CHIHARU OKUNUGI

CHIHARU OKUNUGI

Get to know the photographers’ favourite, who was discovered on a train station and can shop without ever taking a break.

Chiharu Okunugi in the H&M Studio fashion show 2015.

With razor-sharp cheekbones, full lips and a kind heart, 22-year-old Tokyo native Chiharu Okunugi is about to hit the next level in modelling. Chiharu was discovered back in 2011 while waiting for the train that was supposed to take her to school. Instead of just opening the doors to a crowded commuter train and yet another day of high school, the doors to the world opened for the teenager. From then on, she’s booked one high-profiled editorial after the other and has worked with some of the world’s most renowned fashion photographers – Mert & Marcus, Steven Meisel and Sølve Sondsbø to name three.

Aside from high-profiled editorials, Chiharu has landed a bunch of coveted campaigns for fashion powerhouses like Chanel, Dior and Céline. Obviously she’s an H&M favourite too. You might recognize her from our H&M Life editorials in The Item.

During a recent shoot Chiharu took the time to answer our Top Model Secret’s questionnaire. Keep scrolling to find out more about the model in-demand.

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS…
“I can’t pick a favourite because everyone I’ve worked with is amazing in their own way!”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OF…
“My Chanel campaign for A/W 2013.”

My most memorable show was…
“I walked the Alexander McQueen show in 2014. It was incredible.”

The artist who always gets me going at a shoot is…
“Rihanna.” 

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS… 
“Chilling with my friends.” 

MY MODEL ICON IS… 
“Saskia de Brauw.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS… 
“Beauty sleep ;)” 

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY… 
“Running, doing yoga etc.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I… 
“Use Moroccan hair oil.”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS… 
“Dinner with my girlfriends!!”

MY SECRET TALENT IS… 
“Shopping with no breaks! Hahaha.” 

I SMELL LIKE… 
“Tom Ford’s Jasmine Rouge.”

MY FAVOURITE OFF-DUTY LOOK IS… 
“I like to keep it super chilled; so jeans, a crisp white T-shirt and sneakers.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…  
“Travelling.” 

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… 
“Get lots of sleep and stay hydrated.”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS… 
“Le Bristol, Paris.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS… 
“Sukiyabashi Juro [Jiro Ono’s restaurant] in Tokyo.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE… 
“Eggs and coffee.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK… 
“Face cream and comfy pillows.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME, I… 
“Shop!”

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… 
“Be yourself!”

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS… 
“Clothes!!” 

Being a model, I’ve learnt… 
“To speak English and now I’m learning French!”

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO…
“I don’t ever want to stop modelling. I love my job, but I would love to have a family.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS… 
“Japanese variety shows.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING…  
Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington.”

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS… 
“Be the best that I can be!”

 

 

CHIHARU OKUNUGI

AGE: 22

AGENCY: New York Models

DISCOVERED: On her way to high school in Japan

CITY: New York & Tokyo

INSTAGRAM: @chiharuokunugi

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