Photographer Yu Tsai on supporting Asian American creatives: ‘Why aren’t there more?’

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Yu Tsai has been championing diversity since the early days of his career as a celebrity fashion photographer.

The Taiwan-born photographer and creative director, who immigrated to the U.S. when he was 12, has shot countless Hollywood figures over the years, from Jamie Lee Curtis and Jennifer Aniston to Bruce Willis and Richard Gere. His muses also include Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton and Ashley Graham, stars he refers to as his “wonder women.” For over 15 years, he has championed women in his work but when he was first starting out, he wondered if he could even showcase diversity when it wasn’t even an industry norm.

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