Born to an American father and a Zainichi-Korean mother, actress, model and Chanel favourite Kiko Mizuhara has emerged as one of Japan’s most visible style leaders, and in May 2016 graced the cover of the inaugural I-D Japan in which she was hailed "The Future of Japan." The entertainer is one of the five most followed people on social media in the country and has a huge following throughout Asia.
Mizuhara began modelling in 2003 after she won a competition run by Seventeen Japan. The prize was an exclusive contract with the magazine, which, thanks to Mizuhara’s popularity, ran for three years. Mizuhara then became an exclusive model for fashion magazine Vivi. Today, Mizuhara regularly appears in Elle Japan, Numero Tokyo, Nylon Japan, Vogue Girl Japan and Ginza Magazine.
Mizuhara is favourite of Karl Lagerfeld and featured in a short film shot by Chanel, following her preparation to attend its couture show in Paris. Her commercial clients include Uniqlo,
Navy, Jill Stuart, Haagen Dazs and Huawei. She starred in Diesel's
/Summer 2016 campaign alongside Joe Jonas and has collaborated multiple times with Opening Ceremony on exclusive apparel collections, which have been worn by both Beyonce and Rihanna.
In addition to her modelling work, Mizuahara has appeared in numerous films and television programmes. In 2010 Mizuhara co-starred in Tran Anh Hung's “Norwegian Wood” with Kenichi Matsuyama and Rinko Kikuchi . She played the supporting role in Mika Ninagawa's “Helter Skelter”, which is based on the award-winning comic of the same name by Kyoko Okazaki. Mika Ninagawa later shot Mizuhara for a photo book entitled “Girl,” published in 2012. She has also starred in two movies, “Trick the Movie: Last Stage” (2014) and “Attack on Titan”, released in 2015.