Meet the Model Redefining ‘All– American’

Meet the Model Redefining ‘All– American’

Client –

Photography – Stas May

Stylist – Cece Liu

Hair – Shin Arima

Makeup – Campbell Ritchie

Model – Mona Matsuoka 




Mona Matsuoka, like many in America, was born into a blended family. The 21-year-old half-Japanese, half-American lived in Arizona until she was 10 then had a fateful introduction to a talent agency when her family moved to Japan. Since her debut at 15, Matsuoka has walked for the legendary design juggernauts whether it was Phoebe Philo’s Celine, Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel, or Carol Lim & Humberto Leon’s Kenzo. Although she is still comparably young, Matsuoka has seen the changes the industry has undergone, for good or for bad. “I think the modeling industry has changed as it’s easier to become a model now with social media,” she explains. “I think it’s getting more diverse. It’s an amazing change of influence, but America is not near to being fully inclusive.” It’s no wonder why by Matsuoka’s line of reasoning, we should dismantle the term altogether. “’All American’ should be a state of mind, not how one looks.” We, wholeheartedly, agree.

Read More



We hear you like what you´re reading - sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on the newest articles.

In order to optimize our website for you and to be able to continuously improve it, we use cookies. By continuing to use the website, you agree to the use of cookies. Further information on cookies can be found in our privacy policy.