Trav­els in­spire singer’s bold looks

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel - By Jae-Ha Kim

Tif­fany Young is the new face and voice of H&M’s Di­vided Mu­sic cam­paign. Born and raised in Cal­i­for­nia, Young spent more than a decade in South Korea as a mem­ber of the band Girls’ Gen­er­a­tion, be­fore mov­ing back to Los An­ge­les to study act­ing.

“I just fin­ished shoot­ing this video for (my new solo sin­gle) ‘Teach You,’ ” says Young. “And I get to tell you first: My band­mates (Hy­oyeon Kim and Soo-young Choi) make cameos in it! When I was brain­storm­ing for this video, I thought it was so in­spir­ing right now to watch all these AsianAmer­i­can ac­tors mak­ing their mark in films. I thought, ‘You know what? Un­til I can act in a film or se­ries, I will act in my own mu­sic videos.’ And that’s how this video turned into a-movie-in­side-a-movie con­cept.” An edited ver­sion of our con­ver­sa­tion fol­lows.

“Kind­ness al­ways goes the ex­tra mile. You might be at an air­port or in a coun­try where you don’t speak the lan­guage or un­der­stand any­thing, but it re­ally is about be­ing pa­tient.”

Q: What was it like shoot­ing your H&M cam­paign in Scot­land?

A: It was won­der­ful. We shot in the High­lands in early June and it is such a beau­ti­ful part of the world. When I told my band­mates that my song was go­ing to be fea­tured and that I’m ba­si­cally the first AsianAmer­i­can to be part of an H&M Di­vided Mu­sic Cam­paign that will be fea­tured world­wide, they were so happy for me! The whole cam­paign is about let­ting go of what you’re used to and dis­cov­er­ing and jour­ney­ing through new roads. It was re­fresh­ing to go to the beau­ti­ful coun­try­side, es­pe­cially when you’re a city girl like me. I went camp­ing and got to be around live­stock. It was un­real and beau­ti­ful.

Q: What is your fa­vorite va­ca­tion mem­ory?

A: It was more of a work va­ca­tion — a worka­tion. It was our video shoot for “Party” and we went to Thai­land and it was one of the best, fun, tir­ing and mos­quito bite-filled shoots ever. There’s a shot of us where we’re all in the ocean look­ing at the sun­set and they were only shoot­ing our backs. I said, “This is some­thing to re­mem­ber. We’ll never be 26 or 27 again all to­gether like this in this beau­ti­ful place.”

Q: What’s the most im­por­tant thing you’ve learned from your trav­els?

A: Kind­ness al­ways goes the ex­tra mile. You might be at an air­port or in a coun­try where you don’t speak the lan­guage or un­der­stand any­thing, but it re­ally is about be­ing pa­tient. Trav­el­ing can be re­ally nerve-wreck­ing. Even on my re­cent trip to Scot­land, there was a lot of driv­ing in­volved. You can be ir­ri­tated by it or just re­lax and look at the green pas­tures and that’s part of the ex­cite­ment. I’ve had days where I wanted to be an­gry and snap, but be­ing nice and pa­tient will get you through those travel days.

Q: How have your trav­els af­fected your fash­ion sense?

A: It has broad­ened my out­look on what you can do with per­sonal style. I’m su­per blessed that I got to travel all over the world with Girls’ Gen­er­a­tion and got to see things with a dif­fer­ent eye. I went to ev­ery­thing from Seoul Fash­ion Week to Paris Fash­ion Week and saw what de­sign­ers were show­ing. But I also saw what our fans were wear­ing. All of that made me more fash­ion savvy and want to go with the flow.

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