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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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v.18 c.110 (end) by Midnight Dawn Scans & Twisted Mist (367d ago)
v.17 c.109 by Midnight Dawn Scans (543d ago)
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18 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (977 votes)
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sailorliones
April 7th, 2009, 6:26am
it's good, but it's not one of the best i've read. at a few times i've been "what?" simply because some actions are sometimes cut short while others are elongated needlessly. overall, i would recommend this as a great read.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by XXmangaXX
February 13th, 2008, 6:09pm
Such a great story! It's so sad that I can't order and buy it in english already! Nikki is a fine author who draws beautifully. I wish the updating would be quicker, but I am thankful for the hard work of the translators. Really recommended.
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The One   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Yo!!
September 12th, 2013, 10:46pm
Still can't figure out why the title is 'The One'..?

Anyway, It has been more than a year that I stopped reading this manga, I came to Baka to check it's scan progress, too bad it's been a year since a new chapter has released. I read till around 80 chapters and rejoiced on the fact that
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the leads finally did it xP ;)
The only thing in the story that has yet to fall in place is
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the hero's revenge plot and his twin's love life with that older guy. Sorry don't remember the names xP

As for liking the series, yes, it was really good. I read it at a stretch a few years ago and so found some of the chapters stagnant. Overall, a good impression, pretty deep with characters having their own physiological problems to deal with.The story began with the main focus on the fashion industry but as it progressed, it began to stress more on personal lives, which kinda blew it out of proportion. It's just my personal view, so no harm done. I like the series which is no average shoujo or josie, mind.
I would definitely recommend it and if you liked this series then don't forget to read YOUTH GONE WILD; Nikki's other work. I'd pick the latter to read any day over THE ONE.
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Rating: N/A
by cecixiao78
August 18th, 2010, 6:08pm
I've only started reading the manga and it was just so funny> i didn't think its was gonna be good but its actually is not bad but i still perfer skip beat but since i'm only on chapter 3 i can't compare them just yet it would be unfair for this manga but its so funnny!!! This beginning is kinda rushed thou if you read it you'll kno. OMG the characters look so much alike from the character in Fugi Yugi except differ personalities

I really love Eros he is so hot and his personality is so mysterious i want to kno more about him and what will happen between lele and the other brother Angus too

so im on volume six and OMG its so good. the manga is like nana and skip beat together, there is some part similiar to nana and some similar to skip beat its really good. but sometimes you would get the rushed feeling...

Now towards the end, it's actually not as good as before because i feel like they rushed everything and didn't show as much modeling as before like in skip beat and I only continued reading this because I thought it'll be similar to skip beat.

... Last updated on October 7th, 2014, 1:30pm
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I LOVE it!   
Rating: N/A
by wandachan
March 23rd, 2009, 6:32pm
I don't tend to like mangas with superficial things like looks, but omg I love this one. I'm so dying to find out what happens next. It hurts. I hope there is a new release soon. T_T
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by walkingstick
April 8th, 2014, 12:10am
Hey really, i've been waiting for the last volume for so long. I, who couldn't find the manga in my area, am only relying on online manga-reading sites. So please update! I'm rotting here
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yeran
March 19th, 2009, 3:19pm
This manhua is beautifully drawn, and, with the exception of the fourth volume, has a plot that -goes- somewhere. The fourth volume was pretty much just an excuse to make her more serious about her career. Now that all that tediousness is done with, bring on the beautiful clothing, models, and bishilicious main love interest. I am such a sucker for long, silky straight hair on men.

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2009, 10:14pm
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Not that special   
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by piranha
June 27th, 2012, 3:07pm
You can definitely see a lot of influence from Ai Yazawa's (NANA) work. It's in the way the author draws people's expressions and their behavior, such as the whole 'sweatdrop in the middle of forehead' and 'spontaneously bemoaning my fate while freaking people out' thing.

The art is okay at some points. It could be good if the author spent more time on it.

Overall, the manga itself is okay. It's nothing special. The girl is your average teenager who just happens to become a successful model while somehow not looking that special compared to the other models, and in the middle there's some tragic drama.

Read this on a rainy day.
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I love it!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by rianna2008
February 27th, 2009, 12:14pm
After reading XileDragon 's comment, I feeling like I have to leave this comment...
Skip beat, Cat Street and The One focus on different things: Skip beat focus on the main heroine, and the acting industry; Cat street focus on the main heroine and how she over come her past etc; The One focus more on the romance aspect of it.
It really depends on what you like ...I personally like The One more than skip beat, since I am a huge fan of romance...
As for the art, I wouldn't say it is very very good, but I would say it is properly one of the best when it compares with other Manhua! (oh, just in case you are not aware of it, it is a manhua, so it properly has a very different art style compare with manga!)
As for their personalities, what make you feel thier characters are not distinguishable enough confused I personally wouldn't say the heroine, Lele, has a very distinguishable personality, since her personality is just like one of those typical shoujo heroine(ie. innocent). however, I find other main characters, such as Eros and Angus have a very distinguishable personalities, and there is more depth into the their characters as the story progresses.
Overrall, I do find most of the characters likeable.
Give it a try!

... Last updated on February 27th, 2009, 3:02pm
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A cross between Kiki and Aizawa   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by anibebe
September 7th, 2012, 6:39am
Managed to survive 14 volumes though I still can't figure out why. I'm not particularly fond of the fashion world to begin with so I can't even begin to understand why one would go to the extreme of breaking family ties to push another to pursue a catwalk-dream. It's not as if modelling is a job that heals, feeds, creates or produces anything for society. Maybe the art, beautiful boys, angst, BL bits, quirky characters and reality-bites-darkness kind of reminded me of Kiki's style. Perhaps it's amusing that her girls appear very Yazawa-ish.

... Last updated on September 8th, 2012, 7:40pm
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