Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture or administrative division of Japan and encompasses roughly 1000 kilometers of the Ryuku Islands. Okinawa is culturally distinctive of Mainland Japan and very much reflects its regional influences of the Chinese, Thai, and Austonesian peoples. It is a unique place to be sure and that’s even before any mention of the ongoing and deeply unpopular U.S. military presence. The February 2020 issue of Vogue Japan ventures out of Harajuku for a story set in, that’s right, Okinawa starring Shuping Li. Photographed by Vito Fernicola and styled by Saori Masuda, the story is refreshing on a number of levels, not least of which have to do with Shuping herself. In September we caught a glimpse of Shuping on the runway for Dior in Paris and today it is in the pages of Vogue Japan, if anything appetites have been whet for more.

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Credits include: Publication, Vogue Japan February 2020; Title, “An Okinawa of the Heart”; Photography, Vito Fernicola; Styling, Saori Masuda; Hair, Takayuki Nukui; Makeup and manicure, Kotomi; Casting, Bobbie Tanabe at Hype Casting.

Shuping Li | Vogue Japan February 2020 (Photography: Vito Fernicola)

Shuping Li | Vogue Japan February 2020 (Photography: Vito Fernicola)