August 22 2014

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Meet The Muse: Rila Fukushima


Girl-about-town Natalie Joos spends her days casting for shows like ADAM and Yigal Azrouël and editorials for the likes of Mario Sorrenti and Mariano Vivanco, but her passion is vintage clothing. Joos’ blog, Tales of Endearment spotlights her “Muses,” impeccably styled girls and guys who share her secondhand obsession. In a new partnership with, Tales of Endearment’s subjects discuss their shoots right here on Style File.

“I have a weakness for buttons,” Japanese model Rila Fukushima, Joos’ muse of the week, tells “I’m always collecting ornate and nicely decorated ones.” Buttons aren’t her only weakness—Fukushima, who has appeared in everything from Dolce & Gabbana ad campaigns to Lenny Kravitz’s “We Are Running” music video, admits she also has a penchant for Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent. After a stint living in New York, she’s back at home with her family in Tokyo, where she’s still modeling, working on an acting career, and blogging. While she works toward achieving her ultimate goal—landing the cover of Japanese Vogue—she’s hoping to spending some time traveling. “I’d like to travel and see more corners of the world,” she says. “Traveling for modeling has been great, but I never really have much time to live the tourist life while in all the different cities.” Here, she tells how her modeling career began and what’s coming up next.

How did you make your modeling dreams a reality?
I actually wanted to become a model agent, and went into what ended up becoming my first agency for a job interview. They ended up suggesting I model instead. I guess I sort of fell into it.

What are you focused on these days?
I’m currently focusing on several different things—acting, I am still modeling, and I am also spending a lot of time blogging. There’s a few other projects I’m involved in, but I can’t really elaborate on them just yet.

How would you describe your personal style?
Casually comfortable, but still on the impressive side.

What inspires your style?
I like people-watching and getting inspiration from the unique people who don’t follow any fashion tides. From 12-year-olds who have full freedom, to 86-year-old ladies with a ton of class.

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?
This year my wish list contains only good health for my family and friends.

For more from Rila’s shoot, visit Tales of Endearment.

Photo: Natalie Joos

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