Excerpts from Yuka Mizuhara’s interrview for DEW Magazine
*Kiko was mentioned a lot in this article, especially that she plays a big role in Yuka’s life*
If you’re a huge fan of Tran Anh Hung’s film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, you must be familiar with Kiko Mizuhara, an American/Korean descent actress who personated Midori perfectly in that movie. 5 years later after her acting debut, we welcome a fresh and friendly face: Kiko’s younger sister, Ashley Yuka or better known as Yuka Mizuhara who also happens to thrive the modelling industry. The bubbly model is just another version of Kiko, bringing life and joy into our cover. We talked a little bit about herself, from her experience in modelling to her karaoke song selection.
Ashley Yuka Daniel was born 4 years lafter Kiko, and she grew up in Kobe, Japan. Yuka’s father is American and her mother is a Japanese-born woman of Korean ancestry. In Japan, this genetic mix is termed Zainichi. When she was 7, her parents got divorced and her father moved back to the US, but Kiko and Yuka remained with her mother in Kobe. Both grew up together as super close sisters who can share stories on love or work or just about anything. If Yuka brought home a new boyfriend, Kiko would switch into her protective big sister mode and lecture the guy, not wanting her sister to get hurt. Their relationship exists to mutually protect one another.
Yuka greatly admired her sister’s personality and hard work. When she was just a kid, she used to accompany her sister to magazine shoots, and subconsciously got inspired and now she has followed her sister’s footsteps.
If Kiko is sexy and vivacious, Yuka is more cutesy and bubbly. You can just feel her kawaii saccharine loveliness when you visit her Instagram account; she would always post something unique, sweet, and funny. But the Mizuhara sisterly connection can be felt from the way both girls dress: both evoke contrasting yet exceptional personal styles in their day-to-day clothes or when they attend commercial events.
Your short life story?
Yuka: My life was always surrounded by my family.Especially with my sister. I used to go to the sets where my sister shot her fashion photos when l was a little girl. She looked so cool when she was modelling, and even more when she was acting in movies. Those had inspired me very much. That was when I knew I had to make my start. Drawing from her experiences, my sister gave me a lot of good advices. And for that, I thank her and respect her very much. I had a challenging time figuring everything out during my first job assignments, but right now, I’m enjoying it very much.
What’s the biggest influence in your career?
Yuka: My sister Kiko.
How do you see Kiko in person?
Yuka: Kind, and considerate
What are your favorite things to do together with her?
Yuka: Definitely, karaoke!
How do you see her role in your life and career?
Yuka: With her vast experiences, she plays such an important role in my life as a sister and as a role model.
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