Nora Vai

Dreamer, Poser, Player

My Inspiration Girl

My favorite looks from the shows. Don’t know why, but even in fall winter season I’m drawn to light and color palette. Yes, black is very refined and so easy, it is hard to get it wrong. But there’s something so attractive about taking risks and not being afraid to get it wrong.












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I have a great friend Lingzi Zhang, who never owned a basic t-shirt. She said ‘What’s the point, if you can get it from any of your boyfriends’. She came to visit me in Milan once and we went to Sonar in Barcelona together. She showed up in yellow jumpsuit and heels straight from the airport. All the stuff in her suitcase was either color or print. We lived in Hong Kong together, went out every night and loved dressing up. But not like me, she never though too much about creating an outfit and didn’t take long to leave home. She doesn’t care what others think of her, but yet I think she’s the most stylish girl I know. I always picture her before buying those crazy ‘very unsafe’ shoes.

Miss you, Lingzi and can’t wait for you to visit me in New York! xx

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Behind those fairytale scenes for Paper magazine

A month ago, in freezing winter I get news that I’m flying to LA to shoot for Paper magazine (poor me). Was flying from New York with 2 massive suitcases full of clothes, given by the magazine. Had a pair of shoes in my hands throughout the flight, as they didn’t fit in with the rest. Shoes made it safe to LA. The team picked me up at the airport and we drove 4 hours to the shoot location. Luckily it was the most fun group of people I could possibly spend all this time with. We got there at night and had dinner at a dodgy seafood place. I ordered chicken fried stake (trying to avoid dodgy fish) for the first time. Was surprised why it doesn’t taste like chicken until the guys told me what it is. Wine helped to recover from disappointment.

We started early before the sunrise next day. I got to try all of the amazing outfits from the suitcases, which was a bit too much excitement for me so early. Got inspired to be that girl, wearing a full matching colorful outfit with an eccentric hat. We drove a little more to location, Salvation Mountain. It’s massive art installation in a dessert, created by someone having so much love to give. We were wondering what people produce out there to make everyone so happy. Surprisingly families were actually living in the desert ,in their little tents, without any needs for grocery shop with kale, not even talking about instagram. The place was so surreal I wasn’t sure if it’s really happening. To make it even better suddenly this massive great dane comes out of nowhere. He doesn’t mind to pose with me at all until we manage to push him out of the shot. I couldn’t wait to post my BTS pictures after the shoot. Very happy the story is finally out and I can share them. Big thank you to David (in the last image) for taking all of those behind the scenes for me until my phone dies.

Published story is in Paper magazine, taken by the most talented photographers duo, called Juco. Love their work! Styling by Shirley Kurata, hair and make up by David Tolls. Thank you my agency Muse for making it happen. Anytime please. xx


















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Feeling sexy

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I was shooting at the Gramercy park hotel with Kat today. She somehow managed to get an amazing suite (apparently worth $5000 per night). Beautiful space, especially in a cold day like today, overlooking all snowed up Gramercy park. Very New York and somehow very sexy. We’ve decided it would be so easy for a guy to get a girl in bed there. I felt like taking my clothes off even with no man around.

Pictures by Katerina Irlin

A day in shirts


Photos by Jacob Sadrak and Carrol Cruz

Styling Kate Carnegie

Hair Anja Grassegger

Makeup Tomohiro Muramatsu