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Kiko Mizuhara
Thought we should start a thread on this girl, she's starring in the adaptation of Norwegian Wood, I watched it today and she's really captivating and just adorable-looking on screen .. I'm thinking it won't be long before we see her landing another big project.. I browsed her pictures on the net and she seems quite into fashion as well so she belongs here!.


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(somewhere at reuteurs she's listed as a model, I can't find any info on that but maybe she's transitioned from model to actress??)

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TOKYO - JANUARY 22: Model Kiko Mizuhara poses during the 'Somewhere' preview and reception at Louis Vuitton Roppongi Hills on January 22, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open in Japan on April 2.







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Kiko Mizuhara attends the NY RAW Special Edition Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection presented by G-Star RAW during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2011 in New York City.

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Kiko Mizuhara attends the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at N.Y. State Armory on February 15, 2011 in New York City.



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Photographed by Lina Scheynius

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At just 20 years old, the Korean-American actor and model Kiko Mizuhara has claimed the identity of one of Japan's biggest literary heroines as her own. She plays the upbeat Midori in the forthcoming adaptation of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood, a romantic, nostalgic tale that quickly attained cult status both domestically and globally when it was published in 1987. The movie, directed by Anh Hung Tran, is eagerly anticipated by fans and critics alike, after generating a buzz at the Toronto Film Festival last year.

"The first time I went on set, there was a lot of pressure," admits Mizuhara, while preparing for AnOther's digital cover shoot in London. "It's such a big film, and Rinko Kikuchi is in it... and she's, just, amazing. At that time, I didn’t know that I wanted to act as I hadn’t done it before. But it was fine because everybody was so nice."

Mizuhara is 5'4" and birdlike, soberly dressed in black peg trousers and a beige chiffon shirt, modishly fastened right up to her neck. Her long dark hair was cut into a bob for the film, which is set in Sixties Tokyo, and she wears it short still, eighteen months after saying her final lines. She is quiet, gentle and considered, but has deep, twinkling eyes and a resonant laugh. "My character in the film has had a sad life," she explains. "She's alone but she's still positive. Sometimes she's down but she doesn't think about it. Ken'ichi Matsuyama [who plays main character Watanabe] was so good at being sad that he pulled me into it. It was very hard, but I just had to keep smiling."

It's easy to imagine that smile affecting her co-stars in exactly the same way; Kiko Mizuhara is known for her youthful and vibrant grin, which has been splashed across the front covers of Seventeen, ViVi and several Barney's campaigns. Her inherent girlishness has been her biggest selling point, but latterly she feels ready to strike a more serious note.

In Norwegian Wood, Mizuhara wears cartoonish hair clips, heart-print blouses, pinafore dresses and apron skirts that reference preppy and mod styles; for this shoot, stylist Katie Shillingford has captured the evolution of her character, dressing Mizuhara in Hussein Chalayan's spring/summer collection, a strong but simple selection of dresses, blouses and skirts that encapsulates not only a clean and modern aesthetic but also a feminine, vintage feel. A flat panelled blazer enhances Mizuhara’s natural Garçonne aesthetic, while chintzy and sprig print dresses recall her innate demureness, as well as the retro-chic of her latest venture. A severely cut tabard dress is softened by a flowing white underskirt: the perfect melding of Mizuhara’s brittle looks and syrupy personality.

"I love things that are cute," says Mizuhara when asked about fashion. "Today, everything I'm wearing is from Topshop. But I like Céline and I love vintage clothes – so London is a perfect place for me."

Having already scoured Topshop, she is intent on rummaging through the capital's retro boutiques too. "I like to travel," she adds. "I wouldn't want to work only in Tokyo. And I love London – I love that it's so cold. When we came out of the airport with our bags, it was so freezing, it was like we were in a new world."

Norweigen Wood is released in UK cinemas on 11 March 2011

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Model: Kiko Mizuhara
Photography: Lina Scheynius
Styling: Katie Shillingford
Text: Harriet Walker
Hair: Raphael Salley at Streeters
Make-up: Lucy Burt at Premier
Styling assistants: Nelma Kalonji and Beatriz de Cossio Dominguez

Shot on location at Columbia Hotel. Special thanks to Junsuke Yamasaki.

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Great thread thanks for starting it
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I thought she was Japanese ??

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She has such a natural cool attitude (in photos at least, because I haven't seen any of her movies yet!) I was almost certain that she was Japanese because of her name then found out she was actually Korean in the AnOther interview.

From what I've read, the costumes seem really fantastic in Norwegian Wood. I'm all for preppy mod sixties looks.

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My new girl crush! She's beautiful and her style is cute. I love her in the Miu Miu dress. Thanks mulletproof! More pics please!

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^^ it's hard to notice the outfits when the screen also has 1) gorgeous Japanese sceneries 2) Kenichi's face 3) Rinko's face 4) Kiko's face ... I did love the white cardigan she's wearing at a bar. She has such a model-esque figure, her first scene is hilarious, she looks like a walking advertising of some cool, 60s-inspired brand.

I also thought she was Japanese but then I read that she was born in Texas.. or raised in Texas (hard to believe when you hear her accent when speaking English). I'm so ignorant when it comes to Asia .. she has a blog and I can't even tell what it's written in (Japanese or Korean). Anyway, gorgeous girl!, I'll try to post more pics as soon as I find them!.

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^ Ah, need to find out local screenings a.s.a.p.

Her blog is written in Japanese! Again, so cool... she has great taste in music.

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