[TRANS] Tiffany’s Interview in Grazia, March 2016
FROM DIOR, WITH TIFFANY
As soon as she stepped into the Arrivals Hall, there was
impenetrable security, police protocol while transferring to the hotel, and the
thousands of fans who waited at the event venue. <Grazia> exclusively
joined Tiffany’s Bangkok Emporium Dior Boutique visit that took over Instagram
with the hashtag #WelcomeTiffanytoThailand
[From beginning to end, she looked out for <Grazia>
staff. Even getting into the car, she did not lose eye contact.]
[Event venue that was tangled with fans and press. That
night, Tiffany responded with the words, ‘Tonight was magical’ and the hashtag
[The secret behind this lovely cut is bare feet. Words she
left while changing clothes. “Wasn’t I ugly when I was eating the apple before?”]
You came to Bangkok 2
weeks ago for the concert. How is it visiting again?
It feels different. It doesn’t seem like the Bangkok that I
knew before. Isn’t it fascinating? I arrived at the hotel and went out onto the
terrace. I exclaimed “Ah~”. I even like just looking outside.
Does it feel like you’re
Yes. Work this time is a dream schedule. These days, I’m in
the middle of preparing for my solo album so I’m focused on music work. It’s
not my style to unveil that area so I haven’t been Instagramming and I’ve been
quiet, but I can unveil all of this work. I can share in real time with fans so
it’s a happy schedule.
When we met you at
the airport yesterday, the first impression was ‘more adult-like than we’d
thought’. But today, you became lovely again.
Haha. I’m 28 now. And I was dressed more like a girl
Not your outfit, but
we meant your way of speaking and acting is more adult-like so we were
surprised. Today, you came here because you’ve been invited to the Dior store
opening event, what are your feelings and impressions?
I have a lot of interest in fashion. And Dior is one of my
top three favourite brands. I’m fond of the spring/summer collection full of
pastel colours and pink, which I especially like. Before I came here, I studied
up on the history of the Dior house. Not only the patterns, colours and designs
of the collections, but I also examined the jewelry, beauty and the
sensibilities of the creative directors who change according to season.
I think you suit Dior
Fascinatingly, all of the muses of the Dior house are
artists who give me inspiration. Sophie Marceau, Monica Bellucci, Charlize
Theron, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Mila Kunis – they’re all female
figures I like. The side of them where when they’re strong, they’re strong and
when they’re genial, they’re genial resembles Dior’s look.
We heard there was a
story with the outfit you wore when you departed?
Originally, I was going to wear a hot pink knit, but I
wanted the silver bag to stand out more so I changed. The striped outerwear
that I wore that day is a product that isn’t in Korea so on the day I left, we
dramatically had it flown in from an international store. I matched the
outerwear with white jeans and the slip-ons I normally wear. I wanted to do a
look that went with this season’s Dior collection, so I chose the texture of
the fabric and the details on the bottom edge of the pants after deliberation.
The clothes you’re wearing
now suit you well too.
It feels even more perfect because the outfit fits with
Bangkok’s current weather. Normally you end up shooting wearing thin clothes
when it’s cold and thick clothes when it’s hot.
For the evening
event, we heard you’re planning to dress up your outfit with a jacket?
I’m nervous. Dior is known for jackets. It’s an item that’s
difficult to pull off in a cool way, but thankfully I found a design that suits
me perfectly. It feels like 28, and it’s not an obvious look like a dress and
pumps; I wanted to add a mood that’s a bit more stylish and mature.
Are you in a time
where you want to change your style?
These days, my hands go for classic items. As I get older, I
think my tastes lean in that direction. When I wear that style, if I get
reactions like ‘you’re like an adult, you’re like a woman’, I’m satisfied.
We can’t refrain from
talking about Instagram; when we see Tiffany’s account, it feels very sparkly.
What is the main keyword that you have in mind?
Pink. If you look at a person’s SNSD, you can know that
person’s sensibilities. In my Instagrams, there are a lot of pink hues. Pastel
toned, cotton candy-like photos.
You must like the
Yes. So that’s why there are a lot of tones like that
naturally. These days, I’m trying to use other colours. For instance, colours
We saw the video you
uploaded yesterday. (Translator note: Interviewer is referring to this
When I went into my room, there were presents sent from Dior
with my name written on them. I wanted to share my mood at that time with fans.
Dior fans can see me, and my fans can be introduced to Dior so it’s a happy
thing for everyone. In reality, there are fans who say ‘I don’t know fashion that
well but I like that I get to know it through Tiffany’.
You’re good at
capturing photo angles. When you post, do you have any know-hows or habits?
My nickname is ‘SNSD’s In-House Photographer’. Of SNSD
members’ SNS photos, 80% of them are ones I’ve taken for them? It’s fun to bring
to life the dimension and presence of colours or of people. It’s about
capturing the pretty features of members that a photographer we’ve met for the
first time can’t know. Members say, “If you weren’t here, how would I do SNS”.
I take a lot of photos and know-hows just get created.
We saw your tattoo
photo too, when did you get it?
I have one on my side, and recently I got one on my finger.
We’re curious why you
got it in those places and the meaning of the tattoos.
The tattoo on my side is ‘Toujours Belle’, and it means ‘forever
beautiful’ in French. My Korean (Hangeul) name is ‘Mi’ meaning beautiful and ‘Young’
meaning forever. I was too fed up with Forever Beautiful in English so I got it
done in French. It’s kind of like the name of a perfume… For location, I chose
my side below the chest, where it can be covered with underwear, and while
planning the tattoo, I realized that I’m more conservative than I thought. When
thinking of marriage, I wanted it to be in a place where it can’t easily be
seen, where only very close people can see.
The second tattoo
reads ‘Dreamer’, right?
I got it on the inner part of my fourth (ring) finger on my
right hand. When I gather my hand, it’s the side visible to me. Since outer
part can be a problem if it’s visible when shooting editorials. But it really hurt.
Don’t get more than 7 letters tattooed, for real.
Do you shop a lot?
Yes. I completely shop a lot. This year’s motto is ‘Work
Hard, Shop Harder’. Haha.
Sometimes after you
shop a lot, aren’t there times when you feel a sense of guilt?
That’s right. But trying on these heels and those clothes are
all processes that make who I am now. I hope that people who are in this line
of work don’t feel guilty. There’s a lot you can learn. If you buy and wear
clothes, you naturally develop an eye for it. Since you understand it. At award
shows or at special events, your attitude definitely changes.
While promoting as
SNSD, you wear clothes that fit into a variety of concepts. At times like that,
is there a method unique to Tiffany to make yourself stand out?
I show my neck and legs. Relative to my height, my legs are
on the long side so if I stand beside a tall member, I need to show more of my
legs to appear taller. These days, everyone knows my size so I have let that go
You seem to be filled
with a happy virus. You also seem like you have a lot of playfulness. You always
tend to be fun-loving, right?
I try to be optimistic as much as possible. I go by ‘Things
that aren’t meant to happen will not happen no matter how hard you try, and
things that are meant to happen will happen’. From airport outfit, to the shoes
I’ll wear today, it didn’t seem like it would work out but they ended up
working out. I think the dramatic aspects of life are fun.
Then what’s most fun for
you these days?
Do you have time to
Today is travel too. Next week, I’m going to Hawaii for a
photoshoot, and the week after, I’m going to Paris.
You are shooting a
lot. Today, you’re also filming videos; each one has its own charms, right?
Photos are fun because you can create it, and videos are fun
because it’s honest. A video unveils everything. What’s fake and what’s real.
In a photo, I like that I can check everything, like from where the light is
falling and how much green is in it. It’s interesting that the feeling changes
depending on the staff that is with me. A new side of me that I didn’t know
Now you have to leave
in two hours.
It’s refreshing that I’ll meet fans in a department store
and I’m looking forward to it. In Bangkok, I always met them in performance
venues. Since I’m showing myself in clothes like this and not on the stage, fans
can see me in a new light.
[While getting her makeup done, she found a Dior ad in the
newspaper and took a photo for proof]
“These days, my hands go for classic items. As I get older, I think my tastes lean in that direction. When I wear that style, if I get reactions like ‘you’re like an adult, you’re like a woman’, I’m satisfied.”
WELCOME TIFFANY TO THAILAND
When departing from Incheon airport, Bangkok was already
overexcited. The news that Tiffany will visit the Emporium Department Store
Dior Store Re-Opening event became known and airport fashion look started
appearing on timelines with the hashtag #WelcomeTiffanytoThailand. On the day
of the event, thousands of fans waited from the morning behind the barricade
that went past the photo zone after getting out of the car. Endlessly
continuing cheering from the fans and flashes. Tiffany paused in the middle and
waved her hand, she took a selfie and a video in front of the store logo and
communicated with fans. On February 18, Emporium Dior boutique had its renewal
opening, reflecting the elegance and modernity of house brand Dior. With two
dramatic entrances, one side had ready-to-wear, accessories and watches, and
the other side had an area for VIP so that they could shop comfortably. The
Bangkok boutique, in the same league as the Seoul flagship store and Tokyo
Omotesando boutique, has a dramatic exterior made of sparkling glass and
chrome, showing off its luxuriousness and urban style. Another special point is
that furniture designed by international artists is scattered throughout the
store. Tiffany, who visited the store, looked at the spring/summer shoes and
bags with Bangkok’s socialites in the VIP room and enjoyed the unique space.
- She gathered both hands and after giving a
Thai-style greeting, she captured everyone with her eye smile.
- Making her way through an incredible number of
fans and crowds
- The gold version of the same bag that she
carried at the airport.
- She arrived at the airport wearing the outerwear
that was airlifted in by the Chungdam boutique at 11 am on the morning of
- Dior VIP who came to the store. She greeted
Bangkok’s It Girls with a smile and left a commemorative photo with a group
Scan credits: GGPM