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Office Beauty Committee

Sarah Abney has worked with everyone from Miu Miu to Marc Jacobs; Kanako has beat the faces of every model in the game on the covers of magazines like i-D and Vogue Italia, and on the runway for brands like Eckhaus Latta and YSL; Mark Jen Hsu has styled campaigns for Kenzo, and worked with almost every major mag; Tina Outen is a fashion industry OG who, just this Fashion Month, styled hair at Unravel, Koché, Philipp Plein, Luar, Markus Lupfer, Natasha Zinko, Bora Aksu, Charlotte Knowles and more; and of course, Kyra Cheria is a model/dancer/actress and all around cool girl, who you've likely seen on the runway for brands like Gypsy Sport and Hardeman, or posing on Instagram as her alter ego, @tacobell_DSL.

 

Get to know them better below, and be sure to follow all of their committee antics at @officebeautynyc.

 

SARAH ABNEY, 27, NEW YORK CITY

 

How do you describe what you do?

 

I travel around the world and play dress up. 

 

Where were you born?

 

San Francisco, California

 

What’s your favorite childhood memory?

 

When I was 7, I was holding onto my favorite balloon. San Francisco weather can be windy and overcast in certain neighborhoods, so the wind got ahold of my balloon and I just watched it fly away in complete fear that the same thing would happen to me. I thought the wind was going to take me by my ponytail. So, I gripped my ponytail as hard as possible all the way from the car ride just until I stepped foot in my home.  

 

What’s the most embarrassing beauty look or trend you fully adopted?

 

Coconut pulling is my ritual. I do it every morning.

 

What’s invisible but you wish everyone could see?

 

Ghosts.

 

Your journey from the womb to the present moment in one sentence:

 

Ups and downs, joys and sorrows, healing and growing.

 

What’s your personal beauty philosophy and/or mantra?

 

Embrace your evolution

 

Who’s your ultimate beauty icon?

 

Gisele Bündchen. 

 

The one beauty product everyone needs in their bag at all times?

 

Quinton Hypertonic Vials 

 

What part of the body is the most powerful means of communication and why?

 

The eyes are windows to the soul. They have the power to transmit energetic states.

 

KANAKO TAKASE, 32, BROOKLYN

 

How do you describe what you do?

 

Helping people‘s visual imagination to come alive on their face.

 

Where were you born?

 

The southern part of Japan.

 

What’s your favorite childhood memory?

 

I was stung by jellyfish after a typhoon. It lit up fluorescent green when it wrapped around my left arm and stung me. It was so painful, but I laughed so hard.

 

What’s the most embarrassing beauty look or trend you fully adopted?

 

Straightened perm hair in Junior High.

 

What’s invisible but you wish everyone could see?

 

A connection from our past life.

 

Your journey from the womb to the present moment in one sentence:

 

It’s been smooth—no struggles.

 

What’s your personal beauty philosophy and/or mantra?

 

Sometimes we need a break from fancy products to not to spoil our skin.

 

Who’s your ultimate beauty icon?

 

Björk.

 

What’s the one beauty product everyone needs in their bag at all times?

 

Lip balm. I like Odacité lip serum right now.

 

How do you measure your personal success in your industry?

 

If I’m happy with what I’m doing and the people I work with are happy at the end of the day.

 

MARK JEN HSU, 28, NEW YORK CITY

 

How do you describe what you do?
 

I’m a fashion stylist, so I work with other creatives to make images—hopefully memorable ones.
 

Where were you born?
 

Taiwan.
 

What’s your favorite childhood memory?


I grew up in a countryside home with my grandparents. One day I rode on a goose thinking it was a horse and I was a knight. That evening, we had goose for dinner because I was too heavy for it. I was 3 years old. 
 

What’s the most embarrassing beauty look or trend you fully adopted?
 

I am obsessed with eyebrows and do a lot with them. Pai Mai has fierce eyebrows.

 

What’s invisible but you wish everyone could see?
 

Nothing is invisible, eventually everyone sees everything.

 

Your journey from the womb to the present moment in one sentence:
 

DON’T THINK ABOUT IT.

 

What’s your personal beauty philosophy and/or mantra?
 

Take selfies when you are hungover.

 

Who’s your ultimate beauty icon?
 

My Asian ancestors. 

 

What’s the one item everyone needs in their closet?

 

Sexy underwear.

 

What’s the most important trait to have in your line of work, besides style?

 

An eagerness to learn.

 

TINA OUTEN, NEW YORK & LONDON

 

How do you describe what you do?

 

I’m a hairstylist and colorist working in the fashion industry on set and on runway shows.

 

How old are you?

 

Ladies don’t tell.

 

Where were you born?

 

Chatham, Kent.

 

What’s your favorite childhood memory?

 

I have hardly any childhood memories, though one I do clearly still see is lying on our back lawn watching a plane fly overhead thinking it was my parents on board en route to Jamaica. I think I was around 4 years old, and they were going away for the first time. My sister and I were playing in the garden with my nan and she was telling us they were all the way up in the sky. I’ve been fascinated with planes ever since.

 

What’s the most embarrassing beauty look or trend you fully adopted?

 

I’ve never been embarrassed by any styles I experimented with as I was a teen in the ‘80s and we fully went for it. Personal expression was what we were all about. Always. So, I grew confidence young and have never wanted to look like everyone else. Everything now is tame in comparison.  

 

What’s invisible but you wish everyone could see?

 

What people do and don’t see is a reflection of their own self-worth. I’ve never been interested in what other people think of me, so I have no desire to be seen.

 

Your journey from the womb to the present moment in one sentence.

 

Magical.

 

What’s your personal beauty philosophy and/or mantra?

 

Be yourself, be happy, experiment and express yourself .

 

Who’s your ultimate beauty icon?

 

Growing up, I was obsessed with Marilyn Monroe—I had posters of her everywhere. I loved her hair, her make up, her sadness and her joy. I could relate to the power of her vulnerability, all the emotions that created her feminine strength and weakness, packaged as a total sex bomb.

 

What’s the one hair product everyone needs in their bathroom?

 

Hair Masque. And use it at least once a week—don’t just have it sit there looking cared for. We all should have shiny glossy hair.

 

What distinguishes hair from other mediums of expression?

 

Hair is completely individual to the head it’s on. How it behaves depends on how it’s cared for, so it’s responsive to what you put on it, what shampoo, conditioner, masque, color, bleach, styling products, heat, cut, which can all be changed up to create a different response. So, it’s alive, it has a life, it gives you an identity you can elevate or bring down, use it to rebel or conform. No two heads of hair are the same, so it’s your one truly personal identity to express and own.

 

KYRA CHERIE, 23, BROOKLYN

 

How do you describe what you do?

 

I’m a multi-dimensional artist who teaches dance fitness, exotic dances and models on the side for the coin!

 

Where were you born?

 

Redwood City, California

 

What’s your favorite childhood memory?

 

Every Christmas morning my brother would wake me up at 4 or 5AM to see if Santa came, even though he knew he doesn’t exist. He would still play along to make me super excited. I’ll never forget that and the way it made me feel.

 

What’s the most embarrassing beauty look or trend you fully adopted?

 

I definitely had a bindi phase.

 

What’s invisible but you wish everyone could see?

 

How much of a sensitive empath I am.

 

Your journey from the womb to the present moment in one sentence.

 

Dance, music and fashion have been at the core of my expressive self throughout my life and are the essence of my colorful, badass personality.

 

What’s your personal beauty philosophy and/or mantra?

 

I try to remind myself that I’m that bitch and there’s no one out there like me. I’m my own sickening entity.

 

Who’s your ultimate beauty icon?

 

A tie between Aaliyah and Christina Aguilera in their prime.

 

What’s the one thing you’ll never get on stage without?

 

Falsies! Gotta give that eye a dramatic lash, always!

 

What stereotype about your profession have you found to be total bullshit?

 

I guess when it comes to striping, people make the assumption that we don’t respect ourselves or our bodies, and that we only choose to strip as our last resort. Both of these are often times false, bullshit accusations.

 

 

Lead photo by Dario Catellani from office Issue 01; all member photos courtesy of the committee.

 

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