i-D Celebrates Year of the Dragon with Chinese Models

i-D Celebrates Year of the Dragon

Photos courtesy of i-D

Enter the dragon: Pan Yan (left) and Li Zheng (right) are two of the issue's cover stars.

The Year of the Dragon is off to a very diverse start thanks to i-D Magazine.

In honor of Chinese New Year (don't tell us you missed out on the chance to celebrate over dim sum), the magazine has cast a who's who of Asian models to front multiple covers for its Whatever the Weather Issue.

Shot by famed Chinese fashion photographer Chen Man, the eight online-only covers and five newsstand versions demonstrate the "diversity of beauty in China today" thanks to dramatic looks from MAC's Director of Makeup Artistry, Terry Barber.

While Pan Yan, sporting a champagne Vivienne Westwood dress and an amazing wooly crown/helmet, flaunts her freckles and blonde brows, a Louis Vuitton-clad Meng Lu is dolled up with blue arches and Technicolor makeup.

Wan Bao Bao offsets her sleek black Emporio Armani blazer with bronzed skin and an ornate headpiece, while a Lanvin-wearing Langsuowangmu rocks tiny braids accentuated with orange beads.

One thing, however, remains the same: That signature one-eyed pose.

Kudos to the makeup team for their creativity ... and to i-D for giving these Asian beauties some well-deserved love!

For more cover images, visit i-D online and pick up the Whatever the Weather Pre-Spring 2012 Issue, on sale February 9.