Today’s Fxshnjunke Spotlight features 23 year old upcoming Youtuber , beauty influencer and freelance model , Brooklyn , NYC native Hikari Fleurr. We linked up with Hikari to talk makeup , starting her YouTube channel , and more !
Dasia: What inspired you to become a model?
Hikari: Watching America’s Next Top Model as a young girl inspired me to experiment with new looks and start taking pictures. At one point in my life, my friend and I would wake up extremely early in the morning just to get to the park before it got crowded, so we could take pictures. The camera we used wasn’t even high quality, but I didn’t care, because I found taking pictures to be so much fun.
Dasia: How long have you been modeling?
Hikari: I had my very first photoshoot when I was 17 years old. However, I didn’t start getting booked for actual paid shoots until I turned 19 years old. When you first start out modeling, your portfolio isn’t that strong. Your portfolio gets stronger as time goes by. As I got older, I grew out of my comfort zone and branched out to start networking with new people.
Dasia: We all know that you are a makeup lover and you slay all the time ! What are your favorite makeup brands?
Hikari: First off, if you know me, you know that I love Kylie Jenner! I love her Kylie Cosmetics line. I have over 15 of her lippies. I also love Benefit Cosmetics, especially their “They’re Real” mascara! As far as lashes, Bretman Rock’s Eyeris Beauty lashes are the BOMB! Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of my favs as well. I’m currently obsessed with their foundation sticks!
Dasia: What do you think most of your followers know you for?
Hikari: For my photoshoot pictures and my viral beauty tutorial videos. A lot of beauty pages and brands tend to repost my makeup tutorials, so I usually get a lot of followers from that. I’ve been posted on large following pages such as @HudaBeauty, @AnastasiaBeverlyHills, & @Wakeupandmakeup.
Dasia: Who are some of your favorite photographers to work with?
Hikari: I have a lot of photographers I enjoy working with, but my favs right now would have to be @nyarko_photography, @orensiddophotography & @rome_god .
Dasia: Where are your favorite places to shop ?
Hikari: FASHION NOVA & FOREVER 21!!! 🙂
Dasia: What motivated you to start a Youtube channel?
Hikari: Seeing beauty bloggers like @Itsmyrayeraye being able to get paid for having fun and being able to travel for beauty events just seemed so amazing to me! I thought, I love makeup, people are always asking me for beauty advice, and I definitely do promotions on instagram, so why not make a channel and put all this content into YouTube videos. I never really wanted to be a lawyer, teacher or doctor. I was always into the arts. I love fashion, beauty and creativity. With Youtube, you can do whatever you please. Its your easel, you paint what you want.
Dasia: What can new subscribers expect from you on your channel?
Hikari: New subscribers can expect more and more creative videos to come! I’m definitely trying to have my content stand out, because I believe that’s what usually makes my videos go viral. I want to start incorporating more relatable ideas to my channel, that way my viewers feel they can connect with me. I feel like there is sooo much more about me that my viewers still have yet to learn, so I definitely want to open up more to them about my interests, beliefs, everyday life, childhood, etc.
Dasia: For anyone who wants to become a model, what are some tips that you can give them?
Hikari: Quality over quantity is soo important! A lot of beginner models like to shoot for free with upcoming photographers. I believe sometimes its just better to pay a more advanced and well known photographer, that way you build a strong portfolio and you get great exposure.
Dasia: Have you heard of Fxshnjunke before? If not ,what did you think about it ?
Hikari: No I haven’t. When I first took a look at it, I thought it was a dope site and I was so surprised to see so many artists/creators on there that I was familiar with.
Dasia: What are some of your goals for 2017?
Hikari: For 2017, I want to hit at least 100K subscribers on my YouTube channel and I want to get officially signed to a modeling agency. I also want to start traveling more and vlogging for my viewers.
Dasia: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
Hikari: In the next 5 years I see myself as a famous YouTuber, consistently traveling. I see myself owning my own company and making huge entrepreneur moves.I also see myself being officiated signed and featured in numerous magazine spreads and company websites. Overall, in the next 5 years, i want to be a huge inspiration to many young girls in the world.
Be sure to follow Hikari @missfleurr and subscribe to her channel here
Edited by @dasiatheceo