Style crush: Kicki Yang Zhang

Model, artist and all-round cool Berlin babe.

Who is Kicki?

Meet Kicki Yang Zhang. Model and artist from Berlin with a personal style that’s as strong and playful as it is individual. We hung out with Kicki in Berlin and asked her some questions about her work as a model and her thoughts on creating art, fashion and female empowerment.  

Q: How would you describe yourself?
A: Ambitious and very tall Chinese girl.

Q: How would your friends describe you?
A: I guess busy, that I’m always traveling and hustling. I always want the best for the people around me so hopefully they say I’m nice, supportive and generous.

Q: What is your proudest moment?
A: When I’m done with my taxes every year and I’m like “Wow I can handle all this grown up stuff“.

Q: Favourite music to dance to?
A: 80s hip hop. Run-D.M.C., MC Lyte or Slick Rick are my favourites.

Q: Favourite music to wind down to?
A: Classical music. I grew up with it and played classical piano for 12 years. Chopin or Brahms is my favourite when it comes to piano pieces.

Q: Fries or pizza?
A: Fries all the way. Might be weird to some people but I don’t like bread and pizza that much.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
A: Morning person! Makes me feel more productive.

Q: One thing you never forget when you leave your house?
A: My keys and my customised name-tag-ring that I got in NYC.

Q: What do you love about Monki?
A: That Monki is made for everyone! Monki has clothes for every body shape and style.

Q: How would you describe your style in 5 words?
A: Tomboy with a feminine twist.

Q: How do you plan your looks? Do you prepare your outfit a day in advance, or do you decide in the morning before you head out?
A: I usually decide in the morning. Having one piece I really want to wear that day and build my outfit of that day around it.

Q: What is your favourite thing to do on a sunny day and on a rainy day.
A: Sunny day: go outside with a sketchbook and draw and have a picnic with friends. Rainy day: Make vegan lasagne at home and do something on my computer (editing videos, watching movies or shows), or paint and draw as well.

The collection

Q: What do you love about this Monki collection?
A: That it has so many pieces that can be considered as classics and won’t go out of trend.

Q: Favourite piece from the collection?
A: The black workwear set!

Q: What do you like about the workwear trend?
A: The pockets. I love that functionality is trendy now.

Q: What are your thoughts on tonal dressing?
A: You can’t go wrong with that.

Q: What do you like about: The faux fur coat
A: It’s really fluffy and cosy and no bunny had to die for it.

Q: What do you like about: The hoodie
A: It’s cosy for walks during chilly nights.

Q: What do you like about: The jumpsuit
A: You pretty much put shoes on and you have an outfit without any effort.

Q: What do you like about: The suit
A: Currently I’m very into suits because you can style them casually with sneakers or dress up with some heels. Also, I love the pattern of this one.

Q: What do you like about the: The tonal look with the beige knit and trousers
A: I have never worn a knit which was so soft! Also, the tonal look really compliments my skin tone.

Q: What are your thoughts on: The sporty set with the skirt
A: I love that I look sporty but trendy at the same time, because in reality I’m actually not that sporty (anymore).

Q: What are your thoughts on: The workwear look
A: My personal favourite. I love the combination of black fabric with white seams!

The journey to being a model and an artist

Q: As a model and an artist you create so many inspiring things. Where do you find your inspiration both in terms of fashion and creating art?
A: Definitely from traveling. I get inspired by cityscapes and street styles from other places. NYC is my favourite. 

Q: How did you start doing what you do?
A: That is one of the most asked questions I get, but to be honest with you, I don’t really know, because I never said out loud “I want to be an artist/model/influencer”. I just DID, because I was passionate about it, got exposure via social media then companies etc. discovered me and now I’m doing this as work. Just DO something and put yourself out there. I feel like that’s what everyone should do instead of just talk about stuff.

Q: What does creativity mean to you?
A: Everything. It’s one of my life essences.

Q: Hardest thing about working in a creative field?
A: Some people don’t take me seriously because they don’t see what I’m doing as a real job. Also, you have to do a lot of things alone like writing invoices, do taxes, and also demands if a company is not paying you in time.

Q: Favourite thing about working in a creative field?
A: Freedom. That I have the possibility to for example work on the weekend and have free week days when everything is more empty. Travel spontaneously and also meeting very inspiring personalities.

Advice to your fans

Q: Best advice for your fans?
A: It’s cheesy but true: Do what you love and don’t care about what other people think about you. People back then in school treated me like shit, but I never stopped, and now I’m living a really good life that I worked for myself.

Q: Advice on how to find one’s style?
A: Try things out. I went through so many phases and I think it doesn’t matter how much I cringe seeing old photos. I think they were all necessary phases.

Q: If you could talk to the 15-year-old you, what would you say?
A: You’re great the way you are. Some people just can’t see it yet.

Q: Best advice on how to curate one’s feed?
A: Take pictures from different angles and distances. I love colourful backgrounds. Fortunately, Berlin has a lot of colourful doors and walls to offer. Sometimes I use an app to plan my feed but it’s not a necessity.

Female empowerment and fashion

Q: What does female empowerment mean to you?
A: Being strong, invincible and independent.

Q: What makes you feel empowered?
A: When I see how people support each other.

Q: What role do you think that fashion can have when it comes to empowerment?
A: Fashion is like art, it’s a way to express yourself. The way you dress can make you feel strong, comfortable and brave.

 

Thank you! <3

Style crush: Kicki Yang Zhang

Model, artist and all-round cool Berlin babe.

Who is Kicki?

Meet Kicki Yang Zhang. Model and artist from Berlin with a personal style that’s as strong and playful as it is individual. We hung out with Kicki in Berlin and asked her some questions about her work as a model and her thoughts on creating art, fashion and female empowerment.  

Q: How would you describe yourself?
A: Ambitious and very tall Chinese girl.

Q: How would your friends describe you?
A: I guess busy, that I’m always traveling and hustling. I always want the best for the people around me so hopefully they say I’m nice, supportive and generous.

Q: What is your proudest moment?
A: When I’m done with my taxes every year and I’m like “Wow I can handle all this grown up stuff“.

Q: Favourite music to dance to?
A: 80s hip hop. Run-D.M.C., MC Lyte or Slick Rick are my favourites.

Q: Favourite music to wind down to?
A: Classical music. I grew up with it and played classical piano for 12 years. Chopin or Brahms is my favourite when it comes to piano pieces.

Q: Fries or pizza?
A: Fries all the way. Might be weird to some people but I don’t like bread and pizza that much.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
A: Morning person! Makes me feel more productive.

Q: One thing you never forget when you leave your house?
A: My keys and my customised name-tag-ring that I got in NYC.

Q: What do you love about Monki?
A: That Monki is made for everyone! Monki has clothes for every body shape and style.

Q: How would you describe your style in 5 words?
A: Tomboy with a feminine twist.

Q: How do you plan your looks? Do you prepare your outfit a day in advance, or do you decide in the morning before you head out?
A: I usually decide in the morning. Having one piece I really want to wear that day and build my outfit of that day around it.

Q: What is your favourite thing to do on a sunny day and on a rainy day.
A: Sunny day: go outside with a sketchbook and draw and have a picnic with friends. Rainy day: Make vegan lasagne at home and do something on my computer (editing videos, watching movies or shows), or paint and draw as well.

The collection

Q: What do you love about this Monki collection?
A: That it has so many pieces that can be considered as classics and won’t go out of trend.

Q: Favourite piece from the collection?
A: The black workwear set!

Q: What do you like about the workwear trend?
A: The pockets. I love that functionality is trendy now.

Q: What are your thoughts on tonal dressing?
A: You can’t go wrong with that.

Q: What do you like about: The faux fur coat
A: It’s really fluffy and cosy and no bunny had to die for it.

Q: What do you like about: The hoodie
A: It’s cosy for walks during chilly nights.

Q: What do you like about: The jumpsuit
A: You pretty much put shoes on and you have an outfit without any effort.

Q: What do you like about: The suit
A: Currently I’m very into suits because you can style them casually with sneakers or dress up with some heels. Also, I love the pattern of this one.

Q: What do you like about the: The tonal look with the beige knit and trousers
A: I have never worn a knit which was so soft! Also, the tonal look really compliments my skin tone.

Q: What are your thoughts on: The sporty set with the skirt
A: I love that I look sporty but trendy at the same time, because in reality I’m actually not that sporty (anymore).

Q: What are your thoughts on: The workwear look
A: My personal favourite. I love the combination of black fabric with white seams!

The journey to being a model and an artist

Q: As a model and an artist you create so many inspiring things. Where do you find your inspiration both in terms of fashion and creating art?
A: Definitely from traveling. I get inspired by cityscapes and street styles from other places. NYC is my favourite. 

Q: How did you start doing what you do?
A: That is one of the most asked questions I get, but to be honest with you, I don’t really know, because I never said out loud “I want to be an artist/model/influencer”. I just DID, because I was passionate about it, got exposure via social media then companies etc. discovered me and now I’m doing this as work. Just DO something and put yourself out there. I feel like that’s what everyone should do instead of just talk about stuff.

Q: What does creativity mean to you?
A: Everything. It’s one of my life essences.

Q: Hardest thing about working in a creative field?
A: Some people don’t take me seriously because they don’t see what I’m doing as a real job. Also, you have to do a lot of things alone like writing invoices, do taxes, and also demands if a company is not paying you in time.

Q: Favourite thing about working in a creative field?
A: Freedom. That I have the possibility to for example work on the weekend and have free week days when everything is more empty. Travel spontaneously and also meeting very inspiring personalities.

Advice to your fans

Q: Best advice for your fans?
A: It’s cheesy but true: Do what you love and don’t care about what other people think about you. People back then in school treated me like shit, but I never stopped, and now I’m living a really good life that I worked for myself.

Q: Advice on how to find one’s style?
A: Try things out. I went through so many phases and I think it doesn’t matter how much I cringe seeing old photos. I think they were all necessary phases.

Q: If you could talk to the 15-year-old you, what would you say?
A: You’re great the way you are. Some people just can’t see it yet.

Q: Best advice on how to curate one’s feed?
A: Take pictures from different angles and distances. I love colourful backgrounds. Fortunately, Berlin has a lot of colourful doors and walls to offer. Sometimes I use an app to plan my feed but it’s not a necessity.

Female empowerment and fashion

Q: What does female empowerment mean to you?
A: Being strong, invincible and independent.

Q: What makes you feel empowered?
A: When I see how people support each other.

Q: What role do you think that fashion can have when it comes to empowerment?
A: Fashion is like art, it’s a way to express yourself. The way you dress can make you feel strong, comfortable and brave.

 

Thank you! <3