Age: 25 | Hometown: Daejeon, South Korea How do you say hello where you are from? Annyeong-haseyo. What is your coffee order? When I go to a café, I just order a black coffee.
What are you wearing right now? I’m wearing a leather jacket by my friend, who is a Korean designer. The brand is called Nohant. I’m also wearing boots by Rag & Bone, and my shirt and jeans are from Zara. What are the three items you always keep in your purse? My camera, my lip balm, and a little pouch with facial cleanser and mist.
How were you discovered? In Korea, when I decided I wanted to be a model, I went into an agency, and they signed me. Most memorable modeling moment: I’ll never forget my first runway season; it was such an amazing experience traveling to all the different countries and meeting all the different people. Most embarrassing modeling moment: In a fashion show I didn’t understand the directions and when I was coming off the runway I went into the wrong door and got so confused! Favorite model of all time: Karen Elson. If you weren’t modeling, what would be your dream job? When I was younger I had in mind a lot of dream jobs, but I remember wanting to be a professor the most. Name one natural talent you wish you had: The ability to sing! I am a terrible singer.
Describe your style in five words: Comfortable, cool, tomboyish, chic, and simple. Favorite designer: Alexander Wang. If you could trade closets with someone else, whose would you choose? Sienna Miller. What new addition to your wardrobe are you currently craving this season? A jeweled purse from Dolce & Gabbana that I saw this season. What item in your closet do you most cherish? Why? My Rag & Bone boots that are so comfortable and really fit my style.
What nail polish color are you wearing right now? None—I love clear and clean nails. Beauty item you cannot live without: La Prairie eye cream—it moisturizes my eyes so well and really makes me feel awake! Who was the last person to cut your hair? My friend in Korea who works on a lot of shoots there—his name is Hye Young Lee. How do you stay in model shape? Any tricks of the trade? I walk everywhere, and for breakfast I always have a vegetable-and-fruit smoothie.
What is your Twitter handle? @jihyepark0206. Name one Twitter page you follow: My agency, @elitenyc. What songs are on repeat on your iPod right now? PSY’s “Gentleman.” What movie is at the top of your Netflix queue? Love, Actually.
One place you always visit while in New York: Koreatown—it really makes me comfortable and feel at home. Where would you like to go on your next vacation? Busan in Korea—it is the second biggest city and has wonderful beaches and great food.
What quality is most attractive in a boyfriend/girlfriend? I think a great personality is the most important thing. What quality do you most appreciate in a friend? Dependability. I love to have friends that will be there for me. Subject you could wax poetic about/something that fascinates you: Nature. What are your words to live by? “Enjoy your job, enjoy your life.”