Rila Fukushima – The Japanese Model and Actress Everyone is Talking About

Once upon a time, Rila Fukushima was just a young lady who wanted to become a modeling agent. Her bosses were also convinced that she had the looks to be a model herself and urged her to try it. Today, Fukushima is an internationally-renowned model as well as a movie star. She has featured in several Hollywood blockbusters and in 2013, Vogue named her one of its Japanese women of the year. Want to know more about this incredible lady? Then, we have got a lot of interesting facts about her.

Who is Rila Fukushima and how old is She?

Rila Fukushima was born on the 16th of January 1989 in Tokyo, Japan. Her nationality is, therefore, Japanese while her ethnicity is Asian. The model cum actress has not revealed many details about her family background. There is however no doubt that her family must be proud of all she has managed to accomplish.

Fukushima grew up in Tokyo where she completed her elementary and high school education. She thereafter attended college and studied music for some years. Upon leaving college, Fukushima applied to a Tokyo-based modeling agency for the position of a booker. During the interview, her bosses informed her that she had the looks to be a model herself and urged her to try it out. She heeded their advice and the rest, as they say, is history.

Interesting Facts About the Japanese Model and Actress

Rila Fukushima has modeled for brands such as Vera Wang

Fukushima commenced her professional modeling career in 2004, at the age of 15. Since then, she has appeared in campaigns and ads for several fashion brands including the likes of Kenzo, GAP, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Belvedere Vodka, Glow, Puma, Sephora, Vera Wang, and Swarovski.

The Tokyo native has also graced the pages of international magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and in 2017, opened the Louis Vuitton Cruise Show held in Kyoto. Rila Fukushima is also one of the long-term muses of Nicolas Ghesquière. Ghesquière is a famed French designer who is renowned for his sense of contrast. He has served as the creative director of Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton and was named the international designer of the year at the 2014 British Fashion Awards.

She appeared in the 2013 blockbuster movie, The Wolverine

Rila Fukushima is not just a model but also a budding actress. The Tokyo native made her acting debut in the year 2010, appearing in the short movie, Karma: A Very Twisted Love Story. Since then, she has appeared in several Japanese and American movies including Twilight: Saya in Sasara, Gonin Saga, Warrior, Terra Formars, Ghost in the Shell, Honeybees and Distant Thunder, and The Wolverine.

Rila Fukushima and Hugh Jackman in Wolverine
Rila Fukushima and Hugh Jackman in Wolverine (image source)

The Wolverine is a 2013 superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The movie features Hugh Jackman as the titular wolverine who embarks on a journey to Japan in order to battle a deadly samurai. In the movie, Fukushima played the role of Yukio, a deadly assassin/precognitive mutant who is also wolverine’s sidekick.

Rila Fukushima is a star of the popular TV series, Arrow

Fukushima has equally been successful on the small screens, appearing in TV series such as Gunshi Kanbei, The Long goodbye, Million Yen Woman, Blindspot, Game of Thrones, and Arrow.

Arrow is a CW superhero series about a billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen, who becomes a crime-fighting vigilante after being shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Arrow features the likes of Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy Rodgers while Fukushima plays the recurring role of Tatsu Yamashiro aka Katana. Katana is a Japanese martial arts expert who played a pivotal part in Oliver’s transformation into the green-hooded vigilante named Arrow.

Rila Fukushima’s height, weight and body measurements

Rila Fukushima is 5 feet 6 ¼ inches tall (1.63m) and her weight is given as 53kg or 117lbs or 53kg. Her hair color is black while her eye color is also black. The model has not disclosed exact details about her fitness regimen. It is however obvious that her slim physique must be as a result of a healthy diet and physical exercise.

Her fashion style

Fukushima meanwhile boasts of a comfortable and impressive personal fashion style. The model has disclosed that what inspires her style is people watching as she gets lots of ideas from unique people who do not follow any fashion tides. These people could be 12-year-olds, who have full freedom, or 86 year old ladies with tons of class.

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