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Meet the Model: Chiharu Okunugi

posted on Tuesday, 18th July 2017 | find under Behind the Scenes
With the new Sweaty Betty collection inspired by Japanese design and Scandi style, we were determined to find the right model to showcase the minimal new pieces. Step in Chiharu Okunugi, born in Tokyo, this former face of Chanel is known for her love of rock climbing and bouldering, making her the ideal combination of fashion and fitness. 'Chiharu was so professional' reflects Tamara 'she transformed entirely in front of the camera and was really natural'. We caught up with the model on set in Palm Springs to talk rock climbing, modelling and beer. 

meet the model chiharu
Chiharu wears the Blossom Knit

Where do you live in the world?

Tokyo, Japan


How did you get into modelling?

I was scouted on the way to school at the train station in Tokyo.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Modelling in the AW14 Chanel campaign.

Favourite moment on the shoot?

Jumping in the pool on day two, it was 35 degrees outside so it felt amazing. 

Favourite place in LA?

This is my first time here, but I love the weather.

Standout piece from the shoot?

I had two, I loved the oxblood Assemble Knit which I want for long plane journeys, though the Yoga All-In-One was amazing too.

Where would you go on your ideal holiday?

New Caledonia.

Best meal you’ve ever had?

Oh, I can’t think but I am missing the sushi from home!

Favourite place in the world?


How would you describe your style?

Simple with lots of layering, I am a skirt or dress girl rather than trousers. 

Essentials you always take on the plane?

Book, moisturiser and a heated eye mask.

What workouts do you do?

I absolutely love to go rock climbing and bouldering, I do it wherever I can.

Guilty pleasure?

Beer and chocolate!

What would you be doing if you weren’t modelling?

I'd be a make-up artist.

Where are you next flying off to in the world?

I am flying home to Tokyo and then I don’t know yet!
Shop our zen new arrivals today. Follow @chiharuokunugi on Instagram.

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