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Laura Akemi - The Authentic Face of Fashion


Photos: Irena Eastington - @happy_in_style

Make Up Artist: Anisha Williams - @aclvisualsmua

Production: Isa - @isa_creative

Hooks Team / Fashion Director: Matheus Hooks - @directorhooks

Marketing and Design Director: Matheus Lopes - @mathlopes

At the intersection of dazzling beauty and unwavering authenticity, we find Laura Akemi, the star gracing the cover of our "Model" themed edition this month. With an international career that has taken her through numerous diverse cultures, Laura is not just an experienced model but a true advocate for change in the fashion industry.

Through the lens of fashion, Laura Akemi emerges as an inspiring voice, not only due to her striking presence but also for how she confronts the intricacies of the industry and the pressures of social media. Her journey is a narrative of resilience, authenticity, and an unwavering commitment to representation and sustainability.

In this special edition, we delve into Laura's reflections, exploring how she finds balance in a constantly changing world, maintains her authenticity amidst shifts, and positively contributes to a more inclusive and conscious future in fashion. In her own words, Laura shares her strategies for tackling the challenges of the industry, staying true to herself, and fostering genuine transformation.

Check out the exclusive interview:

1. How do you handle the tumult of the fashion industry and social media? What strategies do you use to balance your career and personal life?

To deal with this whirlwind, I maintain healthy habits such as reading, exercising, and practicing yoga. I also know when to disconnect from social media. Typically, I put my phone on "do not disturb" mode to make the most of my quality time.

2. As a model, how do you maintain your authenticity amidst constant changes?

I preserve my authenticity by acting, speaking, and expressing myself in accordance with my values and beliefs. My passion for becoming the best version of myself helps me stay connected with my essence, despite the changes.

3. How do you balance the pursuit of glamour with the importance of staying grounded in the fashion industry?

Knowing my roots, values, and objectives keeps me grounded. Understanding where I come from and where I'm headed helps balance the quest for a glamorous life with reality.

4. How do you view the role of models in promoting diversity in the fashion industry?

Currently, people want to see more diversity in fashion, whether in terms of body type, skin color, or sexual orientation. Models can champion this representation by being authentic and showcasing their true selves.

5. How do you deal with the pressures of social media and maintain authentic communication with your followers?

I handle the pressures by being genuine and expressing my opinions and feelings, even if it might not sit well with some. This authentic communication is essential to maintain genuine connections with my followers.

6. What have been your greatest challenges as a model and influencer? How have these experiences contributed to your growth?

I've faced challenges like adapting to new cultures, being away from home, and overcoming moments of not being selected. These experiences have taught me that progress occurs outside of one's comfort zone and emphasized the importance of emotional well-being to move forward.

7. How do you positively contribute to the future of fashion amidst changes and new trends?

Instead of blindly following trends, I practice mindful consumption. When refreshing my wardrobe, I donate to ensure that only what I truly need is acquired, contributing to a more sustainable future in fashion.

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