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1 Apr 2017

Exclusive Interview with popular Japanese model, Maihee!

♡ Exclusive Interview with Maihee 

Maihee is a popular up-and-coming freelance model who has previously appeared in LARME magazine several times. Her girly-but-dark style has built her an Instagram following of over 50,000 people, and despite her career only just beginning to blossom, she's already modelled for famous LARME brands such as E hyphen world gallery BonBon and Ank Rouge! 

Petite Dollies caught up with Maihee and asked her everything from how she started modelling, to fashion tips, to what she thinks about her overseas fans! We hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about Maihee! 

(Header image from Ank Rouge 2017 Spring Collection Catalogue.)

♡ Hello Maihee, thank you for your time today! So let's get started! How did you start modelling?
I started modelling when my grandparents mentioned how happy they'd be if my picture was in a magazine. After that, I sent in an application to a local magazine and continued on from there.

♡ まいへーさん、こんにちは!今日はお忙しいところ、お時間を割いていただきありがとうございます。早速ですが、モデルをはじめたきっかけは何ですか?

♡ Since you began modelling, is there anything in particular that you find challenging? What aspects of it do you find enjoyable?
I don't have a very pretty natural face so if I look upwards for a pose I can look slightly unattractive... Therefore, I find practicing and finding poses that make me look good can be quite difficult. I also am not good at posing when the photographer asks me to pose 'naturally.'
I just love cute clothes so I'm always looking forward to trying on lots of different new season clothing! It makes me so happy!♡

♡ モデルをやっていて、ここが難しいなぁと思うところありますか?それから、ここが楽しい!と思うところは何ですか?


♡ It must be so fun trying on all those lovely clothes! What exactly do you find interesting about LARME fashion?
I love the elements such as black, white, pink, lace and frills. I also like that LARME fashion is typically not associated with dressing up for the male gaze, I'm just wearing what I like to wear! 

♡ かわいいお洋服を着ることが楽しいですね! それで、ラルムファッションのどういうところが好きですか?

♡ We can definitely see a lot of those elements in your outfits on Instagram. When creating an outfit, is there something you absolutely cannot go without?
To make my style look better, I often choose to wear high waisted bottoms. For tops, I choose shorter cuts and balance the look with thick platform shoes. Balancing colours is also very important, so I don't use more than two colours in a coordinate. My favourite combinations are pink x black, white x black, beige x black, and beige x brown. For accessories, I match them all together by using gold.
♡ あぁ、インスタグラムの写真を見ると確かにレースやフリルなどがたくさん見えますね。コーデを組んでいるときにこれは絶対に欠かせない!!というものはありますか?
スタイルがよく見えるように、ハイウエストのボトムを選んでいます。トップスはショート丈のものを選び、靴は厚底などバランスよく見えるように心がけています。 あと、色合いはとても大事で二色以上は使わないようにしています。pink×black、white×black、white×pink、beige×black、beige×brown、、などなど、、アクセサリーはgoldで統一しています!


♡ Ah! This is how you create a cute coordinate each time! So where do you find inspiration for these outfits?
I get inspiration from bloggers overseas and Japanese vintage shops! I look at both of these and research different types of fashion through them. 

♡ なるほど!これで毎回かわいいコーデを組んでいますね!その他にどういうところからインスピレーションを受けていますか?

♡ Are there any trends you're looking forward to wearing in the upcoming season?
I'm very excited about the Swankiss swimwear for this summer!

♡ 今季のトレンドの中でお気に入りのものは何ですか?

♡ It's so cute, isn't it? Okay, so now we know a little about your fashion style, let's talk a bit about your makeup. What are your favourite make up items currently?
For my lips, I love Clinique's Chubby Stick™ Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry! 🍓 
My favourite eyeshadow is Rimmel's Chocolat Sweet Eyes in 015. 
For my makeup base I use DHC's Q10 Moisture Care Color Base EX in green. 
And lastly, for my face powder I love to use Laura Mercier's Translucent Pressed Setting Powder! 

♡ かわいいですよね!!では、まいへーさんのスタイルについてちょっとだけ聞かせていただいたので、次はメイクについて聞きたいと思います!最近、愛用している化粧品は何ですか?
メイクベースは→DHCQ10モイスチュアケアカラーベースEXグリーン フェイスパウダー→トランスルーセントローラメルシエプレストセッティングパウダーがお気に入りです。

♡ That's so useful, thank you for that! Now, you may or may not know, but you have quite a number of followers overseas. How does it feel to inspire Japanese-fashion lovers around the world?
I am very surprised to hear I have fans from overseas! I'm also very happy and would love for many people around the world to know about girly fashion. ^^

♡ とても勉強になります!お話は少し変わりますが、海外ではまいへーさんのファンがたくさんいます。世界の日本のファッション好きの人々に影響を与えていることにどう思っていますか?

♡ We'd love you to keep sharing it with us! If you had the opportunity to do so, where would you like to travel to and why? 
I would love to go to Europe. I want to take lots of cute pictures!

♡ これからもgirly fashionをどんどんシェアしてください!海外に行くとしたらどこの国に行きたいですか?なぜですか?


♡ And finally, do you have a message for all your fans from overseas?
Thank you for supporting me from overseas! I will keep posting many girly coordinates on Instagram so I would love for you to check it out!! ♡

♡ 最後に海外のファンへのメッセージはありますか?

Note: This interview was originally conducted over email in Japanese and as such, questions have been slightly edited for flow. 

Visit Maihee's social media down below!

And check out her lovely phone case designs! 
You can buy them on Maihee's curike store page.


We hope you enjoyed this exclusive interview with Maihee and if you have any requests for models you'd like us to interview, or any questions you'd like us to ask in the future, please don't hesitate to contact us!

♥ Blog Post Credits 
Alice: Contacted Maihee, conducted the interview, and provided Japanese ⇔ English translation and interpretation.
Eri: Created makeup and Instagram graphics.
Ruka: Provided photos and links.

, Petite Dollies


  1. "I also like that LARME fashion is typically not associated with dressing up for the male gaze, I'm just wearing what I like to wear!" I love this line! I've been following Maihee for a while; she's so adorable and sweet. Thank you for this interview!

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    1. Me too! The emphasis on dressing for yourself is one of my favorite things about girly fashion. ☺️
      Yes, she's so kind and down to earth! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. ❤️

    2. I do, too! Like gyaru has been, Larme-kei feels empowering and fun!

  2. I love Maihee. Thank you so much for interviewing her. I love how open she is sharing her favourites!!

    1. You're welcome! Alice, Eri, and I are huge fans of Maihee. We felt incredibly lucky to be able to catch up with her. 💕
      Yes! We can now all attempt to be her, haha. 😜 Thanks for reading!

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