originally appeared in Mavin volume 2

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by Victoria Namkung 
Source: Mavin.net

It is not surprising to see another beautiful teenaged model. But 
this time, the new darling of the runways and print ads is 
16-year-old Devon Aoki. Her resume is already impressive, but 
landing the Chanel Spring/Summer ad campaign shot by Karl Lagerfeld 
is the most exposure this freckle-faced hapa has ever experienced. 
Devon was discovered in New York City at a Rancid concert she had 
gate-crashed. She moved with her mother and siblings to London at 14 
and joined Storm Model Management, which represents models like Kate 
Moss and Chandra North. 

There are so few Asian faces in the modeling world and even fewer 
multiracial models. Devon believes things are shifting. "I think 
it's important that there is a change, especially in fashion. I'm 
pleased to be a part of a 'new breed' of models who perhaps don't 
exactly fit the status quo." At only 5'6", almost unheard of for 
runway models, Devon has represented designers like Alessandro 
Dell'Acqua, Yohji Yamamoto and Gaultier. Status quo obviously 
doesn't apply. Devon is sought after by notable photographers, like 
Ellen von Unwerth, Mario Sorrenti and Nick Knight. 

When asked about her equally famed father, Rocky Aoki (Benihana 
entrepreneur), she confidently states, "I think it's important for 
everyone to have a separate identity to someone else, whether it be 
a parental figure, sister, brother, boyfriend, etcetera." Although 
she flies to Paris for couture shows, has done a music video for 
Primal Scream and loves to travel, education is the real priority. 
"More of my time is devoted to school, but I do try to keep a 
balance. It gets overwhelming at times, but so far I have been able 
to manage them both." Devon's maturity and down-to-earth attitude 
are undoubtedly factors of her success. Is college in the future? 
"Definitely at some point. I'm not sure where yet. I'm considering 
going to college in the states, I would guess in the next few 
years." I think we would be lucky to have her back.