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The One  
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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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18 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (914 votes)
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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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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 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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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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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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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