Rebecca U (AUS), designer/fashion editor/creative director, Tokyo

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‘I work fulltime as a graphic designer and illustrator, but at the same time I do freelance styling, art direction and production for overseas clients. Sometimes people will come to Japan to do a shoot but have no idea where to start. So I help them in their search for the right hair stylist, make-up artist, stylist, etc. I coordinate everything so things run according to plan, so the client doesn’t feel any difference with a shoot in his or her own country.’

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‘I’m also an online fashion editor for the English magazine Mother. That job consists of all sorts of things: coverage of the Tokyo fashion week, commissioning editorials, reporting about runway shows, portraits of interesting individuals… My background is design but I feel a bit restricted doing only that. I always want to expand my work field but I’m not interested in interning for someone so I just set up my own projects in order to build my personal portfolio. New challenges come regularly. Because, when they asked me at the end of high school what I wanted to do, I had no idea. I wanted to become an actress, but my social anxiety made me extremely shy so that didn’t work out. It did go away, I overcame the anxiety. Most people who know me now see me as an outgoing, social being, but there are still those occasions that I’d rather be home by myself…’

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‘My work is very colorful, although you might perceive me as a dark individual. I like contrasting things, especially when their contrast complements each other. Same goes for my tattoos: I wouldn’t even describe myself as someone who’s into tattoos, I just have a lot of friends who are tattoo artists. The story behind my tattoos is usually more theirs than it is mine. I don’t have a lot of tattoos either, and they don’t all match perfectly, but that’s what I love most about them: they’re atypical.’

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