Sofia Jin Tottman

“Both names mean ‘wis­dom’ from the Greek, which is some­thing that I love. But I felt ‘So­phie’ never par­tic­u­larly suited me. I went through life feel­ing a sense of dis­con­nect with the name that I was given. ‘Sofia’ is close enough to my birth name to avoid

Esquire (Singapore) - - This Way In -

Oh, the places you go, and Sofia Tottman (IG: @sofjin_) has been to many. Her house­hold is a cul­tural salad of English, Korean and Span­ish, which had her hopped around Europe and Asia most of her life. While oth­ers might find the shift­ing sands be­neath their feet dif­fi­cult to lay down roots, Tottman feels that “home is just part of who [she is], some­thing [she has] to carry within [her­self].” Still, no mat­ter where she goes, she is con­fronted with the usual stigma re­gard­ing her cur­rent sta­tus as a model. “The work and the life­style aren’t as glam­orous as they ap­pear,” she says. “I’m only a part-time model, so all I can tell you, based off my ex­pe­ri­ence, is that there’s al­ways a lot more work go­ing on be­hind a photo shoot than the fin­ished pic­ture presents.” Tottman also writes (as ev­i­dent in her emails and speech) and trains in Muay Thai (“I wanted a sport that would push me, hard”). She’ll con­tinue her wanderlust, both ge­o­graph­i­cally and per­son­ally; af­ter all, life is too short to stay in one place.

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