Full Name: Devon Edwenna Aoki
Birth Date: August 10, 1982
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 6"
Ancestry: Japanese, German & English
Quote: "I think it's important that there is a change, especially in fashion. I'm pleased to be a part of a 'new breed' of models who perhaps don't exactly fit the status quo."
Devon Aoki Biography
Devon Edwenna Aoki is the daughter of Japanese Olympic wrestler and Benihana steakhouse magnate Rocky Aoki and Anglo-Bavarian jewelry designer Pamela Hilburger.
A New York native, she grew up in the suburbs of Malibu, but moved back to her hometown when she was 13. That same year her godmother introduced her to Kate Moss, who later took Devon as her apprentice. Devon was also spotted by a photographer backstage at a Rancid concert, where her picture was taken for Interview magazine.
At 14 Devon moved to London with her mother, (who was divorced from Rocky Aoki) and her siblings. There she joined Storm Model Management, which also represented her mentor Moss. Says Devon of Kate, "It was cool because when I got to know Kate, I realized that she was not only incredibly beautiful, but smart, too." Both women soon appeared together on the cover of Interview magazine.
Devon spent most of her adolescence juggling modeling and school, always giving equal attention to both. Some of the high-profile designers on her resume include Chanel, Thierry Mugler, Balenciaga, Fendi, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Givenchy. She was also featured in ad campaigns for Chanel Couture by Karl Lagerfeld, Versace Atelier by Steven Meisel, and Junko Shimada by Bettina Kimenda.
In 1998, the 5' 6" model replaced Naomi Campbell as the face of Versace, after an alleged dispute between Campbell and Donatella Versace. Her most recent modeling contract is with Lancome, where she joins the ranks of beautiful women like Mena Suvari, Elizabeth Jagger and Uma Thurman.
Devon just recently appeared on the big screen, starring in two films and working on her third. 2003's Death of a Dynasty, her first movie, was a musical-comedy about the hip-hop industry and was directed by rap mogul Damon Dash. That same year she played Suki, a speed-loving babe in 2 Fast 2 Furious, the sequel to the successful The Fast and the Furious. Not knowing how to drive, she received her first lessons from a stunt driver for the role. Devon was then seen as Dominique in D.E.B.S., a spy flick slated for 2004 and co-starring Jordana Brewster. Most recently she appeared in Sin City as Miho, a deadly prostitute.
Devon plans on launching her own clothing line, and has signed on to New York entrepreneur Richie Akiva's record label, where she will cut her own album, a move no doubt inspired by her rocker ex-boyfriend Lenny Kravitz.
Having recently joined L.A.'s ICM for representation and The Firm for management (which manages the likes of J.Lo and Adrien Brody), Devon Aoki will only get bigger, and her face will become more recognized and endeared by the public.
Devon now lives on her own, and keeps her personal life private. No word has leaked of boyfriends since Kravitz, but she is often seen alongside major hip-hop and Hollywood men at high-profile social functions and movie premieres.
Devon Aoki Filmography
Sin City 2 (2007) .... Miho
The Mutant Chronicles (2007) .... Valerie Duval
Rogue (2007) .... Kira
DOA: Dead or Alive (2006) .... Kasumi
... aka DOA (USA: short title)
Sin City (2005) .... Miho
... aka Frank Miller's Sin City (USA: complete title)
D.E.B.S. (2004) .... Dominique
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) .... Suki
... aka 2 Fast 2 Furious (Germany)
Death of a Dynasty (2003) .... Picasso
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