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KARINA DEFAZIO

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Written by Life in Kansai

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Her down-to-earth personality and her sweet composure comes out through her work, but it’s not easy to always be on top of things in the modeling world. Let’s see what she had to say about the industry.

Give me a brief introduction of your life.
I was born in Nara to a Italian-Spanish father and Japanese mother. Being in the Japanese school system until middle school, my contact with countries outside of Japan was limited and I did not have a lot of foreign influences. That was until I attended high school in the US, and my perceptions of language and society changed. I came back to Japan with the intention of finishing university and I am now in my last year. While studying, I go back and forth between Kansai and Tokyo for modeling work.

You have been modeling for a long time! What keeps the passion there?
Yes! I have been modeling since I was 11 months old. It’s hard to deal with such acompetitive agency at times. I try not to dive too deep because it is easy to get sucked into the drama, but I get so excited when I see my work in print. It’s such a good feeling to look back at the memories of photoshoots and have something tangible to share with people as well.

Are there any differences from modeling here and abroad?
One thing that is different is the posing. One example I can give is when one photographer asked me to pose, “Shittori”. Though my first language is Japanese, I could not completely understand what he meant. I have come to know that it kind of means to be sexy, but not necessarily in a sexual way. There are many other categories for poses here and I find that they don’t box things as much in other countries.

Who encouraged you the most in your modeling career?
Two people come to mind: my boyfriend and my mother. The way they show their support is completely different, but having them both on my side raised my confidence. I could not do it without them. My boyfriend is my personal motivational speaker, and my mother is my rock.

What is a good mindset to have when you are working as a model?
I always remind myself that it is 60% effort and 40% luck. I’m now trying to do my part, studying and exploring different opportunities for modeling abroad. It’s important to know your options and to think out of the box to find them, because ultimately the effort you make will change your luck for the better.

 


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