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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.18 c.110 (end) by Midnight Dawn Scans & Twisted Mist (147d ago)
v.17 c.109 by Midnight Dawn Scans (323d ago)
c.108 by Midnight Dawn Scans (426d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (952 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 1st 2015, 6:32am 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

English Publisher
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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #578 increased(+28)
Monthly Pos #646 increased(+10)
3 Month Pos #621 decreased(-59)
6 Month Pos #553 decreased(-238)

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On 2918 reading lists
On 957 wish lists
On 573 completed lists
On 189 unfinished lists
On 476 custom lists

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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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WHERE ARE THE FINAL CHAPTERS?   
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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melodrama...   
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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Stop at chapter 81...   
Rating: N/A
by naruladian
November 4th, 2013, 2:22am
this manhwa is great at first but then it just went downhill. Drawing are good! It's just that when you start reading like maybe chapter 50+ you'll get bored since it kind of just move from 'fashion' to 'love triangle'. No hate, I like some romance but not ALL OF IT.

Although I hate to say this but...I don't think I'll continue reading it. It's just waaaay too long for a manhwa even though I prefer manhwa with loads of chapter. If you get what I mean.

If you guys are really interested in manhwa with REALLY GOOD DRAWING and AWESOME STORYLINE, you can go read 100% Perfect Girl. By far my no.1 list since last year and it's completed so hey! Another plus right?
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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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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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