Model Fei Fei Sun Covers Vogue Italia, Makes History

The past few seasons have seen an influx of Asian models on the runway, with stunners like Fei Fei Sun leading the pack. And while these models have made major waves in editorial pages, none has landed a coveted Vogue Italia cover, one of the pinnacles of modeling, until now, with Sun doing the honors for the magazine’s January 2013 issue.

The 23-year-old Chinese model has walked for Dior and winked for i-D, and now she’s landed the ultimate career-making spot. In the Steven Meisel-lensed shot (and the accompanying editorial), Sun channels the pioneering model China Machado, the elegant Shanghai-born, South America-raised muse of Richard Avedon. Makeup maestro Pat McGrath transformed Sun into the legend with retro liquid-lined eyes and bright-pink lips, while fashion editor Lori Goldstein amped up the midcentury glamour.

We would have rather seen a different coverline than “Global Life” (what?) for this historic moment, but it’s undoubtedly a big step for the magazine, which has had a complicated history when it comes to matters of racial sensitivity and political correctness. Now if only U.S. Vogue could get in on the trend and start featuring models again — from all different backgrounds.

The issue hits stands January 4. Until then, see more images from the shoot at

–Heather Corcoran

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Image Courtesy of Vogue Italia