Soo Joo Park

Our chat with the model, DJ and Chanel global am­bas­sador will make you want to call your mom.

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SEC­ONDS INTO OUR convo with Soo Joo Park— just af­ter Chanel’s seasidein­spired spring/sum­mer 2019 show, for which the model sat front row—we find our­selves swim­ming in a crowd of her fans. Ever the chill Cal­i­for­nia girl (de­spite hav­ing mod­elled for ev­ery ma­jor fash­ion house in the biz), Park gra­ciously stops to say hi to ev­ery­one. Here’s what she said in be­tween all the ex­cite­ment.

THE CHANEL WOMAN IS... “She is a woman who likes to take risks and chances. I think she’s quite ad­ven­tur­ous, and she likes to push the bound­aries a lit­tle bit. That’s the spirit of who Gabrielle [Coco’s given name] was, and that still flows through [the brand] to­day.”

ON DI­VER­SITY IN FASH­ION “There’s still a long way to go, but it’s get­ting bet­ter. On the run­way, there are so many dif­fer­ent women of colour, like the beau­ti­ful Adut Akech. She closed the show, and it was such a beau­ti­ful look. I think there’s been some im­prove­ment, and it’s very vis­i­ble.”

PARIS CHECKLIST “I love the spa at the Royal Mon­ceau, and I al­ways try to go to Korean restau­rants with my Korean friends. My faves are Bistrot Mee and Guib­ine.”

LIFE’S A BEACH “My dream hol­i­day is in two parts: one week with my fam­ily and a cou­ple of close friends by the beach in a big house, then an­other week ei­ther alone or with my fi­ancé so I can have some quiet time. I’m from Cal­i­for­nia and love the sea and the sun, so ev­ery year I try to find a new sunny des­ti­na­tion.”

MOM KNOWS BEST “When I’m feel­ing ex­hausted or un­der the weather, call­ing my mom gives me a shot of en­ergy. Hear­ing her voice is ther­a­peu­tic. She al­ways tells me that health is above all, and the more I work in this in­dus­try, the truer it sounds.” ®

From top: Soo Joo Park at the Chanel spring/sum­mer 2019 show; Bistrot Mee in Paris; ac­etate and metal sun­glasses, Chanel ($735); model Adut Akech; Chanel’s sea­side-in­spired run­way. For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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