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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 (373d ago)
v.17 c.109 by Midnight Dawn Scans (549d ago)
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18 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (977 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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Oh oh oh, stick to the stuff you know!   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by jojalee
November 17th, 2015, 3:18am
I really love this Manhua, don't get me wrong, the first half is superb. It has so much personality and the relationships between characters and Lele's struggle in the fashion world were awesome, however things changed more than half way through. Unfortunately, Nikki decided to focus too much on the romance aspect of the story and also focused too much on the twins. The twins storylines seem so unneeded, this was supposed to be a manga about a woman traversing the world of fashion to make it as big and bigger than her parents whilst finding love and friendship along the way. Unfortunately it ended up packing in melodrama where it didn't need to be. There is stuff within it that you'll read and then make you wonder why the hell it is even happening when it doesn't add anything to the story really and plot really. Again, beware of the unneeded drama.
In all, I truly wished the manhua had just stuck to Lele. I didn't need all the other side stuff that ended up being just ridiculous.

... Last updated on November 17th, 2015, 3:19am
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Rating: N/A
by hangluu
September 6th, 2015, 7:42am
This manga is funny as fuck. The main leads are hot as hell. There is a lot a lot of yaoi undertone in this manga and the smut didnt really appear until the later chapters (barely counts as smut).. All in all, enjoyable read. It seems I love this mangaka's work a lot more than i thought. Oh there is a small cameo of Youth Gone Wild in here... Which i like
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Why are you reading this? Go read it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Meilee123
August 9th, 2015, 2:10pm
Yeah yeah, it's good. It's superb. It's not perfect. eh. It was better in the beginning. The reason why I think it's not perfect is because
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The ending! The ending is so unrealistic. Everyone just magically ended up feeling happy. Their happiness is justified but each one of them being happy is unrealistic. For example Anji, Young Qiu (best friend), Leo and Yang all found someone.
But I guess this manga was made with the intention of a fairytale ending.
I read this manga twice btw and it was great both times but the second time always allows me to find faults in the manga. Looking through it again, you know, I kind of begin to count how many ridiculous things happen to further the plot.
The problems are solved too shoujo-y and theres no room for mysteriousness.
Also, the time skips are too easy, there's no grime.

On a personal note, I feel kind of disappointed that Angus didn't end up with Yang. When I read The One the first time, it was during monthly releases and I waited so long that I completely forgot who Yang and Amber were, so I went with the flow on how Amber was there to help Angus the whole time and that's how they ended up together. However reading back on it again, I feel like Angus should have been more conflicted on who he liked after regaining his memories. There were hints of him liking Yang. Ending up with Amber is a simple and easy fix to a happy ending. Too easy! Oh, falling in love with the one who cared for and comforted you? How conventional. Not that Yang or Ulleseeys didn't do that.

Btw, if you thought the jokes were funny, they are even better if you understand Mandarin haha. Lou shang haha hah .. hah

... Last updated on August 9th, 2015, 2:22pm
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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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Good but...   
Rating: N/A
by Giuliabonnie
January 19th, 2015, 4:57pm
The way psycho characters pop out and do any kind of insane actions to other people without consequences makes me think this manhua is sci-fi. The idea is good but after a while it becomes worst than a mexican telenovela.
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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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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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Something worth reading   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by shinorei
February 18th, 2014, 7:54am
This was one manga where the character development went from zero to hundred in the first few chapters so that the manhua jia had the opportunity to use the mid-to-last chapters to describe the drama faced by the characters in the modelling world. (possibly real-life dramas, but nothing too exaggerated I hope!)

I recommend this manhua because of how real Lele could be in terms of personality. She is not weak like the other female leads, and she doesn't cry as often but she still cries because she's a girl and she works hard for what she wants - granted that she's quite lucky because she turned out to be so successful. The male leads are okay - despite having long hair they still look great in the manhua so plus points for the good art factor here.

Plot-wise there isn't much scheming going around but definitely a lot of drama concerning most of the characters. Depending on your tolerance-level sometimes it might frustrate you but it's fun reading how the characters deal with it and how some of them support each other through it.

I recommend this manhua for those just looking for a relaxing but stimulating read, something to pass their time without putting much thought into it.
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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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