling career.. you could only think the story would move forward in leaps and bounds.

I was severely disappointed. They had to add in that extra element of an emotionally unstable twin brother (it honestly seems like he should be clinically deemed as a psychopath), and a love rival in the form of a more beautiful Feidna. The tropes kept popping up one after another. It was endless (almost as endless as the number of people Angus has bedded in this series).

Anyway, now that I've written a review almost as equally as melodramatic as this manhua, it's time I unveil my rating for it: 6.4 out of 10.

Character growth: 7 (strong at beginning; currently at a level of stagnation as the plotline seems to be solely focused on the bizarre Lele-Angus-Eros love triangle)
Plotline: 6 (had some originality to it.. however, becoming abit dry now)
Aesthetic appeal: 7 (I do enjoy the drawings, but sometimes she draws their features too harshly [very angular, not soft like how human features are supposed to be])
Personal enjoyment: 5.5 (I did love it, but if I'm rating this based on the recent chapters I'll have to say it truly deserves this mark).

... Last updated on October 28th, 2013, 5:25am
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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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great!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by black.rOses
January 12th, 2010, 12:14am
It's different from other manga/manhwa/manhua i've read. Although it involves fame and things like that i didn't hate it, in fact i love it. The characters are humorous, and they're awesome. The art is wonderful she actually looks pretty when she's modeling. The heroin isn't the always successful with a few failure kind of girl. Reading the manhua is like watching her life and how she's growing, without noticing it she's grown into a woman!
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perfect!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mangalover
August 4th, 2008, 12:15pm
Wow. I just read 6 volumes of this manhua, and I have to say that it´s REALLY good!
The characters have development as the story progresses, like for example, Lele becomes stronger and more determined (because of something that will happen to her grandmother, which I can´t tell here), and I like the fact that the story revolves around fate, and sometimes there are kinda unexpected situations!
The art is amazing! Oh, and besides Taiwan, the story is also set in Japan, and later New York (!), because of Lele´s career, it´s very creative isn´t it! And you get to see this world of fashion, and plus the romance is also not very rushed, and as you read the story, well, when I finished reading the 6th volume, it made me realize that all this time they Eros and Lele were meant to be with each other but they still haven´t realized that one is the other´s strength. Well, Lele "unconsciously" relys on him a lot! But she also moved him with her words...
I really am in love with this manhua, and the bishies really remind me of Takumi from Nana! But after some time you get used and they kinda have their own personalities so they´re not that similar, maybe only the face.

... Last updated on September 7th, 2008, 6:34am
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omgoodness   
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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Be Careful   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by JapanRocks
February 16th, 2015, 7:47pm
I get the feeling that most of the 10 ratings are for the early chapters, when it was actually interesting. The first couple of chapters are brilliant. The characters and the plot was very engaging. But then the drama went through the roof. It wasn't a quietly addicting drama, more like a"What NOW?" drama.
Still I'd recommend it. Like the other reviewer said the first half of the manhwa is REALLY worth reading. And if you want a soap opera that's already finished, then it's waiting for you. This is just a small alert for potential readers that want something that deserves all the 10s. By the later chapters, it was not worth that for me.
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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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