Beauty is always subjective, and no two men are likely to come up with an identical list of any city's or country's most beautiful ladies. Here, in no particular order, are six of Asia's most beautiful women - in my eyes, at least. I decided to exclude Westerners of Asian descent; the UK's Gemma Chan and Katrina Kaif might otherwise be on the list.
1. Cyndi Wang
A Taiwanese of Hakka descent, Wang (born 1982) is a singer and soap-opera actress who's been active in show business since 2003, when she released her first studio album, Begin, and starred in the TV drama Westside Story. The latter bore no resemblance to the Broadway musical or later Hollywood adaptation; rather, it was a fairly standard action-romance-comedy set in Taipei. Cyndi's legal name is Wang Junru; her stage name is Wang Hsin-ling (sometimes spelled Wang Xinling). Like Meryl Streep, her most distinctive physical feature is her nose. Very cute, very beautiful or simply sexy? All three, I'd say.
2. Luvian Ben Neng
Sometimes known simply as Luvian, and known to relatives and officialdom as Li Kaishi, this native of Shenzhen (the Chinese city just across the border from Hong Kong) is barely 22 years old, yet has made a big splash thanks to several sets of photos released in the past two years.
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3. Zhai Ling
Born in China's Shandong province in 1987, the 177cm-tall Zhai began her modelling career at car shows and other trade events. She was on the cusp of nationwide fame when, in 2010, video clips showing her having sex with a man later identified as an ex-boyfriend leaked onto the Internet. Even though her management company expressed great shock and disappointment, some wondered if the entire scandal had been cooked up on the basis there's no such thing as bad publicity, and that Zhai would gain sympathy. Since then, rumors that she's had cosmetic surgery haven't helped her reputation, but she remains a woman much envied for her alluring looks.
4. Ameri Ichinose
Not quite tall enough to be a conventional model, Ichinose followed a different route to fame and fortune: the adult movie industry in her native Japan. Now 26 years old, she's best known in the UK as the girlfriend of Shinji Kagawa, a professional footballer (soccer player) who's represented Japan in almost 60 international matches since 2008, and who now plays for Manchester United in the English Premier League.