Interview with FORD Model Amanda Yu
By Chelsea McCoy
“I hope to be the best that I can be while I’m here in New York. Later in life, I’ll look back and be proud of myself for trying.”
20-year-old Amanda Yu thought it was a joke when her agent asked her if she would like to move to New York for a few months to model. Yu leaped at the chance and hasn’t looked back. “There are so many clients and opportunities here. It’s amazing,” Yu said, not to mention the cherry on top, walking the runway during New York Fashion Week.
Most of Yu’s work comes from e-commerce websites in the ranks of Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor Loft, Macy’s, Target, Gilt Group, and Ralph Lauren Rugby. You could still see her pop up in some catalogs and magazine editorials in which Yu said are “always a lot of fun.”
ASTONISH: You are originally from San Francisco, right? What made you decide to move to New York?
AMANDA: Yes, I’m from San Ramon, California. It’s a little less than an hour away from San Francisco. I had already started my first year of college, so it was a big deal to leave that behind and move to New York. I guess my motivation to actually get up and move was that I wanted to give modeling a 110% try. It was really hard balancing both modeling and schoolwork, especially when I was traveling to New York for work and missing countless days of school. It was a huge lifestyle change for me, but I love it now. I hope to be the best that I can be while I’m here in New York. Later in life, I’ll look back and be proud of myself for trying.
ASTONISH: What was your most memorable campaign?
AMANDA: I think Abercrombie. It went on for a whole week in Montauk. There were about 50-60 models, and we got to take acting classes as well as dancing. I met people from all over the world, which was very cool. Plus, when I was growing up, I had dreamed of being an Abercrombie model! In middle school my closet only contained clothes from Abercrombie and Hollister [laughs].
ASTONISH: Do you have any exciting projects or campaigns coming up?
AMANDA: Not that I know of.
ASTONISH: What does your outfit look like on your day off?
AMANDA: I always have either black or dark jeans on with a comfortable top or jacket with my ultimately favorite over-the-knee boots from Stuart Weitzman.
ASTONISH: Would you call yourself a fashionista? If so, what are some of your favorite labels?
AMANDA: I definitely enjoy following current trends and designers, but I’m not too dedicated to it. Rachel Zoe is one of my favorite labels. Her style defines my taste in clothes. Other favorites are Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang, and Uniqlo — I’m a huge fan of simple and they have everything possible that is simple. [Also] Zara and Loft.
ASTONISH: What is your favorite part about modeling? And your least favorite?
AMANDA: My favorite part about modeling is wearing amazing clothes, and I enjoy being photographed so much. Most of the time, a day at work flies by for me because I’m enjoying the clothes I try on and get to move around in it in front of a camera. My least favorite is probably when things go badly when I’m traveling. One time, my flight to Seattle was delayed six hours due to a maintenance problem. It only takes five to get there! By the time I got to the hotel, I had to be up in two hours to work. It was like working off a red-eye.
ASTONISH: If you could work for any campaign, who would it be?
AMANDA: I’m not sure! There are just so many brands and designers out there that I’d love to shoot for. It is hard to pick just one.
ASTONISH: What is one thing that other models and industry professionals don’t know about you?
AMANDA: I think I tell everybody my life story when I meet them. I can’t think of something they don’t know about me. Here’s something random instead. I only eat green, red, and purple Skittles! Skittles and water are the first things I buy when I get through security at an airport.
For more of Amanda, visit her official Ford Models page