A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon Rie through her blog Rie Victoria Aoki. Her styling and bohemian flair really inspired me and led me to reach out to her for a photo-interview. Rie is a professional ballet dancer from Japan, who is currently residing in Wilmington, DE. She has been featured on the Free People Office BLDG 25 blog, DISfunkfashion Magazine blog and popular instagram pages such as Free People, Urban Outfitters, Novella Royale etc.
For this collaboration, the location Rie and I settled on was Fishtown, Philadelphia. Fishtown happens to be my favorite neighborhood in Philadelphia because it never ceases to surprise and inspire me. The locations used include La Colombe Torrefaction, Jinxed (thrift/antique shop), Philadelphia Record Exchange and various streets in the area. By the way, I ended up taking that James Dean record (prop used in photos below) home to enjoy!
Tell me a little bit about your education background and what you are currently doing.
I’m a professional ballet dancer and that’s all I’m doing in my life! After I finished all of my school programs in Japan, I went to Kirov Ballet School of Washington DC to finalize my ballet education.
What made you choose to go into ballet?
I’m not sure… When I realized, I was already super passionate and into it.
What do you like most about it (ballet)?
I can speak to people/audience without a single word.
How did you get into fashion blogging and what do you love most about it?
I always loved styling since I was a little kid. I used to have a fashion blog when I was in high school in Japan! What I love the most about it is that I get to tell people what my own point of view is.
What is your greatest achievement thus far?
I was able to have shoots with Free People!
What are your future goal(s)?
Be somebody’s style goal.
Are there any designers you look up to or find inspiring?
I don’t have any specific ones, I get inspired by so many.
What are your top fashion style icons?
Always but especially for spring/summer looks, Vanessa Hudgens is my boho style queen!
What are your inspirations (please specify what these inspirations are towards aka ballet, fashion etc) ?
For styling, I get super inspired by colors and patterns. I love those fashionistas out there who nail pattern play!
Do you have any hobbies?
I love going on vintage shopping! I also love taking photos, not just being in front of a lens!
What are some causes, issues or ideas you are passionate about?
What advice can you give to anyone trying to do what you are doing?
I’m so not sure there is someone who is trying to do what I’m doing, honestly, but… just keep doing what you are doing and appreciate everything you get <3
If you liked the interview and want to keep up with Rie, follow her on her instagram! Otherwise, till next time! Ciao!