Soo Joo Park wants more diversity in fashion
Soo Joo Park hopes one day all ethnicities will be celebrated in fashion.
The industry has been called upon to mix up its models in recent years, with designers such as Zac Posen making an avid effort to include women from different backgrounds on the catwalk. Although Soo Joo notes more needs to be done, she’s feeling hopeful about what the future holds.
“I still think there needs to be more representation of diversity in the industry,” she told Teen Vogue. “Lately, we saw an influx of dark-skinned models with beautiful, gorgeous afros, and in a way I felt so proud of it for them. I was born in Seoul but raised in California, where it’s a melting pot of different ethnicities and cultures. Every heritage is different and beautiful in its own way, and I want it to be celebrated more on the runways and campaigns.”
Soo Joo herself has broken boundaries in the business, becoming the first Asian-American spokesperson for L'Oreal Paris in early 2015 and opening a Chanel show in her home country of South Korea.
Her current big job is starring in Michael Kors’ new campaign The Walk, which promotes the designer’s handbags, and was shot by photographer Tommy Ton in New York City.
“Fall always reminds me of feeling more cosy and having more layers and items, so I love a larger crossbody bag,” she said of her favourite tote for the next season. “I love the grommetted cross body bag from Michael Kors because it has an easy rock-n-roll vibe to it.”
With New York Fashion Week around the corner Soo Joo is getting ready to take to the runway, going to the gym and sweating it out in the sauna. Her prep goes beyond the physical though, as she adds: “Maybe this isn’t a ritual, but I like to go through my closet and do a big cleanup before Fashion Week, it gives me a better sense of what to pack for upcoming trips through the cities and what might be cute for street style photos.”