The legend of Geishas dates back over a thousand years. These Japanese women would act as entertainers for the men (not prostitutes). They would perform, dance, play games, provide conversation and tend to the men’s party needs. These highly-trained women wore kimonos with an obis that were tied in the back. Geishas also wore make-up and were nearly unidentifiable. But their mysterious beauty often shined through. Geishas aren’t the only beauties that have evolved from the Orient. But to be considered beautiful, Asian women had specific criteria.
Women in Asia are expected to look a certain way for the men. Asian women have generally sported a small, petite frame. It is preferred that they have skin that is on the pale side. In Japan, pale skin is sign of wealth whereas tan skin is associated with the working-class. Asian women are known for beautiful mysterious looking eyes. Most Eastern, Central and Southern Asian women have pronounced epicanthic folds. These folds help create a more thinned/slanted eye appearance. Some people affectionately refer to a beautiful woman who has this appearance as having “cat eyes.” The folds only help add to the mystery and beauty of women in the Asian culture. Aside from having enticing eyes, these women have dressed in colors and tones to add to their femininity. Dresses are often accessorized with red or pink bows. The patterns on the dresses are very often flowers or something that associates them with femininity. Although, as times have changed, so do cultures and these beautiful creatures have evolved with time. We’ve compiled a list of the best of the best over the last two decades. These are The 10 Hottest Asian Models You’ll Ever See.
10. Hiromi Oshima
Oshima is a Japanese model who in 2004 became just the second Japanese-born Playboy Playmate. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Oshima later moved to the United States and settled in Miami Beach, Florida (an absolute mecca of beautiful women).
She got a degree in Communications prior to her 2004 Playboy shoot. Oshima loves to dance and has been quoted as saying, “I never dance sexy when I go out, but on stage, it’s liberating.” We like when you dance on stage too, Oshima, so dance away!
9. Lena Li
Lena Li was born in Taiwan in 1979, but her family immigrated to the United States when she was just 8 years old. She grew up in Pasadena, California. When Li graduated college, she began modeling. It all started when she posed for Kim Mizuno’s East West calendar for 2002. She continued to pose for calendars until 2004.
Li modeled for Playboy and in 2002 was named Playboy Cyber Girl of the Week. In 2005, Li also posed topless for ModFXmodels. She has continued to model over the years featuring distinguishing attributes such as bountiful breasts and amazing long hair that hangs all the way down to her calf.
8. Grace Kim
Imagine you are a video game geek and you’re working on the Guitar Hero games. That is when an absolute stunning beauty slides by you. She is a young Korean-American girl named Grace Kim. This stunning beauty was buried from the world writing promotional copy for the game giant.
In 2008, she was discovered and became a playmate for Playboy. Kim is the first ever Korean playmate and she carries that torch very well. Kim still works occasionally for Playboy and is working on her other career as an author. A beautiful woman who’s also a storyteller; a great combination!
7. Natasha Yi
As a senior in high school, Playboy magazine came calling to Yi’s doorstep. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Yi is of Korean decent. She was in her mid-teens when her family moved to Denver Colorado. Yi is also the first Asian model to grace the set of the Price is Right.
Listed under Yi’s personal quotes for her first ever Playboy shoot: “The funny thing was, I didn’t know Playboy had nudity.” That must have been a surprise! Along with being a “Barker Beauty,” Yi has landed numerous modeling gigs and was regularly seen in Playboy films from 1998-2001.
6. Bryiana Noelle Flores
Bryiana Noelle Flores is an ethnic grab-bag of hotness. She is a carefully-constructed blend of Filipino, Chinese, Spanish, Cherokee and Blackfoot. Raised in Los Banos, Southern California, Flores was discovered by Playboy in a restaurant shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 2013. Flores, a beauty pageant queen, also became “Playmate of the Month” in September 2013.
Rob Dyrdek, a skateboard enthusiast, clothing mogul and host of the MTV show Ridiculousness, recently locked the gorgeous model down and they are engaged to be married. Kudos to you, Rob!
5. Felixia Yeap
This Malaysian model was born in Kuala Lumpur and raised in Ipoh, Perak, West Malyasia. She actually started out as a kindergarten teacher prior to modeling. Then, in 2005, she became a finalist in the Dewi Remaja Ccntest. She appeared in season 3 of I Wanna Be A Model at the tender age of 19 and became listed in the Hall of Fame for Miss Malaysia Tourism.
In 2008, Yeap was chosen to represent Malaysia in the 2008 Beijing Olympics – Olympics Beauty, that is. She did a variety of modeling prior to the end of 2013 when she began dawning a hijab and became frustrated with the attention her modeling was garnering her. She then converted to Islam in 2014 and has since stopped taking her clothes off.
4. Arianny Celeste
Arianny Celeste (originally Penelope Lopez) was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has a distinctly original look with a blend of Filipino and Mexican descent. Celeste has modeled for such magazines as Maxim, FHM, Sports Illustrated, Fighter’s Only Magazine and Playboy. Celeste is also a MMA “ring girl” who has won multiple awards, including “Ring Girl of the Year.”
In November 2010, Celeste took it off for Playboy to the delight of her many fans. She was featured as part of their “celebrity” lineup. Celeste is also a host for the TV show, Overhaulin’.
3. Mei Ling Lam
Born in the United States in the state of Maine, Lam is the product of a Chinese father and a French mother. Her distinctly beautiful looks led her to the June 2011 issue of Playboy where she was named “Playboy Playmate of the Month.” Lam has been noted for her “girl next door” raw beauty. She grew up conquering the world of beauty pageants. She’s also a self-professed nerd; her first love being video games.
Lam represented Maine during the Teen USA pageantry (2001) and since has been featured in modeling ads for New Balance and Hasbro. In 2011, Lam got married to former NFL running back Ken Oxendine.
2. Jaslyn Ome
Jaslyn Ome is East Indian and comes off looking a little Hispanic, but she is a blend of Indian, African-American and Caucasian. Her exotic looks are tantalizing. Ome rose to fame as Playboy’s Miss April 2013. Ome grew up in El Dorado Hills, California and has since moved on to Los Angeles.
Ome is a huge fan of water sports. She loves the ocean and jet-skis and paddle-boards whenever she gets the chance. Ome is a real beaut! She also is an avid lover of sharks.
1. Sung Hi Lee
Born is Eunpyong-Gu in Seoul, Korea. Lee moved to the United States in 1978. Lee is the most successful Asian model on the list finding success in a multitude of platforms. She has worked as a successful actress having a long list of IMDB credits. Her modeling career has been equally successful as Lee has featured for advertisements: Acer Computers, Chrysler, Brut, Miller Beer, Mountain Dew, Maxwell House and Sunkist Juice.
Lee also has appeared in numerous modeling magazines and was the first ever Asian model to be featured on the cover of Playboy. Lee had a tremendous modeling career and now works as personal trainer in California.