The import scene, also known as the tuner scene is an American sub-culture that spotlights imported and modified cars. Japanese brand cars are a favorite in the scene. The import culture began as early as the 50s, when car modification became popular among the American youth.

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Import events have been taking place in certain countries in Asia, Australia, and Europe, and throughout the major cities of the United States, especially cities located in southern California.

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Import events generally entail car shows, meet ups, and/or drag races. Car fanatics, often times bring their cars to display at these events.

 

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The popularity of the culture created a modeling scene of its own category, import modeling. Import models attend car shows, pose in front of, present, or promote the hottest cars on the block.

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This type of modeling is notably prominent among the Asian-American youth. Hence, a majority of the top import models are of Asian descent, though it’s not limited to the Asian population.

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A few mentionable names in this modeling industry are Jeri Lee,

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Christine Mendoza,

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Dannie Riel,

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and Danielle Lombard.

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