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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

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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 (128d ago)
v.17 c.109 by Midnight Dawn Scans (304d ago)
c.108 by Midnight Dawn Scans (407d 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 (951 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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January 24th 2015, 4:17pm 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 #524 increased(+91)
Monthly Pos #626 decreased(-45)
3 Month Pos #563 decreased(-325)
6 Month Pos #539 decreased(-224)

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On 2930 reading lists
On 953 wish lists
On 561 completed lists
On 187 unfinished lists
On 474 custom lists

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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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all the comparisons...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by angelfire_aja
July 17th, 2009, 7:52pm
as i have expected, most comments would do the comparing thing to other manga, not just manga but famous ones too. certainly, i would love to(compare) but having this manhua giving me a 'similar' feel to a manga i have REALLY enjoyed is something that makes it great. people can never help but compare but i'd say it's one very good manhua. *thumbs up*
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Fast paced fashion manhua   
Rating: N/A
by kujika
November 22nd, 2008, 9:46am
I interpreted it another way ^_^

She was not enamored to the man in the poster in a "girl-man" way, but for discovering that modeling might not only be an empty superficial thing. Let's say she was utterly fascinated.

At first we all believe that male model is her main drive to become a model too, but after one scene with Eros on the bench I think he just awoke some kind of yearning in her. She hates the fashion world because of what happened to her parents, but at the same time she feels empty inside, not knowing what to do with her life. Actually she always wanted to do what her mother loved I guess...

But I must agree, she can be a bit annoying at times <_<
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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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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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