Japanese model – ROLA – is one of those tastemakers we can’t exactly wrap our heads around. Multi-tasking would be an understatement in describing this fashion model, who also has a line of cookbooks out in Japan, acts (she’ll be in the Resident Evil movie coming out in January), and has a rabid Instagram following of a cool 3 million followers (no biggie, right?). We obviously wanted to plug ROLA on all things diet, beauty and wellness, and also found out that ghee is – in fact – The New Potato…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
My ideal food day would be some warm water when I wake up and an apple. For lunch, I would have a yummy chicken salad. For dinner, I would have some sushi: uni, salmon, tuna, and buri, and some vegetables!
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I drink a lot of water and put chia seeds in it. I try to eat organically as much as possible. As much as my schedule allows, I like to prepare my own meals and use high-quality oils and ingredients. For exercise, I go to the gym twice a week. I focus on exercises that tighten my rear and abdomen, and sometimes I do hot yoga!
What are your nightly and morning beauty routines?
In the morning, I start by properly washing my face, followed by using a toning lotion, serum, then moisture emulsion, and finally some cream. Then I massage my face to increase circulation. At night, I use eye makeup remover, then I use an oil-based makeup remover to get rid of everything else. After that, I follow my morning routine by using the same cream for day and night.
How important are fashion and style to you? Where do you draw inspiration from?
Fashion is very important to me, as it makes life more fun! I really enjoy expressing myself through my clothing and style. As for inspiration, there isn’t one person in particular. My sense of style is a culmination of how I see the world around me and is influenced by all the style icons throughout the years.
Who are some of your favorite designers? What are 5 fashion items you are coveting right now?
It’s hard to mention just a few but I love Alessandro Michele, Massimo Giorgetti, and Demna Gvasalia.
How do you always start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?
As soon as I wake up, I brush my teeth while doing squats. Then, I drink a lot of warm water. Next, I wash my face. Then it’s time for breakfast! My go-to breakfast is definitely fruit. Sometimes, I make a traditional Japanese breakfast, but most often, it’s fruit.
What are some beauty products you can’t live without?
My facial serum. It’s amazing. And in order to keep my hands from getting dried out, I always carry hand cream.
You have your own cookbook in Japan…what are some of your favorite foods to cook?
I love to cook traditional Japanese meals. We call it “washoku” in Japanese.
What are some of your favorite Japanese restaurants in NY?
Well, I usually don’t eat Japanese food when I’m NY. I try to explore things typical to NY that we don’t have in Japan, so perhaps I’m not the best person to ask!
What foods and drinks make your skin feel its best? worst?
Best: I drink a lot of water; I try to drink at least 2 liters a day. And, fresh vegetables, and fish!
Worst: Foods prepared with low-quality oils.
What is the best advice you have ever received? What is the worst?
Best: “Live life with no regrets!”
Worst: “Don’t worry about it, just eat whatever you want.”
What is always in your fridge? Pantry?
Fridge: Bonito-flavored soy sauce
Pantry: Coconut oil, sesame oil, and white truffle oil
What would your last meal be? and who would it be with?
Definitely sushi, with my best friend!
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
L.A. is a great food city. There are so many great places there to try!
Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
I recently traveled to Tulum, which is located in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and I have to say, that it’s the most interesting place I’ve been. Bose noise-canceling headphones are a must! And of course, my hand cream!
In the same vein as new black in fashion, what is the new potato right now?
Ghee! Ghee is the new potato. We used it a lot in Bangladesh, where I spent several years of my childhood, and recently, I’ve been practicing some aspects of the ayurvedic lifestyle, which also advocates the use of ghee.
*ROLA, photographed at Jams in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann