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Devon Edwenna Aoki (born August 10, 1982)[2] is an American actress and fashion model.[3] Aoki's film roles include supporting roles in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Sin City (2005) and lead roles in DOA: Dead or Alive (2006) and Mutant Chronicles (2008). She is now considered as an icon in the fashion industry by models.com.[4]

Devon Aoki
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Devon Aoki in 2008
Born
Devon Edwenna Aoki

(1982-08-10) August 10, 1982 (age 36)
OccupationActress, model
Years active1997-present
Spouse(s)James Bailey
Children3
Parent(s)Hiroaki Aoki
Pamela Hilburger
Modeling information
AgencyOne Management (New York)
Elite Model Management (Paris, Amsterdam)
d'management group (Milan)
Select Model Management (London)
Stockholmsgruppen (Stockholm) [1]

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Early lifeEdit

Aoki was born in 1982 in New York City. She grew up in California and attended high school at The American School in London.[5]

Her father is former Olympic wrestler and Benihana restaurant magnate Rocky Aoki and her mother is Pamela Hilburger, a jewelry designer. Devon is of Japanese (from her father) and German and English (from her mother) ancestry. She started modeling when she was 13, the same year her godmother introduced her to Kate Moss. She has an older sister and a younger brother, as well four half-siblings including Steve Aoki.[6]

CareerEdit

Following her runway debut in 1997, Aoki walked for brands including Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons and Chanel. In 1998, at the age of 16, Aoki replaced Naomi Campbell as the face of Versace.[7] She has also been featured in advertising campaigns for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Hugo Boss, L'Oreal, Lancome and Tiffany & Co., and walked for designers including Versace, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Jean Paul Gaultier, Celine, Baby Phat, and Marc Jacobs.[8]

Aoki has graced the covers of numerous international fashion magazines, including US' Ocean Drive, Vegas,[9] Nylon, i-D, Interview, Elle Girl and UK's Wonderland;[10] Korea's CosmoGirl; France's Jalouse; Australia's Russh and 10 Magazine; Japan's Voce and Harper's Bazaar; and Malaysia's Her World.[11] Additionally, Aoki has appeared on the covers of Vogue (Germany, Russia, Japan, Korea) and Numéro Tokyo.[8] In 2006, she posed for Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee for charity photo-book "Super Stars", which was dedicated to the victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster.[9]

In September 2007, she designed a capsule collection for Levi's Asian market called Levi's +D.[12][13] Aoki described the collaboration by saying: "It's called Levi's + D, the D is for Devon. We're doing everything from denim to swimwear – you name it! I get inspired by vintage pieces you can't really get anymore."[14] In 2017, she returned to the runway for Moschino's fashion show and a advertising campaigns for "Sephora x Moschino" and Hugo Boss.[6][15] In 2018, Aoki walked the runway for Jeremy Scott's eponymous brand, starred in an editorial for American Vogue and appeared in advertising campaigns for Moschino Fragrance, Nordstrom and Swarovski.[8][16]

As an actress she has appeared in films 2 Fast 2 Furious,[17] D.E.B.S., Sin City, Dead or Alive, War, Mutant Chronicles and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.[18] She was cast as Tatsu Yamashiro in Arrow season 3,[19] but was replaced by Rila Fukushima due to a scheduling conflict.[20][21] She appeared briefly in documentary films I'll Sleep When I'm Dead and Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer.

ImpactEdit

She is considered as an icon in the fashion industry by models.com.[4] In 2017, Dominic Cadogan of Dazed called Aoki a "cult model" and "one of the most recognisable alternative faces of the 90s".[6] Cadogan continued by saying, "by the time she was 16, she was one of the most in-demand girls of the moment, with some of the industry's top photographers (including Juergen Teller, Ellen von Unwerth and Nick Knight) all transforming her in their images."[6] In April 2019, Marie Claire listed her as one of the 15 supermodels of the 2000s who changed the face of fashion.[22]

In 2019, singer Rihanna re-created Aoki's iconic look from the action film 2 Fast 2 Furious for her Fenty Beauty campaign.[23] In the film Aoki's car racing character Suki leans to her custom pink convertible wearing a white top and pink jeans.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Devon Aoki is married to James Bailey, and together they have a son and two daughters: James Hunter, Alessandra Linville, and Eleanor Talitha.[25][26] Her daughter Alessandra appeared in Guess Kids spring 2018 advertising campaign.[27][28]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Death of a Dynasty Picasso
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Suki
2004 D.E.B.S. Dominique
2005 Sin City Miho Nominated—Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble[29]
2006 Sean Lennon's Friendly Fire Mermaid ("Wait for Me")
2006 DOA: Dead or Alive Kasumi
2006 Zoom Daravia
2007 War Kira Yanagawa
2008 Mutant Chronicles Valerie Duval
2009 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead Anna
2015 Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer Herself
2016 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Herself
2017 Double Dutchess: Seeing Double Herself

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist
1997 "Electric Barbarella" Duran Duran
"Kowalski" Primal Scream
2003 "Act a Fool" Ludacris
"In Those Jeans" Ginuwine
2006 "Dead Meat" Sean Lennon
"Bones" The Killers
2013 "Just Another Girl"
2016 "M.I.L.F. $" Fergie
2018 "Waste It On Me" Steve Aoki feat. BTS

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://models.com/models/devon-aoki
  2. ^ Goldstein, Margaret (December 10, 2005). Japanese in America. Lerner Publications. p. 62. ISBN 0822539527. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "The comeback of the year: Devon Aoki models for Jeremy Scott". Vogue Paris. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Devon Aoki - Model". MODELS.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Exclusive: Devon Aoki Was Born With The Face of A Goddess".
  6. ^ a b c d Dazed (September 10, 2017). "Cult model Devon Aoki's most memorable moments". Dazed. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Devon Aoki gives birth to baby boy (Vogue.com UK)". Vogue UK.
  8. ^ a b c http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/models/Devon_Aoki/
  9. ^ a b "Devon Aoki". IMDb. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Devon Aoki Has Us Seeing Double in Jeremy Scott for Wonderland Magazine". Fashion Gone Rogue. October 5, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Devolution - Devon Aoki". devonaoki.free.fr. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Devon Aoki Designs For Levi's - Denimology". May 29, 2007.
  13. ^ Mcinnes, Paul; Janette, Misha (October 9, 2007). "Actress Devon Aoki in Tokyo with Levi's, Toga in the parking lot and more". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "Devon Aoki + Levis". Pedestrian TV. June 22, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  15. ^ "Devon Aoki for Sephora x Moschino | ONE MANAGEMENT BLOG". www.onemanagement.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "Memories of Devon Aoki's Modeling Days". CR Fashion Book. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  17. ^ Barker, Lynn (June 6, 2003). "Devon Aoki: Racer Chick". Teen Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 3, 2008.
  18. ^ "Memories of Devon Aoki's Modeling Days". CR Fashion Book. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  19. ^ "Devon Aoki Joins CW's 'Arrow'; Syfy's 'Ascension' Rounds Out Cast". Deadline. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  20. ^ "'Arrow' casts 'Wolverine' actress to replace Devon Aoki". EW.com. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  21. ^ "Rila Fukushima Joins 'Arrow', Riley Voelkel Cast In 'Point Of Honor'". Deadline. August 27, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  22. ^ Liao, Marina (April 9, 2019). "How Many of These Iconic 2000s Supermodels Do You Remember?". Marie Claire. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  23. ^ "FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA on Instagram: "#UNLOCKED the shade!🔓💕 @badgalriri slaying our new hot pink #STUNNA Lip Paint that drops on February 12 at fentybeauty.com, @sephora,…"". Instagram. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  24. ^ "Rihanna channels Devon Aoki for Fenty Beauty | Wonderland Magazine". Wonderland. February 7, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  25. ^ "Traveling With Kids: '90s Supermodel Devon Aoki and Away Show How It's Done".
  26. ^ "Supermodel-actress Devon Aoki is pregnant! - Today's Parent". www.todaysparent.com. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  27. ^ Team, PAMPER Editorial (January 30, 2018). "GUESS Kids Spring 2018 Collection | Pamper.My". Pamper.My. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  28. ^ "Devon Aoki on Instagram: "Dying over #mylilface and her @guess campaign ❤️😵👀 #Alessandra"". Instagram. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  29. ^ "Devon Aoki". IMDb. Retrieved August 21, 2018.

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