Much, if not most, of the coverage surrounding the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has focused on Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid's debuts, alongside veteran VS models like Martha Hunt and Lily Aldridge. But Chinese model Sui He is no stranger to the pink silk robes and outlandishly-themed lingerie. Yet she has not received the same kind of vast recognition as her equally angelic peers. Originally from Wenzhou, China, Sui He has remained pretty low-key despite slaying the game since her modeling debut in 2010 and being a Victoria's Secret regular.
He is one of only four East Asian models who have ever walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and just one of two Chinese models in this year's show. (The other being Ming Xi.) And though this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has already been applauded for featuring one of the most ethnically diverse lineups yet — with Angolan model Maria Borges making history as the first model to rock natural hair on the show's runway — it's also important to support, recognize, and get to know the models who have been trailblazers if this kind of diversity is going to become the norm.
He's consistent appearances on the VS catwalk make up a small fraction of her totally illustrious and enviable career. Here are seven things you should know about Sui He, one of the world's most famous models that no one yet seems to know.
1. She's Walked In The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Five Times
According to the New York Daily News, He first walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2011, making her the second Asian model to ever walk in the show after Liu Wen, and she's walked in every show since. Despite call-outs from fans and bloggers alike, like The Fashion Spot, and the simple fact that she's a long-time veteran of the show who's walked down the famous runway more times than Karlie Kloss, He's still not a full-fledged Angel. That has traditionally required establishing oneself as a globally renowned high fashion model first. However, she did rock some fabulous wings in this year's show.
2. She Started Modeling At 17
According to Vogue, He signed up for a modeling competition in her native China in 2006, when she was only 17, and won the whole thing despite having no prior training. That competition launched her career, and the rest is history.
3. She Was The First Chinese Face Of Shiseido
When He was named the new face of Shiseido makeup in 2012, she was the first Chinese model to represent the Japanese beauty giant. According to an interview with WWD, Shiseido artistic director Dick Page explained that he handpicked He to represent the brand because "she seems to radiate a glow from within."
4. She's A Fashion Week Veteran
He debuted at Milan Fashion Week in 2010 and made her first appearance at New York Fashion Week in 2011, becoming the first Asian model to open a Ralph Lauren show. Since then, she's continued to work with Ralph Lauren as well as Anna Sui, Diane von Furstenberg, Chanel, Donna Karan, and Helmut Lang, among dozens of other designers.
5. She's A Vogue Favorite
Most models dream of being in the pages of Vogue once in their lives, but He has regularly been featured in the magazine's pages over the the last five years, appearing on the covers of Vogue Thailand, Vogue Australia, and Vogue China. She's also been been profiled and interviewed in British Vogue and Vogue Italia .
6. She's Worked With The Best
Appearing in the pages of the world's most famous fashion magazines also means that He has had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest creators in fashion and art. She appeared in a Mercedes-Benz ad campaign that was directed by Carine Roitfeld in 2013. She also made a splash when she appeared on the cover of W in 2011. He was then a still relatively unknown model and fairly fresh off her first season at New York Fashion Week, yet she featured in a much-lauded spread directed remotely by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
7. She's An Actress
Though He's modeling career is still chugging along full-steam ahead, she's also been branching out to other ventures, most recently appearing in the blockbuster Chinese movie You Are My Sunshine with well-known Hong Kong actress Angelababy.
He's career has been on a slow but steady rise for the last five years, and it's only going to keep getting bigger. So keep an eye out for He, because maybe 2016 will finally be the year she gets her Victoria's Secret angel wings.