Get to Know Kiko Mizuhara, Top Japanese Model-Actress

  • If you’ve recently seen the latest anime film adaptation, Shingeki no Kyojin (in English, Attack on Titan) then you would have seen this beauty, who goes by the name of Mizuhara Kiko (水原希子). Mizuhara Kiko is a model, actress, singer and designer who is mostly active in Japan. She is currently under Asia Cross Agency, which manages other famous Asian models like Eimi Kuroda and Hu Bing.

    Kiko was born as Audrie Noriko Daniel on October 15, 1990 in Dallas, Texas. Her father is American while her mother is a zainichi, a Korean born and raised in Japan. Kiko moved to Kobe, Japan when she was 2 years old. She has a younger sister named Ashley Yuka Daniel who is also in the modelling industry and goes by the name of Yuka Mizuhara.

    Yuka and Kiko at Disneyland

    When Kiko was 13 years old, her parents got divorced and her father went back to the United States. She is fluent in English and Japanese and speaks a little Korean. Kiko may seem like an ordinary girl from the facts you’ve read so far, but surely, you are about to know more about her impressive credentials.

    Modeling Debut

    It was in the year 2003 when Kiko became an exclusive model. She had participated in a contest hosted by Seventeen Magazine and won, thus selected as Miss Seventeen. She was an exclusive model for the magazine for the next three years. When she was 16, she moved alone to Tokyo to further pursue her modelling career and in July 2007 she became an exclusive model for Vivi.

    Kiko’s modelling career was sky rocketing at this point. For five years between the years 2008 and 2013 she became a regular at the Tokyo Girls Collection runway. Then in 2014, Kiko was invited to model for various designers such as Nasir Mazhar and Jeremy Scott. She has also appeared in various magazines in Asia and in Europe such as various Vogue magazines, Nylon, GQ, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and more. She has also filmed advertisements with known fashion icons internationally such as Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and more. She has also been appointed as a CHANEL ambassador.

    Lights, Camera, Act!

    Aside from modelling, Kiko has also divulged herself in some acting. She starred in Tran Anh Hung’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood in 2010 alongside Matsuyama Kenichi and Kikuchi Rinko (who is known for being in Pacific Rim). She has also appeared in a movie-adaptation of a manga called Helter Skelter (2012) where she co-starred with Sawajiri Erika and directed by Ninagawa Mika. She also appeared in I’m Flash (2012) and co-starred with Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya in Platinum Data. Aside from movies, she has also appeared in Japanese drama series Yae no Sakura and Shitsuren Chocolatier alongside Arashi’s Matsumoto Jun.

    She’s also a designer

    Can this girl be any more impressive? In the Spring of 2013, Kiko started to collaborate with Opening Ceremony where she was inspired by the fashion sense in 1920 Parisian style. In the same year, her F/W collection called “Bad Girl of the 90s” made headlines as it was worn by international celebrities Rihanna and Beyonce. Kiko also debuted a collection where she combined 90s street wear and the Harajuku style. For Opening Ceremony Japan, she collaborated with photographer Nobuyoshi Araki and Yoshikazu Yamagata for the brand’s first branch in Osaka Japan.

    Impressed? Everyone who knows who Mizuhara Kiko sure is! She’s made a name for herself in one of the most difficult industries and is still rising to the top. Mizuhara Kiko can be described as one of the most influential people in today’s fashion world. Despite all that, if you browse through her social media accounts, you can see she’s actually a quirky and fun person.

    Asia Cross Agency*Automatic translation

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