Signed with some of the most influential modelling agencies in Milan, New York and Barcelona, young Asian model Natsuko Natsuyama is taking the one way ticket to the top of the fashion world. Although she has never dreamed of becoming a model, the Japanese stunner was found on the streets of Tokyo and was then immediately spotted by the international fashion market.
Currently living on Brooklyn, Natsuko is getting offers from the top fashion photographers and working on prestigious fashion editorials, including the most recent in Vogue China.
Her beautiful symmetric face and the model measurements of 32-24-34.5" combined with a height of 5'9", give her the pass to be 'the new face' that is going to be seen on several fashion and beauty advertisements as well as on some of the most relevant international catwalks.
She represents the young generation of models and seems to know how to market herself by keeping her social media profiles up to date, since it helps to build up a good range of fashion collaborations.
Due to her impressive CV records and her portfolio, we have crowned this smart girl as our model of the month in March.
Where in Japan are you from? Tell us a little bit about your home country/town?
Iím from Kobe, which is located in western part of Japan. Kobe is full of beautiful seas and mountains. Also famous for Kobe beef.
Where did you have your first jobs outside Asia and how would you describe your first international experiences?
My first job outside of Asia was in New York. For me it was inspiring and exciting. I really enjoyed working alongside energetic and passionate people.
In which European fashion city do you like to work the most and why?
Itís hard for me to choose but I really like working in the Scandinavian countries such as Norway and Denmark. I really enjoy the modern high fashion which also incorporates a taste of casual attire.
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?
Iíve personally never thought I would one day become a model. My closest friends thought that I could be a model but I never really believed it until I was one day scouted by modeling agency in Tokyo.
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)?
My favorite aspect of being a model is the ability to be creative and having the opportunity to travel, meet amazing new people and learn other language and cultures. On the flipside I disliked working in a fast moving work situation where you have to adapt and pretty much do everything that is asked. But Iíve come to learn that this has made me tougher as a model.
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Thin, tough, and fun
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
Who is your favorite photographer? Why?
So many. I canít choose. I enjoy working with most photographers but the friendlier the better.
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
The hardest photo shoot for me was when I had to wear heels that werenít my size and had to push through for over 10 hours.
Is there a difference in posing when you are doing a cover and an editorial?
Not much of a difference.
Is there an artistic or general difference in doing editorials/covers in Europe opposed to USA?
In my opinion I feel that the US styles are more casual and edgy while European styles tend to be much more modern and I feel a sense of elegancy in their artistic taste.
Did anyone in the industry ask you to change your look, name, etc... If so, what did you do?
No one in the industry has asked me such things.
What tips and advice do you have for aspiring models just starting out, something you wish someone would have told you?
One advice I would recommend to models who are starting up is to listen to all the stories and mistakes that other experienced models have gone through.
Have you had any negative experiences with model agencies, talent scouts? What are top 3 warning signs to look out for?
Honestly, Iíve never much negative experiences with model agencies.
Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career?
I generally just want to enjoy every work I am involved in and to keep learning as much as I can.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
I think an agent and model share an important professional relationship and I believe that they must always be honest and friendly to each other.
Who is your favorite all-time model?
Do other models inspire you?
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
I believe that fashion has empowered me to mature as an adult.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
Fashion world, after joining it, I believe is much harder working and not as glorified as one may think from the outside.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Besides work I enjoy spending a lot of time with the closest people around me. I also like cooking, watching movies, listening to music, and working out.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Haider Ackermann, BLESS Nį 40, Taro Horiuchi.
What things in your wardrobe would you never throw away?
My favorite pair of black underwear
What era would you like to bring back?
Who is your style icon?
My friend who is a make-up artist, Yuco Aoki.
Your favorite store?
I enjoy shopping at used vintage stores
What are your best beauty secrets?
Sleeping well and incorporating physical activity into oneís daily life.
Do you have any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
Sleeping early before a morning shoot and drinking kale smoothies the morning of.
Do you believe in homemade recipes? Do you have one to share with us?
Not that I can think of.
How much attention do you pay to meditation & exercise, or is it all natural? How do you stay in shape?
Itís all natural but I try to work out as much I can
What makes you feel sexy?
When I get to wear fancy heels.
What is your favorite part about your body?
Favorite kind of food:
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
I think it means they avoid anything that is oily and try to stick with organic food as much as possible.
How would you describe yourself as a human being in three words?
Frank, strange, curious
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
I would like to be able to speak all languages spoken on earth
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
I like to cook, work out and hang out with friends
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that affects you? Why?
Yes my mentors are my friends who are in make up, they have a strong influence on me as they can relate to me in tough times or when I need suggestions.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
I canít clearly picture myself in ten years. Iím just working hard step by step at the work in front of me.
Do people act different around you since youíve become a model?
They've become more supportive in my work as a model since Iíve become one.
Do you have any model friend that you would suggest for the next model of the month on FMD?
Yes, Taiki Takahashi from Japan
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
I like listening to jazz, funk, house music. One of my favorite movies is ďAlmost FamousĒ
Whatís your favorite fashion magazine? Why?
I'd like to meet ...
Danny Trejo, the actor
Happiness is ...
The small things in everyday life
If you could change one thing in the past years, what would it be?
I have no regrets!
People have said I look like ...
What would you ask yourself that we havenít asked you in this interview?
None that I can think of, great group of questions! Thank you.
Thank you Natsuoko for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Intro: Klaudia Ciszonek, Interview: Iva Mirbach