Korean-American model, street style and social media darling who started gracing catwalks about four years ago, shares in an exclusive interview how she’s having the time of her life and what it takes to look and feel her best at fashion shows.
What do you do to prepare yourself for Fashion Week?
About two months before, I will start working out a little more than usual. I try to avoid alcohol and eat a balanced diet.
How does your beauty routine change leading up to Fashion Week?
I apply a lot more masks. I also make sure to get my sleep, because there is nothing better for your skin than regular sleep. I’ll also apply a little extra cream before bed so it acts as an overnight mask.
What is the best part of the experience for you? What are you most excited about?
Catching up with my friends from all over the world. And, of course, I always get excited to dress up!
How did you feel during your very first Fashion Week? How different is it now after having walked a few runways and been to all of the parties?
I had no idea what to expect. I started my career as a model, so I should have been going to castings. But I decided to start over as an influencer and attend the shows. I came from Seoul and no one knew who I was, they just knew me as “the girl with the rainbow hair.” Now after a few seasons (this one will be my eighth), I’m so grateful to be doing what I love, and every season it gets better.
Which beauty products are always in your bag when you’re running around from shows to parties and everything in between?
One of my favourite products is the Estée Edit Inside Track eyeliner, which I use to touch up my eyes. I also love Beam Team, which brightens up my face. I just rub a bit between my fingers and dab it on top of my makeup to freshen up.
How do you find time to relax and wind down?
I love a long salt bath, especially when I’m traveling—it really helps me relax and get rid of my fatigue. I also go through a lot of Stress Relief Eye Masks and Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask!
Any guilty pleasures that you can’t get through the month without?
I always carry gummy bears with me. I also have a pink silk robe that I take with me to every city because it makes me feel like I’m home. Before I go to bed, I’ll add a few drops of lavender oil around my pillow to help me sleep.
What is your no-fail trick to looking bright-eyed, awake and camera-ready, even when you’re exhausted?
Going to the gym in the morning. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes, that gets rid of my puffiness.
How do you keep your energy up throughout the hectic days?
Not staying out too late and making sure I eat healthy. One to two cups of coffee also help.
Of all the Fashion Weeks around the world, which city is your favourite and why?
Paris, because the city itself is so beautiful and romantic. I always try to do non fashion-week related activities when I’m there, like go to the museums or other cultural visits.
What is the first thing you do after you’ve wrapped your last show?
Go for sushi and take a looooong nap.
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Text: Cynthia Chew
Image: Estee Lauder