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Beautiful Spirit New York

Munemi talks with Michelle Buswell and Tiiu Kuik.

Top Model Best Friends. – Friends are fortune.

Interview&Text by Munemi

Munemi: How long have you guys been best friends?

Michelle and Tiiu: 5 years.

Munemi: How did you guys meet?

Tiiu: At a fashion show.

Michelle: In Paris!

Tiiu: I was putting my socks on. That was for… I think Karl Lagerfeld.

Michelle: Yeah, Lagerfeld.

Munemi: And you guys hit it off right away?

Tiiu: Yeah, we were the two outcasts that didn’t have any friends. (Laugh) We were kind of stuck.

Michelle: Yeah, but also I think it has to do a lot with Tiiu being free, fun to goof around with, somebody who I can eat a whole pizza with, tell jokes, not take things too seriously. She is my class clown buddy.

Tiiu: Michelle is great. She always has a smile on her face so she always makes me happy whenever I am with her, still 5 years later.

Munemi: She sure does have that beautiful smile always.
How do you guys like living in New York?

Tiiu: I love NY. I never get tired of it yet.

Michelle: You can’t. You can’t get tired of NY. That’s the problem. The energy here is incredible, it's alive 24/7, every hour, every minute, something is going on in the city that you could do. You can’t just sit home and go “What can I do? Nothing to do.”

Tiiu: Actually, first time I came here for 2 weeks I hated it. Then after I went home I started missing. Second time I came here I knew I wanted to live here. And food! And also I love the energy here. I think NY always pushes you. Anything from work and to finding yourself. You have to know who you are when you are living in NY.

Munemi: Any spot you like for going out?

Michelle: I would like to mix it up if I go out. I like homes.

Tiiu: Me too, the only place I keep going back is Indocine. http://www.indochinenyc.com/ Because it’s one of my good friend's favorite, favorite, favorite place. And food there is pretty good too.

Munemi: Oh, that’s where you guys held my birthday dinner. Lovely.
Do you guys have a place you like for spa, massage, and dermatologist?

Tiiu: I go to the dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross. http://www.mdskincare.com/ He is very good. I was having some problems on my skin and he completely fixed it, everything I was complaining about. I was referred from a friend of mine, who was suffering from really bad acne that nobody could help, and she finally went to this doctor and he fixed it in like 2 months.

Michelle: For me, it’s Korean body scrub. They are the best in the city too. It’s called Hanyang Beauty Salon & Yi Pak Spa. 10 W 32nd St. 3rd Fl. (212) 868-0851. After the treatment your whole body’s skin feels so smooth and great.

Munemi: Yeah, I love that place too. And for their 2 hours course, they do a cucumber pack that feels really good on your face.
Favorite beauty products?

Michelle Buswell's favorite cosmetics.

Rodin - olio lusso
BIODERMA - Clealine H20
la prairie - cellular lip renewal concentrate
Rosette Cleansing Paste
舞妓さんのあぶらとり紙 [English translation not available]
Burt's Bees Lip Blam
Becca - Luminous Skin Colour/Becca - Shimmering Skin Perfector
YSL - Touche E'clat
Too Faced – Lash Injection/ Divinora mascara
BOURJOIS - Eye shadow 54 Marron Glace
est - emotional aura gloss EX11 / est - advanced lips 301 / YSL - Gloss Pur 4
DR. HUNTER'S - Hand Cream
est - nail color 23
est - emotional multiple eyes 01
MAC - Eye pencil – Taupe
Deborah Italia - Authentique 302 madomoiselle, Rouge Baiser Paris 209
Shu Uemura - UV UNDER BASE SPF 10

Tiiu Kuik's favorite cosmetics.
BECCA - Liminous Skin Colour Tinted Moisturiser SPF 25+
Dove - Facial wipes
est - nail color 02 / essie - 653 SHORT SHORTS / OPI - NAIL LACQUER DON'T BE KOI WITH ME
Cover Girl - Smoothwear Lip Tint Blush wine
est - emotional aura gloss EX22
Stella MaCartney - Eau de Parfume ( bottle customised for Tiiu )
est - emotional multiple eyes 03
SHISEIDO The Makeup - Stick Foundation
MAC Brush - 168SE, Shu Uemura Brush - 20 pony
KIEHLS - Blue Herbal Spot Treatment
Shu Uemura - Eyelash curler

[pics of beauty products included at the source]

Munemi: What’s the best part of modeling?

Michelle: Traveling. I Love traveling. I live for it.

Tiiu: Yeah, traveling. And meeting the best friend!

Michelle: And becoming worldly. Just have the opportunities to be so young and get a chance to live on your own in New York City, get the opportunities to meet people we get to meet, experiences that we get to experience, it’s priceless.

Tiiu: And it’s the only industry in the world that women have the upper hand and kind of cool to be part of it.

Munemi: So you guys love traveling. Where is your favorite place so far?

Michelle: Phuket, Thailand. It’s got the best people, the best food, and the best beaches. People there, how kind these people are - speechless. Honestly as whole, I never imagined it could be a community. And not to mention the beaches and islands. Take a speed boat around you get to see some spots that don’t even seem like from this planet. It’s just breathtaking. And food, it used to be when people ask me what food you like, I would say everything except curry, but after coming to Thailand it’s in my top three.

Tiiu: I have a lot of favorite places because they are all different, but I would say one of my top three is South Africa. Kruger National Park and there is a hotel called Lukimbi Safari Lodge. http://lukimbi.com/static. You go there for safari stuff. It's run by five rangers who do everything, take you out to safari, cook, and they are amazing cooks. It’s such a cozy amazing place that makes you feel so at home. And the safari tour is definitely people should experience once before you die. It was amazing. I was taking a bath in my room in the morning. There was this big floor to ceiling window and elephants walking by. We were having dinner out side at night and you hear lions. It was nothing like I have ever experienced before. I still get shaky thinking about it! I would love to go back to Africa and spend like a month.

Michelle: That makes you think that it’s important to preserve Africa’s nature, right?

Tiiu: Yeah, definitely. Second one is where I went with Michelle, Trancoso, Brazil. This is more for beaches. It’s a very quiet place and food was amazing. Food is very important for me when I am traveling. Just the energy there was very relaxing. Everyone was very calm.

Michelle: It shocks you how kind everyone is. Fragment Rock of South America is the first place the settlers settled so everybody has respect for this town even those just passing by. No violence, people keep their door open. It’s only an hour from San Paolo where every day people are being robbed with guns and knives. To just see that different energy and respect, it’s kind of amazing to see that the world does have that.

Tiiu: When we went to rent bikes, they don’t even give you locks they just give you a bike.

Tiiu: And then next place is my home, Tallinn, Estonia. Because every time I am back there it’s like traveling back in time to my childhood. It’s changed a lot but it’s still so small such a compact place that every time you go back you see the same people from your childhood. It’s changed a lot but the same time everything is kind of still the same. To me, it’s so beautiful. I think it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Munemi: Which designer did you guys have the most fun working with?

Michelle: (Jean Paul) Gaultier.

Tiiu: Gaultier. I love him.

Michelle: And he is so down to earth. I would walk into a fitting and he would ask me “How’s your sister?” Just the things you would never expect to directly remember. He is so real thinking how much celebrity he has in fashion.

Tiiu: He is amazing. He is one of the nicest people ever.

Michelle: Everything he makes, touches, is great.

Tiiu: And Tom Ford for me, of course. I love him. He is so funny. He’s got a great sense of humor. And he always looks perfect.

Michelle: And he decided every model has to look like Tiiu Kuik. That’s when all the tall girls came in.

Tiiu: My career took off in Milan when I met with Tom Ford. Until then everyone told me “Oh, you are too tall, too tall.“ Then I met with him and he put black tape on a wall and said, “From now on, everyone has to be this tall in my show.”

Michelle: And he made every girl have a mole on her face that season!

Tiiu: I always feel like I owe him a lot.

Michelle: It helped all the tall girls including myself, Hana (Soukupova), Julia (Stegner), all 6' plus girls ruled for a couple of years.

Tiiu: I even remember going to a Gucci casting. My agency was like “Uh, you are not really the type of girl they usually book, you are probably not going to get it.” And that made me more determined to get it.

Michelle: She was the first girl I met who wore the big heels when my agency was like “Don’t wear your heels.” Tiiu dressed up with the biggest heels she has. She carried her height with so much confidence. I had never worn high heels until I met her. Now, I discovered that's the most fun thing in the world. With Tiiu, two people, 6’7 enter a room dressed up and everyone looks at us.

Munemi: What would you say, what was your break, Michelle?

Michelle: Steven Meisel.
Trudi Tapscott, the booking editor at American Vogue then really liked me first time when I met her. That was about a year later, I moved to NY and I only had a Polaroid in my book. I was very relaxed and being myself and she picked it up and really liked it and said, “Oh, it’s really rare, usually girls come in here and barely say a word.” So I had her support from the very beginning and she tried to get me a “shape issue” with him. And the whole year she pushed him, pushed him over and over and when the next shape issue came up she told him “Well, I still really think we should use this girl.” And he said, “Okay, why not? You have been pushing this girl for a year.” So I went to do that shoot and it went really well. And Steven truly sat down with me and he told me “You really have what it takes. We think you should take it more seriously, get a trainer, make sure you are on point, ready to go, because this is what’s going to happen when this comes out. You are going to notice a difference.” The difference to have a photographer like him under your belt is insane. Because until then people would tell me “Oh, you are too tall, too commercial.“ Then it came out and in a week everyone was so different to me. It just shows you that there are thousands of beautiful girls out there and you can’t just give up because this one little break could change everything. Once I did that American Vogue shoot with him, I did a couple shoots with him for Italian and American Vogue. And he was doing all these groups of things and since I was a part of it, I shot campaigns for like Versace, Prada with the girls like Isabeli (Fontana), Daria (Werbowy), Raquel (Zimmermann), and now my career matched with all these girls and people comparing me equally with these girls boosted my career, since I am so commercial and such an American girl. For me to get the chance in high fashion was just amazing. So I took all of it.


source: openers.jp

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Munemi: Since I started knowing you guys, I always felt you both are so happy and relaxed. What’s the secret?

Tiiu: Well, I am a very private person and used to have very little people around me but once I started surrounding myself with very, very good quality people and really good friends that I love, I think that's what makes me happy. And of course, I have bad days too, but I always feel like if you smile then the world smiles back at you. If you have the happy energy about it then everything that comes toward you is kind of happy too and that makes you even happier. Also for me living in NY helps that and being with good friends.

Michelle: Having good parents really instills what life is about. You grow up knowing what’s important. That much of a lesson doesn’t have to be learned because it’s been passed on. It’s almost like you learned about good friends, a beautiful day, everything you have been blessed with, be happy for it, take it as an experience. So you just got to really hang in there even if you are in bad times and be curious about what the good thing is.

Munemi: Yeah, and I think even if you come from a bad background it’s important not to be sorry for yourself for so long. You have to toughen up and let it go at some point and accept life the way you came out and live with it. Everyone’s life set up is just so different when you come out to this world. But you can make a difference with yourself to make things better than what you got to start with.
Do you guys think both of you are naturally relaxed people?

Michelle: Yeah.

Tiiu: No, that’s what I am saying that I need to have a group of good people around me. I am just so sensitive to people around me. So it’s super important for my happiness.

Munemi: Yeah, friends and meeting people in life are really important. Even there are meetings that you only meet this person once in your life but he or she could leave you such a positive impact and might never see them again but it’s still one of the great things in life and that could even change something in your life.
Any future ideas?

Michelle: We have been throwing around ideas and keep writing them down and one of them is doing a clothing shop. The idea of doing a shop is to be on the other end of the buyers because there is a passion for fashion; you become addicted to it just like New York City. You might not realize it when you are in it but when you are away from it. So to be the buyer is to get to go to shows and be a part of it. There is a true passion for fashion. It’s fun and it’s expression. It’s so much you can express yourself through clothes.

Tiiu: And everything is so serious these days. This is one thing where it’s all about fun. I have a lot of respect for Alexander McQueen that he is not sitting out when the economy is this bad.

Michelle: But also the way you have to live modeling without your hair going gray or falling out is you have to live day by day. So it’s really hard to plan. You just have to keep your eyes and ears open for the opportunities.

Tiiu: And open your mind too. When people ask me what I want to do for the future I always say whatever comes my way I would try and see if I like it. If there is an acting job that comes in and I am interested, then I would do it or someone asks me to write something I would do it. Anything could be fun.

Munemi: Well, you don’t know what’s coming in your life that’s why life can be exciting too.

Michelle: Yeah, and I think acting also is a new future dream for me. It’s something I would be disappointed if that didn’t happen because it’s such a dream for so many people. It’s true that it’s such a dream to think that you could get paid to go on a set and getting to become someone else and wear amazing clothes, and you also get to stay in fashion.

Munemi: It’s kind of similar to modeling in a way and also you have a big personality for it.

Tiiu: Yeah, she has the best personality in the industry and she is my best friend!

source: openers.jp
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awe, that interview is precious. Thank you!

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awww, hana, tiiu & michelle need to come back!!! ASAP!

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^ Totally agree!!! It would have been amazing had Tiiu been in Paris for the couture shows! I could totally picture her wearing some of the JPG looks

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Thanks so much for the interview OriginalSin
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Tiiu for Rena Lange F/W 2009!!
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