Good Things Come in Pairs: #kikilala

Good Things Come in Pairs: #kikilala

The model duo and best friends are defining two sides of the same coin.

The model duo and best friends are defining two sides of the same coin.

Text: Emma Li

Yuka Mannami and Fernanda Ly are both international models with signature styles featuring long, pin straight hair and blunt bangs. The two are best friends, each other’s style icons, and use their own Instagram hashtag, #kikilala.

Yuka made her catwalk debut at Fendi’s SS16 haute fourrure show in Tokyo during her first month as a professional model. As a teenager, she practiced classical ballet and later went on to attend nursing school.

But Yuka didn’t always have hip-grazing black hair. At one point, she decided to quit ballet and get a pixie cut. Another dramatic change in her life came about when she was initially scouted through Instagram.

Yuka’s love for vintage shopping is brought up all the time: her favorite store is The Four Eyed, a vintage boutique nestled behind a love hotel in Tokyo’s fashionable Shinjuku district. Although Yuka has claimed that she would never wear pink, her favorite street style icon and best friend, Fernanda Ly, has a bed of pastel pink hair.

Fernanda is a Chinese Australian model whose wardrobe of school uniforms and platform boots (she confesses to owning too many shoes but that doesn’t stop her from buying more) and dyed hair led her to be scouted in a Sydney mall at the age of 16. After taking a leave from studying architecture, she made her debut catwalk at Louis Vuitton’s FW15 show.

The Australian model also speaks Cantonese and Japanese conversationally. Her previous Instagram bio introduced herself as “mahou shoujo”, meaning magical girl in Japanese while her handle “warukatta” is a Japanese translation of a casual apology. Fernanda also has a yellow labrador pet dog named Tong, which means soup in Cantonese.

Like Yuka, Fernanda is one who embraces change – her newest look has her rocking bleached hair and eyebrows. The duo enjoys playing the Japanese fantasy role-playing game Final Fantasy and speaking Japanese (in different levels of fluency). #Kikilala sees them sharing moments together from selfies to their mutual love for animals seen on the street. The two often model together, most recently for the cover of Numero Tokyo’s May issue.

Yuka and Fernanda have plans to live together as roommates in New York, where their fans and the fashion industry will surely see the dynamic duo consistently in action.

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