Having had a rich career in China, Huijun Zhang Wild first came to Europe for none other than
Burberry. Although she misses her mother’s cooking while she’s on the road, she is very grateful
to be working so well as a model. We are grateful that she is too. Her delicate, yet fierce looks
have to date graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar and L’Officiel and it will not be long before her
she’ll catch the eye of the wider audience. Untill then she learns from her idols, whom she now
meets at work and spends her days with some pretty adventurous hobbies. We are very pleased
to have talked to lovely Huijun and we think it’s high time that you meet her as well.
Words by Simone Doreleijers.
When did you first come to Europe and what did you think?
Last August, I came to London for the first time, had my first Fashion Week, and I was given the chance to walk for Burberry SS19. This was huge for me, and I am so grateful to all the people who encouraged me.
What was the biggest culture shock when you came to Europe? Do Europeans have any strange habits?
Europe is very clean and has a very efficient waste disposal system. Europeans enjoy life very much and value spending lots of time together with their families and this was incredibly important to me.
What do you miss most about home when you are on the road?
My mother’s cooking.
You have some amazing editorials to your name, like Harper’s Bazaar or L’Officiel, and you have done some beautiful shows, including Burberry Spring Summer 2019. What would you consider to be your big break?
Each of them was an amazing experience and helped me to grow. I am very grateful, and I hope to keep on making even greater breakthroughs in my career in the future.
What has been your favourite shoot so far?
My favourite shoot was one I did for L’Oreal in June this year, where I got to meet my favourite Chinese star in Prague and chat with her. She was very professional and strong, and I was hugely influenced by her spirit.
When the director asked her to do an action video, she discussed with him about which actions were the most beautiful and powerful. She would convey her ideas and then get the director’s approval, which I found very interesting. It made me realize I still have some learning to do.
In your editorials you show some great movement. What would you say is your best skill as a model?
If both the team and I are seriously into it. I am very involved in every shoot, completely focused on what I do.
You have amazing skin! What is your skincare routine?
I usually go for skincare products from La Mer, as their range is very good for the skin. My favourites are the Cleansing Micellar Water, their whitening essence, and then I use their double layer eye cream, and their double layer cream, with The Essence.
According to your bio at The Wild Management you have some pretty adventurous hobbies. What do you do to unwind?
Mountain climbing, scuba diving and going to the beach.
What would you be doing right now if anything was possible?
I would love to be a super skilled dancer.
How would your friends and family describe you?
Cute, happy, always doing what I like.
What were your childhood dreams, and what are those dreams today?
As a kid, my dream was to be a model. Now, I want to learn how to become a designer.
MakeUp by Linda Johansson @One Represent using Shiro Cosmetics.
Hair by Cher Savery using Moroccanoil. Photo assistant, Martina Lahore.
Fashion assistants, Victoria Fiorina & Gestine Bondad.
Huijun appears courtesy of Wild London.
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