One of the first Asian / Pinay actresses that I saw was Tia Carrere. With beauty in bountiful harvest, Tia Carrere was a vision for a lonely Pinoy in Berkeley in the 1990's. What a treat to see her on TV. Someone who looks like me is in thee mainstream.
But you have to realize that she is not only beauty. She has an ALBUM on Hawaiian music out. Just released on June 19, 2007. I can't even find it at Amazon.
This just goes to show you that acting and looks is just the surface. Sometimes, those actors and actresses actually can sing!