17-year-old Yumi Lambert stormed the SS13 catwalks with her emerald stare and elfin features, turning heads and causing a stir with everyone wondering who the new girl was.
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She’s half Japanese and half Belgian and looks like the lovechild of Devon Aoki and Karlie Kloss, if such a thing could happen. Yumi is one of those girls who knew what she wanted and went for it, walking straight into Dominique Model Agency all willowy limbs and sweet manga cartoon features and came out with a contract and a prosperous future in fashion. Last season we followed her from New York to Milan to Paris to watch her walk in Marc by Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani and Dior, and saw her become Karl Lagerfeld’s newest muse in the Chanel campaign, starring alongside Stella Tennant and Ondria Hardin. With a face as porcelain cute and striking as hers we’re sure she’s going to pop up all over the runways come February.
i-D online talked Yohji, manga and love with the Eurasian persuasian.
How were you discovered? I wasn’t really discovered by somebody… I just wanted to try to be a model and I went to Dominique Agency in Brussels.
What does your bedroom look like? I love green so my bedroom is green and grey with a lot of manga and souvenirs.
What’s the first thing you think when you look in the mirror? I’m a normal girl with luck.
Are you in love? Yes, I have a fabulous boyfriend.
From the shows you walked last season, can you pick a favourite? I was very happy to do the shows for Chanel, Dior and Prada but my favourite show was Yoji Yamamoto.
How do you fit schoolwork around your modelling? I’m study for school on the Internet.
What was the last song you listened to on your iPod? Raoul le pit bull by Odelaf & Monsieur D.
What do you do for fun? I see my friends and dance alone in my room sometimes.
Text: Felicity Kinsella
Images courtesy Yumi Lambert