Recently I had the privilege of being featured on Japan's national morning show ZIP! and featured in Marie Claire Japan's Style Section. Below are some of the sample questions they asked me, which were featured in Japanese:
Hope you like them and enjoy! Arigato! xxoo, Michelle
1. What country do you want to visit?
Japan, of course! I’ve spent time in Tokyo and Fukushima and really want to visit the country much much more. (If you send me tickets, I’ll be there in 18 hours.)
2. What is your impression of Japan?
Japan is a beautiful, modern culture that mixes immeasurable natural, picturesque beauty and ancestral tradition with innovative technology, fast-paced fashion, and unsurpassed creativity. I think of Tokyo’s electricity and neon-colored city streets, in addition to the countryside’s mountains and Sakura festivals. Japan is a nation that is exciting; it is filled with possibilities, beauty, nature, city, old, and new.
3. What is your favorite Japanese food?
Sushi, sake, and Pocky! “Oishi!"
4. What is your career goal?
My career goal is to host a fabulous television show and make people laugh, while constantly trying new things. I want to show people that they can accomplish anything!
5. What is your favorite quote?
The lady who watches, learns. The lady who does, teaches. She who risks, wins.
6. What is your hobby?
Horseback riding (I’m an Equestrian), dancing (hip hop, Zumba, tango), traveling, and attending charity events and activities. In New York City, I am a member of many art society appreciation organizations. I love to visit galleries and take new classes in new activities, including painting. I love trying new things!
7. What are you into?
I’m into exploring life and making wonderful television for my viewers. Right now, I’m really into travel, luxury, and fitness! I also love home design and decoration and showing everyone how they can live fabulously, regardless of where they’re from or where they live.
8. What is your best feature?
My lips, my eyes, my smile? No, my personality! ;)
9. Give us some fashion tips!
Here’s the way to catch his eye: When applying mascara, always hold the mascara wand at the base of your eyelash, then blink. Do that twice, and then glide the mascara wand again over the ends of the lashes, which will now be even bigger. (Don’t forget to get the outside of your eyes, to give yourself a wider eye.) It’s the key for big eyes.
Miss Kiss: Want fuller looking lips? Apply a lipliner! Choose two shades darker than your natural lip and draw around (just on the outer edge) of your lip. The trick is that you want to create a subtle shadow around your lip to make them seem more plump, so your aim is to draw a little below the bottom lip and a little above the top lip. In French, they call this “Tromp L’oeil:” how to deceive the eye. ~In America, we just call it fashion, darling! (And kissable!) . . . Finish off your smooch-worthy look by adding some additional color to your lips some color: make the corners of a little darker than the center by adding a dab of shimmer (or a lighter shade) the center; add a gloss and smudge the colors together for a more natural look. And then go! (Warning: American boys may want to kiss you.) That will be one pouty, plump beautiful, kiss-worthy kisser!
Here’s how to steal the spotlight: Another fashion tip that is popular in New York City is to highlight your favorite features with bright accessories. Bright, shiny accessories draw people’s eyes to them, so attract attention to the areas that you want people to see first! Do you have a beautiful neckline? Show it off with a shimmering necklace or long dangly, show-stopping earrings. Glimmering, bejeweled jewelry that catches the light does wonders to make you stand out, in a crowded room! Accentuate your collarbone, ears, and face with necklaces or earrings; show off a new manicure with a great-looking bracelet. If you have amazing legs, buy a sequin skirt that flashes them or, another option, gold studded high heels! If you want to be flashy all night, wear a purse that is sparkly; it'll move in the light as you dance (like a disco ball, attached to your arm!). Don’t forget about headbands for hair or belts for a small waist. Shiny accessories allow you to control which parts of your body you want to highlight. Follow more fashion tips at www.MichelleSmoller.com and light up a room!
10. What is the best part of America? (Tell us about one aspect of the U.S. that you like the best.)
The best part of America is that it is such a big country, so there are many types of exciting people all living in one nation! In many instances, East Coast Americans have one perception of politics and life, whereas people who grow up in other areas (like the South or the West Coast) grow up so far away that their opinions on many topics and fashion and attitudes can be very different. I love New York because you get to meet people from all areas of The United States. And I love The United States because it is made up of 50 individual States that each has its own flavor, but we are all one country. I think the best part of America is the sense of optimism that its people embody and the pride they have: despite being one of fifty, each State is united as part of one large country. It’s an optimistic outlook that its people apply in many areas.
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