Ange Yu


— October 25, 2018 —

Bb gal Ange is originally from (and still based) in Sydney. She grew up in Strathfield—which had a very rich Korean culture then, but has since changed to the point of being unrecognisable—and spent her adolescent years up North of Sydney. Having a national park as her backyard back then was “magical”, and if someone was visiting her hometown, she’d take them right by Westleigh drive, where it’s literally her “house meets national park.” 

Her ideal 24-hours in Sydney looks a little something like this:

“An early workout at Paramount Rec Club, then a coffee from Paramount Coffee Project on the way out. I’d host a ‘potluck’ ploughman’s spread for breakfast, featuring house made pickles, my chutney and jam, bread by my talented friends, and cheese from Continental Deli. Great food and great company is such a special combination—even more so when you’re sharing what you’ve made. I’d then wander over to The Dolphin for a quick tipple, sit by the wine bar and let the talented Marie pour her current favourite drop. Then dinner at Ester with loved ones; not going to even look at then menu, I’ll eat whatever Matt gives me!” *Stomach grumbles.*

Outside of modelling, she works full-time in digital marketing and communications and makes art when she gets a spare minute. In life, she’s most curious about “the deepest part of the sea—specifically when an underwater cliff-edge meets black abyss”, with the incredibly great/relatable reasoning that she’s “so terrified of it that [she’s] obsessed.” She doesn’t consider herself to be a spiritual person, per say, but is a self-described ‘eat good, be good, feel good’ kinda gal. The best advice she’s received is to “surround yourself with great, loving and supportive people!” 

If she gave up social media for a week, she reckons her “job would be very boring”, but admits she’s in need of a technology detox in general, and even the small act of switching on her OOO recently was “liberating”. Feel u. Creative collabs and meeting great people is the best thing about her job, but if she could change one thing, it would be an end to the expectation of always being readily available. Truth! 

She’s currently “getting [her] dose of queer literature” reading Beauty & Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata and Call Me By Your Name by Andre Acimen. The book that’s had the biggest impact on her is Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami. “There’s something about unrequited love and its tenderness captured in this book that’s stayed with me," she explains. "Also Strangeland by Tracey Emin. Just read it. Trust me.”

In the next 10 years, she hopes we’ll see a move towards more support for creativity and collaboration, and especially locally, because “we’re spilling with talent here in Sydney and it seems like we lose most of them as they seek opportunities elsewhere.” To Ange, female friendships are very important, as there’s no wholehearted support or togetherness like sisterhood. “We can truly make mountains move with our strength and determination,” she adds. 

If she could give her 15-year-old self some advice, it would be, “Don’t worry, you’ll figure it out”, and to her ‘cool’ is “being utterly, completely, and unapologetically yourself.”

Words: Maddy Woon    Photos: Michael Brunt   Fashion: Suzannah Snow

Ange is represented by Kult SYDNEY

Shot on location at Phillip Bay in Sydney


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