Featured Model: Kiina Matsunaga



"When I grow up my dream is to be an international model that also sings and dances on Broadway who also owns a pet shop with lots of furry animals."

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Kiina is our very own little princess! She has such an adorable personality and has already accomplished a lot as a model at such a young age. We think she will go so far, and we hope you do too. Please have a read of her interview and be inspired!



Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?

I have been working as a professional child model since I was 6 months old. I work internationally but mainly in Japan and Asia. I love fashion, I love modeling, that's why I do it. When I grow up my dream is to be an international model that also sings and dances on Broadway who also owns a pet shop with lots of furry animals.

How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?

Though I've never attended modeling courses, I study classic ballet to help me learn posture and grow up having beautiful body proportions (and I love wearing a tutu).


What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?

I think as long as the person loves modeling and fashion and aren't shy in front of the camera, anybody can be a model. To be a model, I think you need to be able to transform yourself, have multiple faces to suit the fashion and pictures demanded of you.

What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?

I want to be internationally renowned and work with fashion designers and photographers from all around the world.

What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?

I have noticed that the demands and styles are very different from country to country. North American photographers will often ask of me a more cool style while the Japanese photographers and clients want cute and happy.

How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?

I'm never shy in front of the camera but sometimes shy when I first meet people. I'm friendly, happy and active. I think I'm very patient (except when I'm hungry). As a child model I have never been asked to do pictures that made me feel uncomfortable so I have never refused client requirements.


Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?

Ainsley living in Japan, meals are naturally healthy. Lots of fish and vegetables in the diet. Even school meals are supervised by nutritionists for the best and proper meals according to age. I do have junky snacks once in a while though. I excercise a lot. I learn ballet once a week, I go to soccer club 2 hours a week and am in the school basketball team.

What is your dream role as a model?

To be on the cover of every famous magazines all over the world.

Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?

I'm only 8 so my mom and agents do that for me. I don't really know. I think I would say no to pictures with scary makeup like zombie makeup because that would make me scared and give me nightmares.

State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part time? Any hours?

I am available for traveling but not permanently moving to a foreign country. I have done a lot of different photoshoots and fashion shows but I think one that I remember most was how fun my audition at the Universal Studios Japan.


Booking information:

Instagram: @kiina_modeling

Email: flowersinautumn@hotmail.com

Photo credits: Photographers Tsuji, Julia and Natsuki Takemura.

Hair and makeup by Komai and Akiko Nakano.



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