"I see myself as the next Linda Evangelista. I don't wake up for less than $10,000."
The fashion world has been abuzz about stunningly feminine male model Andrej Pejic's unreal features, but it just takes a off-hand comment from fashion godfather Karl Lagerfeld to bring light to the next androgynous It-model. In comes idealistic 22 year-old David Chiang, to whom Lagerfeld said, "you look like a beautiful Chinese girl." The Canadian model of Taiwanese descent debuted in the fall 2010 season, walking for Alexander McQueen's final menswear collection and Emporio Armani. He skipped spring collections and re-emerged for fall 2011, walking for Dior Homme, Rag & Bone and others.
Now, as an Asian person myself, I'll admit that Asian men with feminine features are easier to find compared to other ethnicities, so it would not be too hard to find more like Chiang. Thus, he's not quite as shocking as Pejic. Chiang does however strongly remind me of late Korean model Daul Kim, who sadly commited suicide in 2009 (she was my favorite model). The masculine facial features that Chiang does have lend themselves to Kim's sultry and inherently sinister look.
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So far Chiang has been styled for edgy, masculine looks, so his potential as an androgyn is yet to be explored the way Pejic already has (i.e. styled as a woman). He has however admitted--certainly joking--that he would consider a sex-change if he was offered a Victoria's Secret contract saying, "I really want big wings. Not the small wings, but Tyra wings." A model with a sense of humor? We love!
His biggest shoot to date is with Steven Klein for Vogue Hommes Japan, styled by Lady Gaga stylist and Thierry Mugler revolutionary Nicola Formichetti. Unfortunately Chiang is wearing a mask in the shoot:
Must be him in the "U"?
Whatever the outcome will be for Chiang, he has a definite future in modeling. As far as usurping Pejic for the androgyny crown, it will be hard to compete.
Do you think David Chiang can be the new androgynous It-model?