記得Hf早前介紹過的十位大碼模特兒嗎？ 筆者被最後一位模特兒Naomi Shimada 臉上的笑容深深吸引，於是找來這位自信、美麗，現定居於紐約的日英混血兒，親身與Hf 讀者分享她成為模特兒之路、時尚愛好，以及她對「美麗」的看法。
N: Naomi Shimada | Hf: HOKK fabrica
Beauty is looking comfortable in your own skin and working with what we’ve been given in this world!
joyful x loving + always hungry – cheeky = Me
( 快樂 x 充滿愛 + 經常肚子餓 – 厚臉皮 = 我)
Hf：Fill us in with your background.
N: I was born in Tokyo to a Japanese father and an English/Dutch mother! I lived there till I was a teenager then moved to Spain where I lived till I finished school! I lived in London after that and have been in NYC for 2 years now!
I was always on the bigger end of the scale and couldn’t lose the weight in any healthy way as my body was exactly how it was supposed to be.
Hf：How did you become a model?
N：I started modelling as a kid in Japan, but really got ‘discovered’ as a teenager in Spain eating a bowl of spaghetti! Nothing’s changed after all these years!
Hf：What were some of the challenges you faced in the modelling industry?
N：I was only the right ‘model size’ when I was an actual skinny teenager. I was always on the bigger end of the scale and couldn’t lose the weight in any healthy way as my body was exactly how it was supposed to be. I got sent home from jobs and bullied by my agents. Made me a nervous wreck and one day I just woke up and realized I didn’t have to live like that anymore. So I took a break and when I came back and made the necessary changes, I crossed over to the plus size world.
中：當我仍然是一名瘦削的青少年，那時的我才稱得上是所謂的「正確碼數」。 我骨架一向都是比較大，我試過用很多健康的方法減肥但不成功，因為我的身體本就是如此。我喪失工作機會，被經理人欺凌， 令我精神崩潰。直至有一天醒來，我發現其實我可以不再這樣生活！我讓自己放假，當我再次回來的時候，我作出了一些調整然後便進入了大碼的世界。
Hf：When you’re not modeling, what would you be doing?
N：Working on my travel TV show which is my other project right now! Curating my girl power magazine with my friends! I’d also like to work on a great quality fashion line that could be made in a wide range of sizes. WATCH THIS SPACE!
On Beauty & Body Image
It’s not always easy to accept yourself for exactly who or how you are and even the most ‘confident’ girls have good days and bad but you have to be kind to yourself.
Hf：What is your definition of beauty?
N：Beauty is looking comfortable in your own skin and working with what we’ve been given in this world! Why do we all want to look the same? I definitely don’t want to look like everyone else! It’s hard to not feel like you need to conform in this world but if you believe it everyone else will too.
Hf：What you think of the term ‘plus size’? Is it a word fair enough to represent who it’s representing?
N：Plus size in modelling is an industry term. In modeling, plus size is anything that isn’t a skinny skinny model so I understand that it causes some confusion and frustration. We are just plus compared to the other girls.
Hf：Was size an issue to you whilst you grew up? How did you dealt with fattists?
N：Growing up in Asia I’ve always known that a fattist culture existed. I was taller and bigger than all the other kids in my class! Even the boys ha! Sometimes even family members would say the most hurtful things about my appearance not knowing how painful it sounded to me. But my parents were so cool and loving they made me comfortable in my skin from an early age just by showing me that there were so many different kinds of ways to be beautiful.
Hf：What advice would you give women who are still coming to terms with their own body image?
N：It’s not always easy to accept yourself for exactly who or how you are and even the most ‘confident’ girls have good days and bad but you have to be kind to yourself. The human body is such a magical powerful tool and we have to treat it and our minds right. If we don’t love and accept ourselves, we can’t expect anyone else too. I’m not saying it happens over night, all we can do is do our best and take baby steps into a better future of self-acceptance and love.
Everyday Style：I am a loyal Issey Miyake Pleats Please obsessive. I start with something from them as a base, skirt, dress, trousers and add from there! They go up to a good size and everything is elasticated! I hate being uncomfortable!
Fashion must：Bright colours and a big smile!!!
Fashion no-no：Big waist belts on dresses, for me it’s a real pet HATE! Just let the waist be!
Wardrobe: My metallic velvet puffer jacket from TOPSHOP Unique to stay warm in these cold climates here in NY!
Food: Been throwing soup parties at my house once a week!
Desserts: Flourless almond cake with cherries!
Colours: Orange, blue and pink (I wear as much colours as possible year round!)
Patterns: cow print and camouflage anything!
Books: Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki, Role Models, John Water
Activities: Ballet and arts & crafts!