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YUKA TANAKA

Based in Berlin, Yuka Tanaka, works as a life model for artists or Figurative Arts students. She has worked for photographers like Paul Jung, Larissa Hofmann or Lena C. Emery, and for publications such as Pop Magazine, Numéro or Document. During her final year of bachelor degree studies at Tama Art University, where she studied scenic arts, dance and theatre, she began working as a life model or nude model.

Yuka is wearing Brian top and Pirandello pants.

“With the aim to deepen my relationship with my own body, and as if it were another kind of physical training, I began to practice as a nude model and so, gain confidence in myself as well as experience in movement.”

Initially, Yuka was inspired by typical poses found in classical painting or sculpture, however, with time, she began to explore other dynamics to achieve incomparable postures that would set her aside from other life models.

“ I began my career in Tokyo, where they expected more classical poses and movements, and a particular type of body. Mine is neither curvilinear nor extremely thin; it is not the kind of body typically sought after in a life model, so I investigated other techniques, adopted more conceptual references that were unique to me, bearing my physical complexion in mind. Now, several years later, I just let myself get carried away by what my body feels in that precise moment.”

As well as working as a model, Yuka creates images and shares them on various online platforms. It is an explorative exercise via the use of self-portraits using drawing, sculpture and/or photography, in which she addresses the problem of younger generations with self-esteem and feeling comfortable with their own identity in the age of social media.

Yuka is wearing Canto jumpsuit.

"I like to think my work helps people who lack self-confidence, and that through my own personal exploration, I can help them embark on their own journey"

Her personal suffering, stemming from her lack of self-esteem, is the main driving force behind this activity, which for her, is also an exercise in personal growth. Additionally, with this exercise, she intends to observe the common influences between the social and the individual.

“For now I prefer to keep sharing my work through social networks. I believe it makes more sense and reaches more people this way.”

Yuka is wearing Pirandello dress.

Photographed by Silvia Conde

YUKA TANAKA

Based in Berlin, Yuka Tanaka, works as a life model for artists or Figurative Arts students. She has worked for photographers like Paul Jung, Larissa Hofmann or Lena C. Emery, and for publications such as Pop Magazine, Numéro or Document. During her final year of bachelor degree studies at Tama Art University, where she studied scenic arts, dance and theatre, she began working as a life model or nude model.

Yuka is wearing Brian top and Pirandello pants.

“With the aim to deepen my relationship with my own body, and as if it were another kind of physical training, I began to practice as a nude model and so, gain confidence in myself as well as experience in movement.”

Initially, Yuka was inspired by typical poses found in classical painting or sculpture, however, with time, she began to explore other dynamics to achieve incomparable postures that would set her aside from other life models.

“ I began my career in Tokyo, where they expected more classical poses and movements, and a particular type of body. Mine is neither curvilinear nor extremely thin; it is not the kind of body typically sought after in a life model, so I investigated other techniques, adopted more conceptual references that were unique to me, bearing my physical complexion in mind. Now, several years later, I just let myself get carried away by what my body feels in that precise moment.”

Yuka is wearing Canto jumpsuit.

As well as working as a model, Yuka creates images and shares them on various online platforms. It is an explorative exercise via the use of self-portraits using drawing, sculpture and/or photography, in which she addresses the problem of younger generations with self-esteem and feeling comfortable with their own identity in the age of social media.

Above Yuka is wearing Flag dress.

"I like to think my work helps people who lack self-confidence, and that through my own personal exploration, I can help them embark on their own journey"

Her personal suffering, stemming from her lack of self-esteem, is the main driving force behind this activity, which for her, is also an exercise in personal growth. Additionally, with this exercise, she intends to observe the common influences between the social and the individual.

“For now I prefer to keep sharing my work through social networks. I believe it makes more sense and reaches more people this way.”

Yuka is wearing Pirandello dress.

Photographed by Silvia Conde