Born and raised in multi-cultural Camden Town, London, Naoko’s heritage is a combination of her Japanese mother and Italian father. Naoko studied fine art and design & technology at university before attending The London College of Fashion to study specialist make-up.
Naoko Scintu landed into the industry as a freelance make-up artist contributing for Chinese Vogue with photographer Kai Z Feng. Following her studies, Naoko went on to assist the likes of Alex Box, Val Garland and Miranda Joyce; travelling to work on shows across the globe in New York, Rio, Paris & Milan as well as London.
Over the years, Naoko has established an impressive portfolio with an array of international titles, clients and photographers. Her editorial includes I-D, Interview, Elle and V Magazine with advertising clients such as Mulberry, Balmain and Calvin Klein, alongside working with celebrities and super models such as Karlie Kloss,
Naoko continues to work globally, represented by the agency 'The Wall Group', and has already acquired an impressive collection of magazine covers.
We interviewed Naoko in the next of our International Women’s Day series…
What is your idea of happiness?
Contentment in all aspects of one's life, to enjoy what you do day to day and to be challenged.
When and where were you happiest?
What comes to mind is when I was a teenager and training in Artistic Gymnastics for Camden gymnastics club. The challenge of the sport, the incredible feeling when you first master a back flip and 'tumble' and the over whelming feeling of happiness, it felt like flying. Very happy times.
What is the trait you most dislike in yourself?
I worry too much about the small things.
What is the trait you most dislike in others?
Bad manners and 'passive aggressiveness'.
Which words or phrases do you overuse?
'Basically' and 'do you know what I mean'.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
... to have an incredible memory.
What do you most value in your friends?
Humour and honesty.
How would you like to die?
In my sleep.
What is your motto?
Treat others how you would like to be treated.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
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