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I met Kota a few years ago on a weird shoot at an art gallery in Chinatown. I knew then she was a unique bird, one of those people you’re pretty sure is made up of unearthly stardust and magical bits.

She had just gotten back from Tokyo the week before we shot this, and her personal vibe had gone from wild woman to minimalist in the meantime. We kept the shoot simple to match that new tone.

I love all the delicate jewelry she was wearing, a mix of shapes and pieces that perfectly matched the minimal makeup, which still made a statement even in its simplicity.

Kota’s skin was prepped with Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Mositurizer, and the tone evened out using Diorskin Star Foundation.

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