On April 16, Mnet America aired the season finale of Alpha Girls. With a million and one reality TV shows out these days, Alpha Girls sets itself apart by following hard-working, creative and successful Asian females. Not to rag on housewives in general, but most of the reality TV I watch serves the purpose of making me feel better (or the odd time, worse) about my life by comparison. Alpha Girls entertains in a different way. With the huge expansion of reality TV, it’s great to finally see some diversity of faces on the screen.
The four alpha girls are in different fields, but all leading the way with their driven nature and international success. During this show the girls work with Pharrell, Skrillex, Swizz Beats, Jay Park and Jeremy Scott, making for a really entertaining season. If you haven’t had the chance to see it, here are the girls.
SOO JOO PARK
Soo Joo Park was born in South Korea. She was studying architecture at UC Berkeley when she was discovered and has taken the high fashion modeling industry by storm ever since. She has represented names like Emporio Armani, Ter Et Bantine, Osklen, Alexis Mabille, Vivienne Westwood, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Kimberly Ovitz, and Tess Giberson; just to name a few. She has also done work for BCBGeneration and is currently working internationally. She is signed to modeling agencies in Seoul, Milan, London, New York, Paris, Antwerp, Hamburg and San Paulo.
Mina Kwon is also South Korean born, and moves to LA during the show to find inspiration. She is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer, specializing in modern street style and hip hop art. Her creative style has garnered international attention and she travels to design album covers and work with major artists.
Fully admitting to name dropping here, but she’s worked with artists like Chris Brown, Sean Kingston, Soulja Boy, Swizz Beats and Pharrell (she even designed Pharrell’s birthday cake).
TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) is an LA born DJ and music producer who has been recognized for her innovative style of Electronic and R&B. She’s earned wide media attention, including LA Weekly’s #1 ranked female DJ. She has toured with Skrillex and Diplo, played at Coachella, SXSW, and is currently signed to Ultra Records. To top it off, she is the first female DJ to join Flying Lotus’ independent label Brainfeeder.
Miss Lawn (Lanie Alabanza-Barcena) was born in New Orleans, and raised in San Diego. She directed Rocawear for three years before launching her own fashion line, Hellz Bellz, in 2005. It provides bold and edgy bad girl look that creatively maintains a feminine flair. It is now sold internationally and Lanie is working hard to keep it growing as the creative director.
These women are leaders in their industries and most importantly, are easy to relate to. Their hard work and determination is evident in the show: you see the barriers they face, and you see their parents’ disapproval of their tattoos. They are extraordinary in what they have achieved for themselves, but they are entertaining to watch because their success was hard-earned, and they are still incredibly driven now. While Asian women have taken the lead in movies and TV, the Lucy Liu’s of the screen are less easy to relate to. The Alpha Girls deal with conflicts like we do. They struggle to balance work and personal life, and they don’t always know what they need, but they are driven and creative in their pursuits.
There are only 8 episodes this season. Will there be a season two? I hope so, but MNet hasn’t yet said. All the episodes and info about the show can be found online. If you haven’t already, you should check these girls out.