The model revealed she had graduated from the department of architecture at University of California, Berkeley. She was later cast as a model while shopping at a vintage shop in nearby San Francisco when she was in her early 20s.
“I used to work at a company in Silicon Valley, but I gave the job up to be a model,” she said. “It wasn’t easy, as I was Asian and also kind of old to be a model.”
Soo Joo said she was turned down for modeling jobs more than a thousand times. She, however, eventually became an exclusive model for Chanel, and a favorite of creative director Karl Lagerfeld.
“The pay was okay,” she casually said with a smile. “I bought a house in New York.”
By Im Eun-byel (firstname.lastname@example.org)