“Okay, let’s do it!” Kim yells as she emerges from the makeup area, wearing a soft-but-sultry smoky eye look by famed makeup artist Shaun Lee, a sleek bob that’s been freshly trimmed by celebrity hairstylist David Gan just minutes before, and the same Dior Chez Moi short-sleeved jacket and pants set that she had arrived in. Her mood is exuberant, and her rambunctious laughter fills the cosy photo studio as creative director Windy Aulia walks her through the wardrobe for the shoot.
Once in front of the lens, though, her demeanour switches in a split second: cool, composed and charismatic. Here’s where Kim’s not-so-distant past experience as a jet-setting style influencer comes through.
She strikes different poses effortlessly, giving the photographer a range of shapes and expressions to work with. She nails the first shot in less than five minutes. As the crew gathers around the screen to review the pictures, the photographer comments that she looks very different from her previous magazine shoots. Perhaps it’s the new hair, he wonders out loud. “It’s the new me,” she replies excitedly.