Hikari Mori, Japanese model and It Girl du jour, jumps from appearing as a guest judge on Netflix’s ‘The Final Table’ to starring on Harper’s BAZAAR Malaysia’s cover this month. Here, she shines light on growing up as fashion royalty, keeping her zen, and finding happiness in the Insta-generation. By Amy Yasmine. Photographed by Yuji Watanabe.
Such is the 26-year-old’s infectious charm; her sunny disposition was also a welcome contrast to the sobering downpour that unexpectedly enshrouded Tokyo. Fun fact: there was a strange bout of an Indian summer the week before our shoot, with the Japanese capital reaching highs of 28°C despite it being early in December. So when the temperatures dropped, who better than Hikari to liven up the room?
Dressed in an effortless mix of A Bathing Ape fur bomber jacket, slogan Missoni tee, and billowing palazzo trousers, the statuesque beauty was reminiscent of a young Tina Chow, the ’80s pixie-haired socialite whose irreverent spirit made her a muse to designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani. Hikari was all smiles as she entered our Japanese tea house studio, in the heart of Tokyo’s Minato district. “Konnichiwa!” she chirped, bowing respectfully to the crew. I followed suit, because not only was it customary, but I was also bowing to fashion royalty.
In case her last name isn’t enough of a hint, Hikari is the granddaughter of famed Japanese couturier Hanae Mori, the first Asian woman to be inducted into the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Known for her signature butterfly prints, Hanae dressed influential women such as Nancy Reagan, Imelda Marcos, and Princess Grace of Monaco, and was awarded the Order of Légion d’Honneur by former French president François Mitterand in 1989.
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