'Vogue Italia' Features Its First-Ever Asian Cover Model

01/07/2013 at 11:15 AM ET

Fei Fei Sun on Vogue Italia
Courtesy Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia, the magazine known for taking a stand against anorexia and promoting the use of black models in fashion, made another statement this week, putting an Asian woman on its cover for the first time.

Chinese model Fei Fei Sun covers the magazine’s January issue (out worldwide Monday), a celebration of the multicultural, border-free facets of fashion. Editor in chief Franca Sozzani, who works as a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations’ Fashion 4 Development Project, chose Sun for the honor.

“In the images, Fei Fei perfectly embodies a timeless idea of an extremely chic, beautiful woman,” Sozzani tells WWD. “In this world, beauty is king and it’s something that brings people together with no national and racial limits.”

Sun has previously modeled in campaigns for brands like Calvin Klein and Diesel, and first hit the runway at London Fashion Week in 2009. She’s starred in editorials for British Vogue, as well.

According to the Daily Mail, French Vogue was the first European magazine to put an Asian model on its cover — Chinese supermodel Du Juan, in 2011. And while both British and American editions of Vogue have featured Asian models in spreads, neither has selected an Asian woman for its cover … yet. Tell us: Are you disappointed at the lack of diversity in the fashion world? 


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The Curvy Socialite on

Reblogged this on The Curvy Socialite and commented:
Always ground breaking….Vogue Italia

shidley on

Nice that they are open to being diverse with their cover models…but what’s with all the crazy makeup? That woman would be completely unrecognizable without all that war paint.

LT on


h0 on

I bet she’s prettier with much less makeup on, but that’s couture

impervioustoshock on

Huh. So they can f*&@ up the natural beauty of women of any ethnicity.

Celestine Au on

It’s such a shame that Fei Fei doesn’t even look Asian on this cover! But I’m surprised Asians have not been featured more on covers. Maybe I’m biased, but I honestly think they have a really exotic look that’s perfect for high-fashion.

Vincent on

She is not the first Asian girl on the cover…..She is the first Asian with a SOLO cover.

Jayna on

Well she’s gorgeous & this is great but why are we STILL making any firsts regarding race? It’s 2013, time for everyone to grow up.

NH on

Come on people! Clearly some of you are not avid readers of any Vouge mags. This is a “fashion” magazine. So you’re gonna see dramatic make-up & fashion. You want something a little more toned down please go to Cosmopolitan or Elle. I think she looks gorgeous & brava! to Italia Vouge for doing this.

Scott on

You can’t even tell she is Chinese with all that makeup. They made her look “white”.

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