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.
Here are 28 things you might not have known about her:
- What’s your favourite holiday?
Yuka: “Summer holiday!”
- What’s your favourite season of the year?
Y: “The end of summer!”
- What’s your idea of a perfect road trip?
Y: “Wherever I get to be close to nature!”
- What’s the best thing to do at home on a rainy day?
Y: “Play video games!”
- What’s your favourite exercise?
- What’s the best way to de-stress?
Y: “Go to a karaoke!”
- What makes you smile the most?
- What’s the cutest thing in the world?
Y: “My dog, Nachimaru.”
- What’s the coolest thing in the world?
Y: “Enjoying my work!”
- What would you be if you weren’t a model?
Y: “A nurse.”
- What words do you tend to overuse?
Y: “Sorry and thank you!”
- What’s your favourite pizza topping?
Y: “Teriyaki chicken.”
- What’s your favourite dessert?
Y: “Douhua (tofu pudding).”
- What’s your favourite ice-cream flavour?
Y: “Green tea.”
- White or milk chocolate?
- What’s your favourite drink?
Y: “Bubble tea!”
- How do you like your coffee to be?
Y: “With a lot of milk!”
- Heels or flats?
- Diamonds or pearls?
- What’s your favourite band?
Y: “I have two favourite bands – Tokyo Incidents and Wednesday Campanella.”
- If you could go to any concert, whose would it be?
Y: “Studio Ghibli Orchestra.”
- If your life was a song, what would it be called?
Y: “What will be, will be.”
- If you could master one musical instrument, what would it be?
Y: “The violin.”
- What’s your all-time favourite movie?
- What movie never fails to make you cry?
Y: “About Time.”
- What’s the next book you plan on reading?
Y: “Star Prince.”
- How will you be celebrating your birthday this year?
Y: “I’ll be in Okinawa, Japan, with my friends!”
- If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Y: “The ability to fly!”
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Enter the dreamy world of our latest cover girl and model Yuka Mannami through this film, shot in between the scenes of our August cover and fashion spread. A diverse crew from all over the world made the shoot with @yuka happen and you can see the gorgeous results in our August issue, out now! ? Director: @TaylorTupy Cinematography: @DaveGeffin Styling: @CherylTanStylist Editor: Yang Mei Ling Makeup: @MikeleSimoneBeauty Hair: Gonn Kinoshita @gonn24 Photo assistant: Kyle Kekina Styling assistant: Marissa Nanarone Location: Greenwich, USA
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