This editorial was originally featured in A Book Of.
TELL US YOUR STORY? WHO IS SAKURA?
Well my name is Sakura, my full name is Sakura Paige Hart Heffron. I was born and raised in Honolulu Hawaii and it’s tradition there for people to have multiple names. That’s why I have two first names, Sakura and Paige.
YOU HAVE A VERY BEAUTIFUL NAME. WHAT DO YOU THINK INSPIRED YOUR PARENTS TO GIVE YOU A “CHERRY BLOSSOM” NAME?
Sakura is Japanese for Cherry blossom. Cherry blossoms grow in April and I was born in April, this was intentional by my parents.
WHAT’S YOUR ETHNIC BACKGROUND?
My mom is Japanese and my dad comes from Norwegian/American Decent.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
The United States of America, specifically Southern California.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN.
My home town is called Aliso Viejo, in Orange County. We moved from Hawaii once I started grade school. My hometown is not too far away from the beach, so I grew up spending most summer days when not in school, chilling with friends at the beach.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED NOW? YOU THINK YOU WOULD STAY THERE FOR A WHILE?
I am based in Los Angeles. I will be staying in LA for a while, finishing school and modeling.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A MODEL?
I was initially drawn to the fashion world at the young age of twelve. After my first shoot, I was inspired to keep modeling because I felt like I could inspire other girls to chase their dreams no matter where in life they may be. Something that seemed so farfetched to me became a reality once I set my mind to it. Anything and everything is possible if you believe in yourself. I am still inspired today by the amount of passion and hard work that goes into a photo shoot.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MODELING?
I was signed with my mother Agency Nous Model Management at twelve years old, just short of thirteen and now I am twenty-two years old.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART IN BEING A MODEL?
It is difficult to pinpoint one thing, but I love being able to delve into a new world and new setting every day. I am always adapting to new people and creative direction- I am never bored at work I am constantly in awe of everyone’s talent.
YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE IN MODELING SO FAR.
My first job is my most memorable because I was so young and worked with a famous photographer, Peggy Sirota.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR TIME AS A MODEL?
I have to balance school and modeling. I set my mind to it and do what I need to do before I know I am going to travel for work, or just make arrangements with my teachers so that I can turn it in when I get back.
IF YOU CAN COMPARE YOUR MODELING EXPERIENCES WITH YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The Black Stallion is a movie of raw beauty and elegance. I have learned that in the modeling industry, it’s best to be yourself.
WHAT COMES NEXT AFTER MODELING?
I want to be a designer, whether it’s interiors or exteriors of buildings.
ANY ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE TO ANY ASPIRING MODELS OUT THERE?
The real you is the best you so don’t try and be anything but yourself.
Dream project could be anything! Any opportunity to make people happy!
TELL US A SECRET.
I am addicted to playing Sims.
CURRENTLY BINGE WATCHING _____
IF YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A BOOK WHAT TITLE WOULD IT BE?
Love In Other Words
IF YOU WILL BE GIVEN THE CHANCE AND OPPORTUNITY TO HELP A SPECIFIC CHARITY, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Food for Peace. I believe adequate food to live and sustain ones life is a basic human right.
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Makeup – Sifa Sitani Instagram
Hair – Taylor Petenbrink Instagram