28 Fun Facts About Our August Cover Girl, Yuka Mannami

You’ve seen her on our latest cover and fashion spread, and perhaps read about her in our cover story too. Now get to know Yuka Mannami a little better as we clue you in on the model’s life, quirks and interests just in time for her 28th birthday tomorrow!

If you’re not one of the hundreds of thousands of followers keeping a close eye on her daily activities and idiosyncrasies on Instagram, the name Yuka Mannami might not ring a bell. But, chances are that you might recognise her unmistakable oriental features and black waist-length hair with super short blunt-cut bangs from major runway shows, international fashion editorials and the covers of prominent fashion magazines – or most notably, some of Shiseido’s biggest advertising campaigns in recent years, of which she is a global ambassador.

BLOUSE, LONGCHAMP

DRESS, AND BOOT, BOTH BALENCIAGA

COAT, AND BELT, BOTH ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

LONG-SLEEVED TOP, AND DRESS, BOTH SPORTMAX

TOP, PANTS, AND HEELS, ALL MAX MARA

TOP, AND PANTS, BOTH LOUIS VUITTON

DRESS, AND BELT, BOTH LONGCHAMP

BLOUSE, LONGCHAMP

Here are 28 things you might not have known about her:

  1. What’s your favourite holiday?

Yuka: “Summer holiday!”

  1. What’s your favourite season of the year?

Y: “The end of summer!”

  1. What’s your idea of a perfect road trip?

Y: “Wherever I get to be close to nature!”

  1. What’s the best thing to do at home on a rainy day?

Y: “Play video games!”

  1. What’s your favourite exercise?

Y: “Ballet!”

  1. What’s the best way to de-stress?

Y: “Go to a karaoke!”

  1. What makes you smile the most?

Y: “Manga.”

  1. What’s the cutest thing in the world?

Y: “My dog, Nachimaru.”

  1. What’s the coolest thing in the world?

Y: “Enjoying my work!”

  1. What would you be if you weren’t a model?

Y: “A nurse.”

  1. What words do you tend to overuse?

Y: “Sorry and thank you!”

  1. What’s your favourite pizza topping?

Y: “Teriyaki chicken.”

  1. What’s your favourite dessert?

Y: Douhua (tofu pudding).”

  1. What’s your favourite ice-cream flavour?

Y: “Green tea.”

  1. White or milk chocolate?

Y: “Both!”

  1. What’s your favourite drink?

Y: “Bubble tea!”

  1. How do you like your coffee to be?

Y: “With a lot of milk!”

  1. Heels or flats?

Y: “Flats!”

  1. Diamonds or pearls?

Y: “Diamonds!”

  1. What’s your favourite band?

Y: “I have two favourite bands – Tokyo Incidents and Wednesday Campanella.”

  1. If you could go to any concert, whose would it be?

Y: “Studio Ghibli Orchestra.”

  1. If your life was a song, what would it be called?

Y: What will be, will be.”

  1. If you could master one musical instrument, what would it be?

Y: “The violin.”

  1. What’s your all-time favourite movie?

Y: Flashdance.”

  1. What movie never fails to make you cry?

Y: About Time.”

  1. What’s the next book you plan on reading?

Y: Star Prince.”

  1. How will you be celebrating your birthday this year?

Y: “I’ll be in Okinawa, Japan, with my friends!”

  1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Y: “The ability to fly!”

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY TAYLOR TUPY ASSISTED BY KYLE KEKINA CINEMATOGRAPHY DAVID GEFFIN STYLING AND COORDINATION CHERYL TAN ASSISTED BY MARISSA NANARONE MAKEUP MIKELE SIMONE USING CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAIR GONN KINOSHITA USING AMIKA MODEL YUKA MANNAMI/THE SOCIETY MODELS LOCATION GREENWICH, USA

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