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Devon Aoki
Birth name Devon Edwenna Aoki
Date of birth August 10, 1982 (1982-08-10) (age 27)
Place of birth New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Model.
Height ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Hair color Light brown
Eye color Hazel
Measurements 33-23-33 in
84-58.5-84 cm
Dress size (US) 4; (EU) 34
Shoe size (US) 6; (EU) 37
Agency One Model Management New York, d-Management Milan and City Paris.

Devon Edwenna Aoki (born August 10, 1982) is an American model and actress.

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Early life

Aoki was born in New York City, New York, and grew up in California and London, attending high school at The American School in London. Her Japanese American father, Rocky Aoki, a former Olympic wrestler, was the founder and owner of the Benihana restaurant chain until his death on July 10, 2008. Her mother, Pamela Hilburger, is a jewelry designer of German and English heritage.[1]

Aoki was discovered in New York at a Rancid concert she had gatecrashed. She started modeling when she was 13, the same year Aoki was introduced by her godmother to Kate Moss, who would later take the young Devon under her wing. She was signed onto Storm Model Management at age 14.

In 1998, at the age of 16, Devon replaced Naomi Campbell as the face of Versace. An A-grade student at school, Devon chose not to go on to college, believing that working and traveling offered her a "broader and deeper education" than a degree.

Career

Aoki has modeled for the fashion houses Lancôme, Chanel, and Versace. Aoki is 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2] — an almost unheard of height for runway models, who are usually at least 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) height. Aoki has done ad campaigns for Chanel Ready to Wear, Chanel Couture by Karl Lagerfeld, Versace by Steven Meisel, YSL by Juergen Teller, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Hugo Boss, Moschino, Ungaro, Fendi, Junko Shimada by Bettina Kimenda, Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons, Lancome, Tiffanys and co.

Early on in her career Aoki made cameo appearances in several music videos, including Duran Duran's "Electric Barbarella", Primal Scream's "Kowalski" (with Kate Moss), Elton John's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight", Ginuwine's "In Those Jeans" video and, later, in Ludacris' "Act a Fool". Music from this video was featured in the soundtrack of 2 Fast 2 Furious, which Ludacris and Aoki both appeared in. In 2008, she made an appearance in The Killers' video "Bones". Aoki has made a cameo appearance in the short films accompanying the new Sean Lennon album, Friendly Fire. She also played Anna in 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.

Her acting career includes films like 2 Fast 2 Furious, D.E.B.S., Sin City, Dead or Alive, War and Mutant Chronicles. She did not have her driver's license prior to filming 2 Fast 2 Furious and had to learn to drive during filming.[3]

Aoki has joined L.A.'s International Creative Management for representation and The Firm for management.

Aoki has been on the cover of I-D magazine three times. She was also the face of Lancome cosmetics for four years. Aoki posed for renowned Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee for Kee's 2006 charity photo-book "Super Stars", dedicated to the victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster, which consists of photographs of 300 Asian celebrities by Kee. The same year, Aoki posed for photographer Marc Baptiste’s book Nudes wearing a dress.

In September 2007, it was announced she was designing jeans line for Levi's, although the line was only available in Asia.[4]

Aoki made a return to the runway, walking for the Chanel Pre-Fall 2008 show in London and the couture show in Paris where she was the bride. She is signed to 1/One Management New York (owned by her mother), d-Management Milan, and City Paris.

Personal life

Aoki lives on her own in Los Angeles, and keeps her personal life private. She is interested in writing poetry, playing the drums and hanging out with her two pet snakes. Her half-brother, Steve Aoki, is a Los Angeles DJ and the founder of Dim Mak Records. Aoki also has three sisters—Ellie, Grace, and Echo—and three other brothers—Kyle, Kevin, and Cole Price.

Filmography

Year Title Role
2003 Death of a Dynasty Picasso
2 Fast 2 Furious Suki
2004 D.E.B.S. Dominique
2005 Sin City Miho
2006 Sean Lennon's Friendly Fire a Mermaid (Wait For Me)
DOA: Dead or Alive Kasumi
2006 Zoom Daravia
2007 War Kira Yanagawa
2008 Mutant Chronicles Valerie Duval
2009 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead Anna
2010 Sin City 2 Miho

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