The timing of a model’s debut can almost always determine the success one can anticipate from the career. When Chiharu Okunugi appeared on the scene four years ago in Paris, she was met with an incredible runway season, walking for the likes of Yohji Yamamoto, Hermès and Thierry Mugler. Shortly after she has appeared on covers for Love and Vogue Japan, while also heralding coveted Chanel and Céline ad campaigns.
“I was discovered on my way back home from school,” explains Chiharu. “I was waiting for the train and I was still wearing my school uniform!” Here, Chiharu unwinds with Playing Fashion and has some fun. For all the mounted success, the young model remains down-to-Earth as she talks to us about tennis, nutrition and the ultimate fun: shopping.
I GREW UP
in Tokyo. I was a regular girl: went to school, hung out with friends, spent time with family. Now I live about 15 minutes from my childhood home.
I ALWAYS START MY DAY
with a cup of hot coffee. When I leave my house, my 5 must-haves are my phone, wallet, keys, a watch and lots of rings.
I AM SUPER INTERESTED
in nutrition. I have been reading lots of books on it… It’s so informative! I have started to incorporate it into my cooking too.
MY MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
is walking the Mugler show. It was my first show in Paris for the Spring/Summer 2012 collections, so I remember it very well.
TIME OUT FOR ME
is all about relaxing. One of my great friends in Tokyo owns an amazing spa and I love to go there with some friends to unwind.
MY GUILTY PLEASURE
is shopping. More recently, I have been liking a lot of vintage and older pieces.
IF I WEAR MAKEUP
it’s usually just a little bit of mascara and concealer. I also spray a little bit of a Tom Ford fragrance on which I have been using forever.
MY SKINCARE REGIME
is very simple. I use easy and organic products for my face and body. My skin is rather dry, so I use lots of creams and oils. I believe that is the best thing for dry skin – to keep it moisturized.
MY FAVORITE SPORT
is tennis. I absolutely love to play it, but I have gotten a bit out of practice… I’m waiting on Spring to get here so I can get back out there!
Opening image: Breelayne sleeveless dress; Eric Javits hat.
Photography by Tim Zaragoza; styling by Sayuri Murakami; hair by Yuhi Kim; makeup by Kento Utsubo; model: Chiharu Okunugi @ NYMM; casting by Bert Martirosyan.
Follow Chiharu on Instagram: @chiharuokunugi