Devon Aoki

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Devon Aoki
Aoki in 2008
Born
Devon Edwenna Aoki

(1982-08-10) August 10, 1982 (age 41)
Occupations
  • Model
  • actress
Years active1997–present
Spouse
James Bailey
(m. 2011)
Children4
ParentHiroaki Aoki (father)
Relatives
Modeling information
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)

Devon Edwenna Aoki (born August 10, 1982)[1] is an American model and retired actress.[2] Aoki's film roles include 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Sin City (2005), DOA: Dead or Alive (2006) and Mutant Chronicles (2008).[3]

Early life[edit]

Aoki was born in 1982 in New York City. She grew up in Malibu, California, and attended high school at The American School in London.[4]

Her father was former wrestler and Benihana restaurant magnate Hiroaki Aoki and her mother is Pamela Hilburger, a jewelry designer. Her father was Japanese and her mother is of German and English 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 as four half-siblings including Steve Aoki.[5] Aoki is also the aunt of fellow model Yumi Nu.[6]

Career[edit]

Fashion[edit]

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 Cosmo Girl; 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 (American, Germany, Russia, Japan, Korea) and Numéro (Tokyo).[8] In 2006, she posed for Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee for the 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 appeared in advertising campaigns for "Sephora x Moschino" and Hugo Boss.[5][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] In September 2019, she appeared in Harper's Bazaar's "Bazaar Icons 2019" issue, photographed by Mario Sorrenti.[17][18]

Acting[edit]

As an actress she has appeared in the films 2 Fast 2 Furious,[19] D.E.B.S., Sin City, Dead or Alive, War, Mutant Chronicles and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.[20] She was cast as Tatsu Yamashiro in Arrow season 3,[21] but was replaced by Rila Fukushima due to a scheduling conflict.[22][23] She appeared briefly in the documentary films I'll Sleep When I'm Dead and Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer, the former being a documentary about her brother Steve.

Impact[edit]

She is considered as an icon in the fashion industry by models.com.[24] In 2017, Dominic Cadogan of Dazed called Aoki a "cult model" and "one of the most recognizable alternative faces of the 90s".[5] 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."[5] In April 2019, Marie Claire listed her as one of the 15 supermodels of the 2000s who changed the face of fashion.[25] I-D magazine called her "one of those few faces that defined the turn of the millennium," and listed seven of Aoki's most iconic outfits.[26]

In February 2019, Wonderland magazine reported that singer Rihanna channeled Aoki's look from the action film 2 Fast 2 Furious for her Fenty Beauty campaign.[27][28] In the film, Aoki's character Suki drives her custom pink Honda S2000 wearing a white top and pink jeans.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Devon Aoki is married to James Bailey, and they have one son and three daughters. She retired from full-time film acting in 2009 to focus on motherhood.[29][30][31] Her daughter Alessandra appeared in Guess Kids' spring 2018 advertising campaign.[32][33] Model and singer-songwriter Yumi Nu is Aoki's niece.[34]

She modeled during the third annual charity fashion show presented by General Motors on February 24, 2004. Aoki and her half-brother Steve co-chaired the 2018 Red Cross Gala in San Francisco in March 2018.[35][36]

Filmography[edit]

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[37]
2006 Sean Lennon's Friendly Fire Mermaid
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 Documentary
2016 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Herself Documentary

Music videos[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Devon Aoki's Most Iconic Looks". Madame Blue. Archived from the original on September 9, 2021. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
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  22. ^ "'Arrow' casts 'Wolverine' actress to replace Devon Aoki". EW.com. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
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  26. ^ Kendall, Zoë (September 11, 2020). "7 of Devon Aoki's most iconic outfits". i-D. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  27. ^ "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. Archived from the original on December 26, 2021. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
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  31. ^ @devonaoki (December 10, 2020). "Bliss! #evelyn @jbailey13b ❤️". Archived from the original on December 26, 2021 – via Instagram.
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