Devon Aoki was born in New York City though she grew up in
California. Her Japanese father, Rocky Aoki, a former Olympic
wrestler, is the owner of the Benihana restaurant chain. Her
mother, Pamela Hilburger, is a jewelry designer of English and
German heritage. Her brother, Steve Aoki, is a well-known Los
Angeles, California DJ, and is the head of the Dim Mak record
label. She also has a sister.
Devon Aoki was discovered in New York at a Rancid concert she had gatecrashed. She began modeling at the age of 13.
Aoki has appeared in the movies 2 Fast 2 Furious, D.E.B.S., and Sin City, as well as in numerous magazines. She has modelled for the fashion houses Lancôme, Chanel, and Versace. Aoki is 5 ft 6 in (168cm)—an almost unheard of height for runway models, who are usually at least 5 ft 8 in tall—and is known as the world's shortest supermodel.
Earlier in her career Devon Aoki made a cameo appearance in Duran Duran's music video Electric Barbarella and, later, in Ludacris's Act a Fool. Music from this video was featured in the soundtrack of 2 Fast 2 Furious, which Ludacris and Aoki both appeared in.
Devon did not have her driver's license prior to filming 2 Fast 2 Furious and had to learn to drive during filming.
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