Devon Aoki is a famed fashion model and actress most popular for her role in a couple of widely-watched films, 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Sin City (2005). Although the celebrity actress started out as a video vixen back in the late 90s, Aoki has since spread her talent into other fields like acting and modeling.
Since she first hit the big screens back in 2003, the entertainer’s multi-decade career has earned her iconic status in the fashion and movie industry. Away from the limelight, Devon Aoki is also doing excellently well at the home front as a wife and mother to three children. Juggling an incredible career history and successful family life has stirred the attention of many her way.
Devon Aoki’s Career In Modeling Took-off As She Hit Her Teens
Of all Devon Aoki is known for today, modeling was her first love. In 1995, then only thirteen, Aoki began her modeling career in earnest. According to the model and actress, that was the year she had the privilege of meeting the fabulous model, Kate Moss.
A couple of years down the line, in 1997, Aoki started landing several modeling gigs, walking runways for top-notch designer brands such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, and Celine. She is equally known for her work with the likes of Balenciaga, Moschino, and Comme des Garçons.
The following year, the sixteen-year-old Aoki replaced Naomi Campbell as the face of Versace. So far, she’s appeared in advertising campaigns for top-notch brands such as Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, L’Oreal, and Lancome.
Away From The Runway, The Model Keeps Busy Gracing The Front Pages Of Several Publications
When she’s not walking runways, her image continues to be admired by millions on the front covers of several fashion magazines, including Korea’s CosmoGirl, Japan’s Voce, and Harper’s Bazaar. She has also graced the covers of France’s Jalouse, UK’s Wonderland, Australia’s Russh, and 10 Magazine. Others are Malaysia’s Her World and of course, US’ Ocean Drive.
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She has also been featured on the front page of the covers of Vogue magazine (Russia, Japan, Germany, and Korea). In 2006, Aoki made a major charity-driven move when she posed for the charity photo-book “Super Stars” which was dedicated to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake And Tsunami.
Her On-Screen Roles started with Music Videos
Although Devon Aoki is mostly known for her work in fashion, she has also made an impact as an actress. Beginning in 1997, when she first appeared in her first music video, Devon Aoki’s multi-decade career has seen her feature in at least twenty-two movies, TV shows, and music videos.
Music lovers first spotted the runway queen in the music videos of Electric Barbarella by Duran Duran and Kowalski by Primal Scream both in 1997. She would go on to appear in a couple of music videos in 2003, first, Devon was part of Ludacris’ Act A Fool and before the end of the year, she was featured in Genuwine’s In Those Jeans.
2006 saw her in music videos Dead Meat and Bones by Sean Lennon and The Killers respectively. The Killers also had her on the set of their music video for Just Another Girl in 2013 and she joined the singer Fergie in her 2016 song M.I.L.F. $. Devon has also supported her brother Steve Aoki in his music career, appearing in his 2018 track Waste It On Me where he featured BTS.
She Has Recorded appearances In a good Number Of Movies
Her acting career has seen her appear in several films. Most popular of which are 2 Fast 2 Furious – the 2003 movie where she was cast as Suki. Also in 2003, Devon Aoki was part of Death of a Dynasty as Picasso. It was in 2004 that she breathed life into the character of Dominique on the set of D.E.B.S. and the next year being 2005, the model cum actress essayed the role of Miho in Sin City which made her a nominee for Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble. 2006 was a successful year for the beautiful actress as she appeared in three productions namely Sean Lennon’s Friendly Fire as a mermaid, DOA: Dead or Alive playing the role of Kasumi, and Zoom portraying the character of Daravia.
In 2007, Devon Aoki joined the cast of War as Kira Yanagawa, the next year, she was cast as Valerie Duval in Mutant Chronicles, and in 2009, the actress depicted Anna in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead. Devon Aoki was cast in the third season of the TV series Arrow but later left due to conflicting schedules with other projects she was working on at the time. She also made brief appearances in the documentary films I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2016), Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer (2015), and Double Dutchess: Seeing Double (2017).
Devon Aoki had Other Relationships Before She Met James Bailey
Although she is enjoying marital bliss at the moment, Devon Aoki has not always been lucky in love. The runway queen has had her fair share of broken hearts and failed relationships before meeting her prince charming. Lenny Kravitz was her first known boyfriend with whom she began dating in 2001, however, their relationship went sour before long and they had to call it quits.
The New York Native later moved on with Joseph Gordon-Levitt whom she met around 2009. The duo hit it off immediately and decided to explore the strong chemistry between them. However, just like her first relationship with Lenny, the Devon/Joseph dalliance also hit the rocks and the two broke up in a short while.
She Exchanged Marriage Vows With James Bailey Barely One Year After Their Meeting
In 2010 soon after she called it quits with Joseph, Devon Aoki met the man who would become her husband – James Bailey. Bailey is an alum of Harvard University who earns a living as an analyst. Before 2010 ran out, the dup became engaged.
The couple seemed in a hurry to take the walk down the aisle as they exchanged marriage vows the next year in 2011. Devon was just 20 when she gave birth to her first child – a beautiful baby boy named James Hunter Bailey, Jr. on the 10th of July 2011. By the time she clocked 30, the model was already a mother of two as her second child, a girl Alessandra Linville Bailey joined the family on the 12th of February 2013. Her third and last child Eleanor Talitha followed shortly.
Presently, the couple has three children, a boy, and two girls and the whole family lives together in America. Devon’s first daughter Alessandra is already following in her footstep as she is a model and was featured in Guess Kids Spring 2018 fashion campaign.
Devon Aoki’s Is Of A Multi-Racial Background
Devon Edwenna Aoki was born in New York City on August 10, 1982, to the family of Rocky Aoki and Pamela Hilburger. Her father is the famed ex-Olympic wrestler and Benihana restaurant founder, while her mother, Pamela Hilburger, works as a jewelry designer. Aoki’s is of Japanese descent from her paternal side and German-English descent from her maternal lineage.
Aoki was raised in California alongside her siblings. She has four half-siblings, including Steve Aoki – the American musician and DJ. Devon Aoki attended The American School in London.