Meet the Filipino-Japanese Model Who’s Rocking the Fashion World
Meet Filipino-Japanese model Rina Fukushi. She has conquered not only Tokyo but the catwalks of Paris fashion.
Miu Miu’s star-studded casts are never short on top models, but even in the midst of Gigi Hadid and Anna Ewers, there are plenty new faces worth noticing. This season, Tokyo discovery Rina Fukushi joined Miuccia Prada’s runway girl gang, bringing an ultra-cool vibe and the kind of eye-catching beauty that makes casting directors sit up and take notice. Fukushi, wrapping up a fashion month filled with shows from the biggest designers, has gone from being one of Fashion Week Tokyo’s top girls to walking for Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, and now Miu Miu. An anime fan with a love of photography, vintage shopping, and travel, Fukushi is the latest well-rounded catwalker to hit the scene.
Here, six key facts about the model who took Miu Miu by storm today.
1. She never passes up an opportunity to go vintage shopping.
“I think my personal style is all about nuance; I’m always thinking about that when I get dressed. If I shop, I like to do so at thrift stores or vintage shops in New York, Paris, and Milan as I’m traveling, and I go to vintage shops in Tokyo when I’m home. You can find so many good things from the ’70s with rock ’n’ roll style.”
2. She learned the ropes at LV.
“My very first Paris show was Louis Vuitton last [Fall] season—everyone was so kind. The experience was very stimulating, and I felt like I learned so much by getting to watch closely as Nicolas [Ghesquière] and the team worked.”
3. For her, it’s truly all about the clothes.
“It’s just a pleasure to get to feel and see the clothes. When I’m working, I feel like I’m gaining momentum. I want to continue expressing myself in various ways in and out of modeling.”
4. But the best part of the job? Getting to see new places.
“I loved visiting New York! I got to be there for two weeks before my first show this season, so I had a chance to explore and get to know the city. This month, I tried to see a little bit of each place I traveled to.”
5. She’s hooked on anime.
“I love the work of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. I think Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro are my favorites; Totoro is so cute!”
6. Her main hobby is stepping behind the camera, but she’s always down for breaking into song.
“When I’m with my friends, I like just to listen to music; I’ll do karaoke with my family. Sometimes I’ll take photos of my friends or just document the moment. I was surprised how much fun I had in Paris with my camera when I was waiting for the shows to start.”
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