California Girl

Jumpsuit: Michael Kors

Soo Joo Park is the California blonde of the moment, lending a new twist to the All American term. Born in Korea and raised in California, Soo Joo attended college in Berkeley and began modeling post graduation. Her style and demeanor are intelligent and laid back, and with Chanel and Tom Ford campaigns under her belt- there is no doubt Soo Joo has that special something which commands industry attention.

Photography by Hao Zeng
Styling by Laura Jones
Hair by Andrew Fitzsimons
Makeup by Sir John for Tom Ford Cosmetics

Interview by Kristen Bolt

What do you like to do when you are not working?
I do something I like to call ‘hardcore lounging’—which is quite self-explanatory—I play music, read books, or watch films, while trying not to get out of bed. It’s something I do to leverage out the days I spend on the road working. I also love cooking and hosting small dinner parties for friends; I’m a good cook, although I’m terrible at cleaning up.

What advice would you pass along to those starting out in the business?
Have patience and stay strong. Live for the moment, but know how to step back and see the full picture. Always pack your vitamins and passport!

Top: Azzedine Alaia | Pant: Balmain | Shoes: Prada | Earrings: Lynn Ban

You have become successful for many reasons- what do you think the top few are?
My passion for fashion! And positive attitude. When I began shooting with Carine, she told me that I possessed presence whilst shooting, which was the highest compliment coming from someone I highly respect.

What is the ultimate goal of your career?
I want to make a name for myself and build an image that reflects strength and singularity.

What has been your favorite modeling experience thus far?
Walking in Chanel Couture as an exclusive earlier this year—it was the booking that launched my career to the next level. I will never forget it.

If you were stranded on a desert Island what would you bring?
LPs, record player, paint, ink, coffee, and whiskey. I’d be a great castaway character.

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