Korean model Noma Han has starred in campaigns for Benetton, GAP and Tommy Hilfiger in addition to appearing on the cover of Dazed, Fantastics and Elsewhere Magazine. These days Noma balances his time between modeling and his passion for tattooing.
Tell us how you got started in fashion.
I got started in fashion when I got into the modeling industry. Before that I was just a high school kid that loved buying clothes.
Coming from Korea what were your initial impressions when you moved to New York and began modeling?
At first, my initial impression was “this is pretty much the same as Korea.” Then after I started modeling, I thought this city was so much different. Everything is big, scale-wise. It was just crazy.
What are your aspirations and goals for the future?
In the future, I want my life to be balanced between tattooing and modeling. I want to be happy about whatever it is that I do.
What do you hope to get out of your modeling career?
People, memories. I have met a lot of people from modeling and I have lots of memories that made me both happy and sad. It’s all precious and I wanna keep it.
How do you handle the pressure and rejection that comes with modeling?
It was hard at first. I got stressed and smoked a lot of cigarettes. Now I work out and that releases the stress from pressure and rejection. At the end of the day it is just a business.
If you weren’t modeling what would you be doing?
I’m not sure. I never had a dream before I started modeling. When I became a model I met lots of friends and people who inspired me and made me interested in many things, such as tattooing.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
The highlight of my career so far would be the time I made my decision to be a tattoo artist and model at the same time. For my modeling career highlight, it would be my third season in Europe. Everything just went really smoothly. Every casting that I went to went well and I did bunch of shows.
What have you discovered about yourself through modeling?
I used to be very quiet but I discovered that I’m actually loud and love having fun. I can be very comfortable in front of the camera.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I’m not sure. They might get surprised to find out that I stopped smoking.
Follow him at @nomahan