SOO JOO (수주)
Nationality: South Korean
Birth: March 26, 1986
Measurements: Waist 23.5" Bust 32" Hips 34"
Shoe size: 7 US
Agencies: ESteem Models, Wilhelmina, Monster Management, Union London
"A few seasons ago, a peroxide Korean model came on to the scene and we where all slightly obsessed with her," LURVE Magazine's Lyna V. Ahanda told us. "Soo Joo Park walked the CHANEL couture show, graced the cover of Wonderland and LURVE magazine, is said to be Carine Roitfield little 'protégée' and Tom Ford loves her. After following her career closely, we finally met a couple months after that in Paris at the Carine Roitfield ball and she looked stunning in a vintage Alaïa dress and Pristine jewelry earrings to finish the look. With a name that means 'precious gem' in Chinese, it's no wonder that Park is far from the average model girl. She is funny, brilliant and has a unique fashion sense. Oh, and she was scouted at 21 in a thrift store!"
Park put herself on the fashion GPS radar with her runway and campaign work (read: CHANEL and Tom Ford) and her streetstyle sensability that had us all woah-who-is-that-rad-chick. It hard to miss that bleached out, dark rooted hair and those barely-there-bleached brows, though. Park (or @soojmooj, as we like to kindly call her) is that girl that everyone wants to dress like, but no one can quite pull it off like she can. (Sorry, guys; but it's kinda the whole truth and nothing but the truth.)
Interview with Into the Gloss:
"I was born in Korea, but my family moved to Anaheim, California—where Disneyland is—when I was ten. Then, I went to college at Berkeley up in the Bay Area and moved to San Francisco after I graduated, which is where I got scouted. I was in a vintage store. I figured I’d give modeling a try, and I moved to New York full-time about a year-and-a-half ago. I still had my black hair. It was fine, and then Roman [Young], the director at my agency, Wilhelmina, suggested that we maybe try something different, like bleach my hair. It was funny, the way they brought it up. They were trying to be really careful about approaching it because they probably thought I would turn it down, but I was like, ‘Yeah! I wanna try.’ I’ve actually always wanted to bleach my hair but I thought they wouldn’t let me. Anyway, so I bleached my hair and things started picking up, and here I am.
Since I met Carine Roitfeld last December and shot for CR Fashion Book, I’ve worked with her a few times. She’s been amazing and so supportive; I’ve always admired her work and her style. Actually, a lot of my bookings lately have just been things for her because all it takes is one really powerful person to support you and recommend you to other people, and then everything kind of follows after that. Carine was my connector to Chanel, Max Mara, and Tom Ford. Tom Ford went really well—I met him and he asked me where I was from and I said ‘Korea’ and he was like, ‘Oh, your English is so good,’ and I told him that I grew up in California and he was like, ‘Oh, that’s why!’ He loves that I grew up in suburban California—we talked all about Disneyland. [Laughs]
I am really a breed of multiple cultures: I’m not really Korean because I’ve been in America since I was ten, but my parents arereally Korean. They live in America, but they’re not one hundred percent Americanized. So, I understand both cultures and I take what I like from each, and I am my own person.”
-Soo Joo Park