From the East Asian republic of South Korea comes our model of the month for December 2013. Ambitious to become a model since high school, 5-foot-9.5-inch student Ji Young Kwak was immediately picked up by an agency in her native Seoul, thereon embarked her journey to make a name for herself in the demanding world of fashion.
Currently the face of River Island, Kwak had a strong fashion week debut, walking for blue chip designers such as Christopher Kane and Loewe.
Not surprisingly, the oriental charmer outdid herself the following Spring/Summer 2014 show season, booking Zac Posen, Giles Deacon, Dries van Noten and Chanel, among others. With a promising career ahead of her, Kwak is definitely one to look out for in the coming months.
Did you always wanted to be a model, or did you stumble upon it, get discovered etc.? Who or what inspired you to become a model? How did you get started in the modeling business?
What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model? What do you like least? Have you encountered any surprises along the way? What has been your most awkward moment (of your modeling career)?
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
Is there a difference in posing when you are doing a cover and an editorial?
Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc… If so, what did you do?
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
Your favorite store?
What are your best beauty secrets?
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
Favorite kind of food:
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
What’s controversial or unique about you?
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that affects you? Why?
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
I'd like to meet …
What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview?
Thank you Kwak for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Editor:Iva Intro: Theo Villegas