Hi! Welcome to my Wonderland! Some things you might want to know about me —
I am a model, stylist, and an artist.
My modeling portfolio consists of alternative, fashion, and editorial shoots. I’ve been published in photography books, magazines, and used in international print campaigns. I was also featured on the television show, “NY Ink.”
Currently I’m looking to expand my portfolio and collaborate with innovate artists
to make the world a more interesting and beautiful place.
Birthday: January 12th
*** FAQ ***
1. How long have you been modeling for and why did you first choose pinup?
It started with my passion for hair, makeup and styling. I was part of the rockabilly scene – car shows, rock bands, bettie bangs, and tattoos – and I’d always gawk at the hot pinup girls on the hotrods. I wanted to break into the fashion industry and create editorial art, so I started building my portfolio styling pinup shoots. Soon after, I discovered that I really enjoyed being in front of the camera and started modeling in 2009. I loved the freedom I had to express myself with full range of creativity and no reservations. I also really love collaborating with different photographers and other artists. I was always inspired by the vintage retro culture, and still love to mix the retro style with a neo-technicolor swag!
2. How have you become so confident in yourself?
I’d like to think I’m confident 100% of the time, but that would be a lie. I take on a different persona when I’m front of the camera. I can be very bright, eccentric, uninhibited and happy when in the studio, but in real life, I am very shy and can be self critical. Like most people, I’m trying to learn how to accept both my strengths and weaknesses, so I’m building confidence through self acceptance – over time.
3. You were adopted. Do you think this has affected the person you are today?
Yes, I was adopted from Seoul, Korea when I was 4 months old. People tend to ask me about my “real” parents, but the mother and father who raised me are my “real” parents. I know very little about my biological parents. When you look at my family, there’s no question that I was adopted. My dad is from England and my mom is from Germany. I’m so thankful for my parents and my sister (my best friend). If I hadn’t been adopted from the orphanage, my life would be completely different. My family has always encouraged me to be myself, and discover my own passions. They’ve nurtured my creativity and supported me. I love my family. I couldn’t ask for a better family, because they don’t exist.
4. You are very popular. How long did it take for you to become so recognized and was it difficult?
I’ve seen the most growth in my career these past two years, but I wouldn’t say this work is easy by any means. There have been a lot more misses than hits! I just keep going and moving forward. Since 2011, I’ve been on eleven magazine covers and I was featured on a television show (NY Ink), so I would say it’s the published work that has really gotten my name out there.
5. What’s your advice for girls that want to get into the world of modeling?
If I was a mentor the best advise I could give is this:
Know who you are and stay true to yourself. Make a goal. Envision where you’re going. Find your passion. Strive to fulfill it. Never do anything you don’t feel comfortable with. Nurture your strengths. Delegate weak areas to others so you don’t stifle your creativity. Collaborate with artists who share the same passions. Stay inspired.
6. Who do you see as your role model?
I have many role models. The celebrity I look up to the most right now is Lady Gaga. Of course I don’t know her personally, but her resilience is truly amazing. I love her artistic and creative way of thinking outside the box. She does what no other artist has done before, to that extent. Especially influencing pop culture. I have respect for her music, and I like some of it. But my taste in music normally is far from pop. I just think she’s kick ass artist!
7. Are you more flattered by female or male fans?
Females all the way! I love that I can inspire girls. Women can see farther, beyond the exterior and just an attractive lady. They see the message in our concepts, or the beauty in the makeup and styling. Seeing each other and how we do our own hair, makeup, and fashion gives us a connection, and we can all inspire each other.
8. When did you start coloring your hair? How do you get the colors so vibrant?
I started coloring my hair funky colors when I was 17 and in beauty school. (Wow its been a while!) The colors stay so vibrant because of the products I use -Manic Panic, Pravana, Inkworks and I keep the shampooing to a maximum 3 times a week. I use the primary colors, and choose a specialty block color placement, so when I wash my hair they bleed into each other and make a rainbow
9. Any advice for girls that want to have colored hair like you? What should they do or not do?
Get it professionally done by someone who’s experienced. The biggest mistake that girls make is bleaching their own hair by themselves. You must get your canvas (hair) to a pale white to extremely light blonde. Having naturally black hair myself, this can be very difficult to achieve. Stripping out the color can be pretty brutal on your hair! Healthy colored hair is a hell of a lot better than fried colored hair. It’s also important to know the color wheel, so when you apply bight crazy colors they wont bleed and make a doo-doo murky color when you wash it.
10. How do you get your makeup like that? Any tips?
I have very small Korean eyes. Tiny. So I’m always finding ways to make them look bigger, especially for photo shoots. I get a dramatic look by using thick black eyeliner (black track from MAC and an angle brush) and huge eyelashes, which I glue upwards. I again tend to use different shades of the primary colors and blend them to get a rainbowish effect. You can also never go wrong with too much glitter! And, painting your lips slightly outside your natural line give you that illusion of a voluminous pout!
11. When you’re not modeling, what are you doing for fun?
I love spending time with my family, friends, and my cats. I feed my soul with music. I love going to small rockabilly, psychobilly, and ska shows. I enjoy longboarding (skate boarding), bombing hills or riding on the bike track at Venice Beach. I also recently started learning aerial ribbons, so I just might run away to join the circus!
12. The meaning behind your tattoos?
Heart: My kitty who passed away on Halloween.
Blackbird: My daddo’s song from the Beatles . It’s our song that represents the growth in both of us, and of the struggles we’ve had to overcome.
Skull: For my sister who passed away from cancer when I was 13.
Peacock: For my mom. I used to sit by the stained glass peacock on our front door and wait for her to come home from work. I knew when she would walk through that front door, everything would be okay.
Rainbow Bird: Also for my mom. She used to tell me a story about god painting all of the birds beautiful colors with his paint brushes. But there was a little grey bird he forgot to paint. The grey bird was sad and felt like she was forgotten. God reassured the little one that she was not forgotten and reached for his paint brush. He got a little bit of color from each bucket and painted the little bird. She was a rainbow. The grey little bird who was forgotten, became a beautiful rainbow bird who will always be remembered.
13. Favorite candy?
Strawberry Mentos, Reeses Pieces, and Tootsie Pops – The new pink strawberry kind.
14. Cupcake flavor?
Vanilla cupcakes with puffy whipped frosting… sprinkles and a cherry (They must be visually stimulating).
Chocolate is always awesome. So are Oreos.
15. Ice cream?
Animal cookie and confetti cake ice cream from Thriftys/RiteAid.
(You see why my dentist hates me? I’m surprised I’m not a diabetic.)