tokyo now: kozue akimoro
Tokyo is a hyper modern metropolis, swarming with dark lolitas, punk Harajuku girls and heaps of emerging creative talent. As part of our Tokyo takeover, we profile four of the hottest it-girls on the block.
Kozue Akimoro by Mari Sarai. Kozue wears dress DressCamp. Shoes Diesel.
26 year old Kozue Akimoto is a model, DJ and absolute IT girl. Following a stint on MTV Japan reality series, Shibuhara Girls, she became known for her unique sense of style and damn good looks. With her long, sleek, Morticia Addams hair and precious pout, Kozue can usually be found on the covers of Japanese fashion magazines and looking fabulous at fashion week. Watch out boys! Her dad is one of the most famous sumo wrestlers in Japan...
Who are your all time favourite Harajuku icons?
Yoppy and others from the '90s.
Who are your favourite designers?
Jeremy Scott, KTZ, 99?..., Chrome Hearts, and recent favourite is Alexander Wang.
How would you describe your style?
What do you think you would be doing if you weren't modeling?
I can't imagine but I would be part of fashion industry.
Who are your best friends in the fashion industry and what are they like?
I hang out with people who are mostly in fashion PR - the behind the scenes people. They treat me like a normal friend not as a model or anything special...
Where is the best place to go to see interesting fashion in Tokyo?
What's the best thing about living in Tokyo?
We have everything!
What's the worst thing about living in Tokyo?
Too many people and not much nature…
Where is your favourite place to go in Tokyo that's off the beaten track?
My hometown. It's out of central Tokyo. I can relax and chill out but it's very easy to get to the centre.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
Are you in love?
Who would your dream date be?
Hide from X Japan
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Wanna have a family and still be doing a creative job.
Text Francesca Dunn
Photography Mari Sarai
Styling Eri Soyama
Makeup Misuzu Miyake
Photography Assistant Hiroaki Aoi