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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

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Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.109 by Midnight Dawn Scans (61d ago)
c.108 by Midnight Dawn Scans (164d ago)
c.107 by Midnight Dawn Scans (210d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (889 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.54 / 10.0
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July 15th 2014, 2:04am 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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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #407 increased(+54)
Monthly Pos #474 decreased(-27)
3 Month Pos #304 decreased(-21)
6 Month Pos #287 decreased(-22)

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On 3242 reading lists
On 946 wish lists
On 124 completed lists
On 180 unfinished lists
On 438 custom lists

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melodrama...   
Rating: 7.0 / 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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Is this ganna be finished soon or not   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by imaan
September 17th, 2013, 8:03am
people i'm dying here ...this is clearly a piece of wonderful art not to mention a great plot so why on earth is the author talking this long to finish it.....is it to torment us loyal readers or what.....

In nut shell:
can anyone tell me when is this ganna end ...its been years since i started reading this ..&...its unfair to leave us hanging ...come on have some mercy and finish it ....please ....pretty please >< =~=....
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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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a must read   
Rating: N/A
by xChocolateMINT
March 18th, 2011, 1:35am
I LOVE this manga!! It is one of my favorite things I've read so far (and I've read a lot of manga).. I saw this a long time ago and decided not to read it but recently saw it on here and I'm Sooo happy I read it.. I kno its a long manga and is still going but I'm happy its still going I hate it when mangas seem cut short and the ending is bad (or if rushed).And although their are a ot of chapters there's usually only about 30pgs each chapter). As I read I totally seen parts of nana and skip beat and even a little of crimson hero (bc lele had a little bit of a tom boyish style). All in all I would recommend pple to read it. I can't wait till the rest of the chapters come out, I really want to see what happens to all the characters!!
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Love it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by 1amc00lt00
January 30th, 2011, 11:24pm
This series is really great! At first I was hesitating to read it because I don't usually read manhuas but then I was bored so I started reading it. It turned out really interesting and I'm really glad that I read it and I'm really looking forward to more releases.
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Beautiful but not memorable   
Rating: N/A
by enaikelt
May 11th, 2010, 8:14pm
Overall, this is actually a very mature, josei-style manhua, even though the girl is in her late teens (so you'd think it would be a shoujo.) There seem to be a lot of (mostly gay) people having sex with each other left and right, and the author doesn't pull punches with character death.

Unfortunately, while the art is lovely and the plot is interesting, but it never really gripped me. For a high rising model, Lele is drawn in chibi form way too often, which really jars you; I could never quite reconcile her very plain chibi form with the fact that she is supposed to be pretty, so her talent never really impressed itself on me, unlike the twins. One aspect I really enjoyed was how easy it was to tell the twins apart by personality, without them being drawn differently. It was a great portrayal and I really liked it! =D Actually, I liked the twins much better in the beginning of the plot; and Lele much better toward the end.

P.S. No, Humpty Tortie... you are not! bigrazz

... Last updated on May 11th, 2010, 8:17pm
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Highly Recommended   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by goal
April 14th, 2009, 6:35am
I am looking for well drawn mature romance mangas. And I havn't found many out there. I am thoroughly enjoying this manga. The plot is well drafted and the story is modern, dealing with modelling and the fashion industry. All other aspects like humour, supporting characters and plot are well balanced and sufficient to support the romance between Lele & Eros. That is the highlight of the manga, as far as I am concerned. Both characters are magnetic and charasmatic.
Even though a new release takes about 2 months, it is still worth it for me smile

... Last updated on September 15th, 2009, 3:21pm
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wow...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by chillli
February 13th, 2014, 10:00am
I only keep reading because supposedly there are only a few chapters left, and it would bug the hell out of me if I dropped it so close to the ending. BUT! like the other commenters mentioned before, it got so mediocre, melodramatic and down-right so-bad-I-have-to-laugh-out-loud that it's basically a south-american soap opera now. The only thing missing is the for the characters to speak alone in the room, facing the readers while revealing their secret evil plan to get revenge on someone who is not really related to them but has amnesia and carries their babies simultaneously.
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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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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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