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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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Номер один
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Latest Release(s)
v.18 c.110 (end) by Midnight Dawn Scans & Twisted Mist over 3 years ago
v.17 c.109 by Midnight Dawn Scans over 3 years ago
c.108 by Midnight Dawn Scans over 4 years ago
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18 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1038 votes)
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Gingeh
November 11th, 2010, 10:13am
I really shouldn't judge, since this series isn't complete yet, and maybe it'll get better.
But right now (volume ten, chapter 71), I'm just confused. I no longer have any idea of what's going on in the story, and it doesn't look like it's going to get clearer any time soon.

What little romance there was, has fizzled. Lele is off doing...something, the twins are having drama, and there's a whole lot of seemingly pointless sex with random people thrown thrown in for good measure.

I can't even tell Eros and Angus apart anymore; sometimes, the scene randomly switches to the other twin, and it will take me several pages to figure that out.

Also, I feel like the author has introduced too many new characters too closely together - I can't remember who anyone is, let alone what the main characters' relationships with said strangers are.

But the beginning was excellent, and the characters - especially the twins - are good. And I appreciate that the heroine is far from the usual shoujo stereotype.
It's only lately that everything seems to have gone downhill. Maybe it'll get better - if so, I'll be sure to revise this.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2011, 3:22pm
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Rating: N/A
by HumptyTortie
February 22nd, 2010, 9:51am
Man I tell you, it's all good. I wasn't expecting much with the storyline and the art, but surprisingly, it was awesome. The first few chapters were alright and the author kept the comedy and romance at a nice pace. Listen up. The climax is totally left at the later volumes. Heart gripping, tear jerking emotions would totally climb onto you. And BAM! Sorry, you can't stop yourself from reading it already.The recent chapters c60 onwards, are really &^*&^!, leaving you wanting for more.
And then, there is always something that would surprise you.

P.S : Am I the only one who thinks that there is a hell lot of shounen ai cases !?
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kamelot
May 22nd, 2011, 10:16am
This manhua is truly a masterpiece. The drawings are gorgeous and the characters are portrayed in a very realistic way, you can guess their personality just by looking at them. Every character in this manhua does not disappoint, all of them having a more or less sad background and a side that sometimes makes you admire them. I persoanly like Lele, even though at the beginning her clumsy and carefree persoanlity was something refreshing, once she started to chase certain goals she became a real model, not only a fashion model, but a life model as well. However this manhwa teaches an important lesson, you can't do everything by yourself, eveyone has to rely on somebody at least once. However, typical for all shoujo works, this one maintains its own cliches. I would rather place this one between the josei and shoujo border since it has elements from both sides. The only thing i hate is the slow romance development, oh boy this element might make this manhua go downhill but i think that with more encounters the relationships will deepen.

Realistic, contemporan, intriguing, thought-provoking, humorous, dramatic (when it needs to be), this is what describes The One. It is really refreshing to watch characters carry out their dreams going all out just to achieve their goals because in my opinion, only strong people can chase and fulfill their dreams.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by octoberangel
December 3rd, 2010, 6:02am
Another fantastic manga that's been dragged on too long, gone off on a completely different tangent and tried to incorporate too many 'popular' themes in one hit. The first 50 chapters or so are deep and moving, but later chapters are really just fillers and not worth anyone's time.
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Excellent Story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Molenir
January 17th, 2010, 3:48pm
After reading the synopsis of the story, I really wasn't all that interested, but decided to give it a shot anyway. Midway through the first volume, I realized I was really enjoying the story, and downloaded the second and third volumes as well. After reading the second volume, I went ahead and grabbed all that was available at the time. To put it simply, this is a fun, enjoyable romance story, set amidst a story about fame and fashion. What makes this story so enjoyable however is the humor involved in the story. I also like how the people seem to be mostly decent, not evil and scheming. That kind of happy story, makes things much more enjoyable, even if its a bit less realistic. Overall, I definitely recommend this manga. Glad I read it, and looking forward to more.
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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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love it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by honeyyclover
August 20th, 2009, 6:50pm
I really love this series. This is my first time reading a manhua, and I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed. At first, I thought this was such a rip-off of Skip Beat! but although there are some very similar points, The One is amazing on its own. Lele is such a diverse character. She's innocent, but not really, and she's funny and carefree, but she has also gone through a lot of stuff. I love the realationship between Eros and Lele.

The only bad thing I would say about this is that it how fast she rises to being a top model is unrealistic. But that can be forgiven. wink

On the subject of comparing mangas/manhuas/manhwas I really don't care what the name is; it's basically still the same medium. I will say that I love Nicky Lee's style of drawing though! It shows so much emotion and sensuality. Definitely a must read!
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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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One of my favourite, sooo refreshing!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Crazycat_kiss
June 1st, 2012, 1:57pm
Different from what we're used to read and hilarous on top if that! I simply LOVE this manhwa and I'm always looking forward for any update... too bad it will never be licenced and sold in a book otherwise I would have bought it for sure!
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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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