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My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Zauner

My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Zauner

Writer and musician Michelle Zauner, also known as indie rock sensation Japanese Breakfast, is a force. Even over the phone in Brooklyn, her energy is palpable, and her new memoir, Crying in H Mart, is just as mesmerizing. (I devoured it in one weekend.) Here, she shares her favorite YouTube workouts, an endearing self-care ritual, and what it felt like to write such a deeply personal book…

My Beauty Uniform:  Michelle Zauner

So much of your beautiful memoir is about your relationship with your mother, who died from cancer when you were 25. I have to start by asking: What did your mom teach you about beauty?
Beauty is one thing in my life, similar to food, that always reminds me of her. She was very into beauty — she ate well and took great care of her clothes, her skin, her hair. My mom tried to instill a skincare regimen in me at a very young age, but I wanted nothing to do with that. As a burgeoning young feminist, my way of rebelling was to dismiss beauty. It felt like beauty practices stood in the way of being taken seriously. Now, the conversations around both beauty and feminism are more nuanced. It’s not only possible, but important, to have a balance.

My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Zauner

How did growing up between two cultures influence your approach to beauty?
I grew up in Eugene, Oregon and spent every other summer with family in Korea. Skincare is such a huge part of Korean culture, but despite my exposure to it, I didn’t have a skincare routine until recently! I’ve done photoshoots in both places, and it really illustrates how Korean and American beauty are so different. If you get your makeup done in Korea, 75% of what they do is skincare. Most of the time is spent putting layers of skincare products on, before applying subtle makeup. In the U.S., it’s more focused on actual makeup — color and highlighting and contouring. But recently, I’ve noticed a lot more Americans starting to borrow from the Korean way of doing things.

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Now that you have one, what’s your daily skincare routine?
I have very dry, sensitive skin. My friend Jason Kim, a writer and a Korean man with incredible skin, sent me to his dermatologist, Dr. Dan Belkin. Now I cleanse with Cetaphil, followed by SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum, followed by a moisturizer. The last, and most important, part of my daytime routine is MDSolarSciences Mineral Cream, which has SPF 50. I wear it all the time, even if I’m indoors near the window. I love it; I feel so sophisticated every time I put it on.

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How about at nighttime?
At night, I remove my makeup with BioDerma Micellar Water, then wash my face with Cetaphil. Next I use SkinBetter Science Alpharet Overnight Cream, which has retinoids in it, because my dermatologist said I should be using actives. My mom would be so stoked about that. My skin definitely feels better!

My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Zauner

Are there any body care rituals you’re into?
Before the pandemic, I would regularly go to a Korean spa, where a bath lady will scrub you down and remove all the dead skin from your body. There’s a place called Chung Dam Spa, in Cheltenham, outside Philly, that I used to frequent. Once it’s safe, I’ll go there and have my skin removed. It’s intense, but I grew up going to Korean spas, so I’m used to it. I love when they wash your hair — it’s like a holy experience.

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I’m in awe of your tattoos. What was your first one?
My first tattoo was a very bad stick and poke of a girl and a spoon, on the back of my leg. A friend gave it to me, and it was not a good experience — there may have been three safety pins sterilized with a Bic lighter, and it was very painful.

But you kept going! How many do you have now?
After I got my first real one, it was definitely easier. I have no idea how many I have, because my arm is one continuous thing. At least 10? Maybe 20. All of them have a story behind them. One favorite is the Kewpie Mayonnaise guy on my arm. I love him because my mom always used to make this scallop sashimi with mayonnaise and fish roe, and I think of her whenever I see him. Also, I just really love Kewpie Mayonnaise! I always have it at home.

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When you’re not performing, do you typically wear makeup?
When it comes to everyday makeup, my number one thing is doing my brows. I have Asian brows, where my hairs are very long, but spread apart, not dense. So, I always fill them in with Anastasia Brow Wiz in dark brown. It’s very precise, which I love. The second thing I always wear is mascara. Right now, it’s L’Oreal Miss Manga.

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How does your makeup change when you’re on stage?
For a show, I’m very into loud eyeshadow palettes. It’s a more is more situation. When I put eyeshadow on, I feel like I’ve done a lot, in a good way. I feel safe. I like this Urban Decay palette, and Pat McGrath palettes are also amazing. I look like a teenager at Hot Topic, but it’s all I know.

My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Zauner

Do you have any self-care rituals that help you feel your best?
Every morning, my husband and I make French press coffee — we like ReAnimator, out of Philly — then drink it in bed and have a slow rise. My other ritual is to take a shower and then lie in the nude, in bed, for 10 minutes. I feel like a little casserole; it’s such a comforting thing. I had a bad attitude about self care for a long time, until one day when I watched an episode of Queer Eye where Jonathan said that even brushing your teeth is self-care. That was a real moment for me — I finally got that you don’t have to run a full bath with a bath bomb to indulge yourself; it can be present in small things.

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I know you like to exercise. How do you incorporate movement into your life?
During the pandemic, fitness kept me grounded. I like the Chloe Ting program; Move with Nicole, which is Pilates; and MadFit, who I think looks so much like Anna Konkle’s character in Pen15 if she grew up and had a fitness show. Over the past year, I became obsessed with trying to get a six-pack, which did not happen. It’s so hard! But more than anything, working out improves my mental health.

My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Zauner

Your book is so beautiful. What was it like to write something so personal and heartbreaking and honest?
It was both excruciating and joyful. I wanted to start with what was good, to relive my childhood and recall all those special moments. I also felt a sense of urgency to share what I had endured, to bare all my wounds. I went into my mother’s cancer and death ill-prepared, and I felt a lot of anger that I wasn’t somehow warned. I felt a sense of importance around wanting to express that. There was a lot of crying at my computer, and taking breaks and coming back to it. It was a four-year process — I started casually writing in 2016, did the most concentrated writing from 2018 to 2020 and handed in the final revision in July 2020.

My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Zauner

What is your personal beauty philosophy?
Everyone should do whatever they want! That’s my philosophy. Also, even if it’s only three to five minutes a day, every time I use a nice product, or just take a moment for myself, I think of my mom.

My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Zauner

Thank you so much, Michelle.

P.S. More beauty uniforms, including a ballerina, a polar explorer, and a serious makeup enthusiast.

(Orange background and bed photos by Ana Cuba for The Fader. Flower market photo by Chad Kamenshine. Stage photo by Quasar Media. All other photos courtesy Michelle Zauner/Instagram.)

  1. Jacqueline says...

    Wow, I just looked up the Cetaphil ingredients and they are horrible. :(

    More importantly, though, I can’t wait to read your book!!!!

  2. Nigerian Girl says...

    I just finished reading your beautiful and incredibly moving book. Thank you for sharing your story.

  3. I don’t usually comment on blogs but as an avid reader of the blog AND a big big big big J Brekkie fan, I just had to. This made my day! I think I woke up all my neighbors from the fangirling I did!

  4. Jennifer says...

    I feel like I connect with you and your story so much already–I too am Korean-American. When I was 25, it was my dad who died (but not of cancer, quite the opposite–a sudden massive heart attack). I grew up in Cheltenham, outside of Philly. And now I live in Oregon… I can’t wait to read your book. All the best to you.

  5. Sarah says...

    Loved hearing from a musician and love J Brekkie!! XOXO

  6. Michelle, you have great style. Would love to see a week of outfits post from you! Thanks so much for sharing your beauty uniform

  7. Michelle Templeton says...

    I’m a college English comp teacher and I give my students the essay “Crying at H-Mart” every quarter. I can’t tell you the number of times students have emailed me to say how much they’ve loved reading it. Thank you, Michelle! And thanks, COJ, for featuring her.

    • Michelle says...

      sorry…”in” not “at” in the essay title

  8. Yulia says...

    I remember reading her “Crying in H Mart” piece in The New Yorker in August of 2018 and loving it so, so much that I printed it out. I still reread it periodically. I think I read it last month. Years ago when I first moved, I used to go to Eastern European grocery stores whenever I missed my family. I’d browse the aisles of pickled vegetables and tisanes and idly listen to the women chatting about nothing in particular in the way Russians and Ukrainians. It would feel like being in a room of aunts.

  9. Alexis says...

    I love Japanese Breakfast! And Japanese breakfasts! I can’t wait to read this book.

    A beauty question for those with unruly brows… I inherited my father’s eyebrows – they grow downwards and I trim them often, but they still need taming. Any tips? Let them grow and use brow gel? Part of the reason I have bangs is to hide them because I hate dealing them them so much but I also hate having hair on my face/in my eyes. Halp.

    • Anna says...

      I also love Japanese Breakfast and have unruly brows! In response to your question, I found the tips in this vid helpful (especially using clear bar soap instead of eyebrow gel!). Alexandra Anele is a treasure
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peyG0VAU_Ew

  10. janine says...

    I was also around the same age when I lost a parent to cancer – my dad was only in his 50s when he passed away. Loved this interview/beauty uniform with Michelle.

  11. Lauren says...

    I’m a huge fan of Japanese Breakfast and can’t wait for Crying in H Mart to be released in the UK. I’ve already preordered! Hope you get to come back and tour sometime soon <3 <3

  12. rachel simmons says...

    “I feel like a little casserole” GOOD LORD she is precious.

  13. L says...

    Philly girl here and one million percent bookmarking that spa for post pandemic – yes! I love Michelle from this post alone and cannot wait to read her book. She seems so genuine, which is incredibly refreshing.

    • Becky says...

      I was excited to see Cheltenham mentioned as well!

  14. I miss getting my skin scrubbed off at Korean spas so much. I can’t wait to do this again when it is safe. Really looking forward to reading this book!

  15. Alex Pearl says...

    Loved this interview – never heard of her but now bought her book and listening to her music!

  16. Claudine says...

    Japanese Breakfast is so excellent! Thank you for featuring Michelle.

  17. Cynthia says...

    I looked up the Kewpie mayonnaise. I’ve always loved Kewpie dolls, and I have a small collection. I even had a vintage Kewpie bride and groom as my wedding cake topper. Your skin is beautiful!

  18. Yoko says...

    Michelle, your book was featured in a Seattle Times article. Maybe it’s fate telling me I should read “Crying in H Mart.” I’m curious to know where the band name, Japanese Breakfast came from.

    • Michelle was the guest on NPR’s show/podcast Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me this past weekend and she chats about how the band name came about. It’s a really fun show if you’re into current news, nerdy comedy, and quiz games with great guests.

  19. Brettne says...

    LOVE THIS!!!! Michelle, you’re a special star. xoxox

  20. Amanda says...

    #parentinggoals
    How awesome would it be to have a child grow up to take care of themselves based on the example you set. I can’t wait to dive into this book and learn more about Michelle.

  21. Need more tattoo content on COJ!!!! <3

  22. Candice says...

    My sunscreen questions for the ages: How does the SPF last long enough that it’s worth putting on to be indoors most of the day? Sunscreen, even the good stuff, gives me blackheads and zits so I only wear it if I’m going to be in full sun for more than 10 minutes. And then there’s the fact that sunscreen has a sort of shelf life once it’s on your face/body, so how long is the SPF protection lasting?

    • Nicole says...

      Hi Candice! I don’t have an answer to the sunscreen longevity thing, but my skincare girl (who is a total acne whisperer) turned me on to Face Reality. She told me that even sunscreens that say “non-comedogenic” will still break you out and never to use them on your face. Since then, Face Reality is the only one I’ll use and I’ve never gotten acne from it.

      https://facerealityskincare.com/collections/all/products/daily-spf30-lotion

    • Silver says...

      Candice I am with you 100%. I live in Australia on the coast, so sunscreen should be an everyday/all of the time thing but my skin loathes it. I have tried every type, dared every price point but it makes no difference. Also it makes my eyes scream! Instead I wear a hat, a long sleeve rash vest and stay out of the sun as much as I can. But you know what – I did just press on the link to try yet one more sunscreen.

    • Megan says...

      Nicole, I’m with you! Face Reality 100%!

    • Catherine says...

      I use EltaMD SPF 46 UV Clear Sensitive Skin and apply it after my moisturizer each morning. I also wear makeup and my pressed powder by Jane Iredale has SPF in it. I don’t need to re-apply the sunscreen and wear it all day long. I’m also in Texas and have no issues with sun damage or burning. Sunscreen, in my opinion, is the most important skin product out there.

    • Daniela says...

      Mad Hippie is gentle on my acne prone skin! I have no issues with that one, very lightweight.

    • Sarah says...

      *coughs in Mediterranean.*

      I live in Greece and consider myself somewhat of an authority (by necessity) on sunscreen for sensitive skin. May I introduce you to Frezyderm sunscreen, which goes on matte, is made by company that first started making skincare for actual burn victims, and also comes in a tube that, for whatever reason, could double as a dildo in a pinch (a friend pointed that last fact out to me and I can’t unsee it, sorry!). It’s one of the most popular sunscreens here in Greece: https://www.frezyderm.com/sun-care/face-sunscreens/sun-screen-velvet-face-spf-50/?UserAction=True

      If you have REALLY sensitive skin, you can also go the all-natural direction. Plants have natural SPF in them. I love this brand (she ships to the US, but you could also make your own if you are feeling crafty!): https://dimitragoula.gr/en/product/natural-face-sunscreen-with-spf-30-60ml/

    • AN says...

      lol @ Sarah – i actually laughed out loud at *coughs in mediterranean*

    • Becky says...

      I use pa roche lossy. They are at ulta target and cvs. I only use the mineral because the traditional version irritates my skin. I easily breakout. I wash my face with bioderma micellar water then rinse again. Wash with Ceravae . It’s my version of a double cleanse and it seems to work well for my sensitive skin.

    • jane says...

      thank you for all these referrals – just about to shop for facial sunscreen, which I dread annually due to losing $50 chunks of money on duds. I always try to go chemical free because I don’t want cancer but facial sunscreen is one of the places it is really difficult to get wearable coverage that doesn’t instantly dry out my face or turn it into an oil slick. Will try these rec’s out!

      PS: I look forward to reading this book!

    • Gretchen says...

      This is a fun thread! Choosing a facial sunscreen was one of my winter pandemic activities/ goals :) It’s something that I hadn’t spent the time to research before, but knew was important.

      I ended up choosing CoTz sensitive SPF Broad spectrum mineral sunscreen & I really like it! I have very rash-prone skin & this sunscreen hasn’t irritated my skin at all. I put it on after my moisturizer, and It isn’t drying at all. I like how it makes my face a little dewy.
      https://cotzskincare.com/collections/face-body-sunscreens/products/cotz-sensitive-spf-40

    • Isabella says...

      I use mineral sunscreen everywhere but my face, and the best I’ve found for my face is Supergoop’s City Serum sunscreen. Goes on invisible, zero grease factor, no breakouts or weird whitish cast, works like a champ for this sweaty, sooty, outdoor-working, sensitive-skinned woman. It’s important to reapply any sunscreen after a few hours in the sun, though, as its effectiveness breaks down under the onslaught of solar radiation!

  23. Heather says...

    Tangent: Has anyone else seen the adorableness that is Waffles and Mochi? I was watching with my kids the other night and the scene where Tan from Queer Eye tells the potato he’s beautiful just as he was so (chef’s kiss) delightful to me.

    • Maryn says...

      YES, I LOVE IT SO MUCH

    • Mindy says...

      My daughter is obsessed with Waffles and Mochi, especially the potato episode. I love that scene but also when Mochi falls in love with the potato. I know, I know, the show is for kids but it’s so darn cute.

      I love this Beauty Uniform and I love Japanese Breakfast. Thanks, CoJ!

  24. So much love and reflection in this beauty uniform! Thank you for introducing those of us who hadn’t known Michelle before to her. Looking forward to reading ‘Crying in H mart’ (such fabulous, evocative title!)

  25. Alex says...

    I’ve gotten in to a horrible habit during the pandemic of not showering every day (or even every other day sometimes) – too busy, too tired, too much languishing…. THANK YOU for reminding me that I can take care of myself more and that it can be as simple as brushing my teeth or taking a shower. Jesus. What a year.

    • Kate says...

      I’ve had such a weird relationships with showering throughout the pandemic. I sometimes forget that I can shower every day if I want or need to – I’ll get into anxious thought loops where I think “I showered yesterday, has it been 24 hours? it’s not good for my skin, it’s bad for my hair, it’s a waste of water…” I remember the first time I went grocery shopping last March – when I got home I got in the shower and stood under the hot water for 10 minutes just crying. Now showering has become my reset button – whenever I can’t figure out what to do next, or I’m feeling stressed out, I take a shower. I feel like it resets my nervous system and gets my body all one temperature and it helps me figure out what to do next!

    • LB says...

      I bought bottle of eucalyptus oil at the start of the pandemic when anxiety was high. I add a few drops and it gets into the steam when I just need to breath and relax, instead of rushing through the shower to the next thing. It’s a small but lovely self care thing.

    • Le says...

      I have a three year old and an eleven month old and I stay at home/work at home with them. I realized today (Wednesday) I hadn’t showered since Saturday. My husband and I were talking about where we mentally go when we need a break–meaning places we visualize–and I realized: THE actual SHOWER!!!

  26. GF says...

    YASSS JAPANESE BREAKFAST. Loved this so much

    Also can anyone recommend a really good daily not greasy sun screen that doesn’t cost $30 a tube? Any good drug store brands people can vouch for? I wanna treat my skin better but I’m also not rolling in dough

    • Try out Sun Bum! They’re at half the price with a great texture (easy to put makeup on top if that’s what you want) and it doesn’t look greasy on my face.

    • Emily says...

      The Cerave one! They have a daily 30 SPF one that’s great.

    • Laura says...

      I second CeraVe and also Neutrogena- and I’ve heard the Glossier spf is good. Personally I don’t mind splurging on sunscreen if it’s doing double duty with some light coverage (ie the Ilia skin tint or Drunk Elephant Umbra tint) or other effect that makes my skin looks awesome (like glowscreen from supergoop). That way I don’t have to apply separate moisturizer, SPF, and makeup.

    • Laura says...

      Just to add to the recommendations, ThinkSport Everyday face is another good option!

    • Kelly says...

      I’ve used Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch daily for years and years (including while living in Texas, California, and Hawaii, so lots of sun time!) – it dries matte and not tacky at all, and makeup layers fine over it.

  27. Jen says...

    I love this beauty uniform post. Thank you to Michelle for sharing so honestly and intimately; yet in a completely approachable manner. Can’t wait to read your book which arrives in my mailbox this week :)

  28. April says...

    Can’t wait to pick up her book. Thanks for introducing Michelle to us.

  29. Becky says...

    Beauty uniforms are my fav!! Learning about a new person and a beauty uniform= the best cup of jo combo! happy birthday to me😀😀😀

  30. K says...

    Yes! I still don’t know how to express why? But cleaning yourself is the ultimate act of self-care. Cosmetically beautifying is another subject, but to be able to cleanse your skin, your body, your space, is to think clearer, be healthier, and a sign of dignity. I think that’s why cleansing rituals are incorporated into so many religions, such as Islam and Judaism, and even the concept of baptisms.

    • Lynea says...

      This really helps me think about self care. So much of “self care” for women has always seemed to me like an intense focus on outward appearance. But Michelle’s comment about brushing teeth and yours here help me rethink it, thank you for your perspective.

    • Heather says...

      YES. Audre Lorde described self-care as an act of protest and rebellion against the patriarchy. I think about that frequently when I go for runs, my “why” now including staying in fighting shape as long as possible.

    • AN says...

      i could not agree more. we now have a good handle on this whole “work from home with 2 small kids” thing, but in the beginning of the pandemic, my ultimate self-care was washing my face and slowly applying my serums and oils to my face and my body. it was a 5 minute thing, but it made me feel like i just did something great for myself.

  31. Melissa says...

    I recently attended a panel discussion (put on for and attended by librarians) where Zauner was speaking about her memoir and her writing process; it’s fascinating to see her featured here from a different perspective… can’t wait to experience more of her in her book!

  32. Meghan says...

    I love her post-shower little casserole. I’ve done it since I was little! It’s so cozy, warm and comforting. I call it my nakie cuddle. ha!

    • Meghan says...

      Yes! I call it a shower nap and I’ve never met anyone else who does this. It’s the BEST the morning after a late night.

    • Midge says...

      It is the best! I don’t do this nearly often enough, it’s always so calming.

    • Beverly says...

      Haha!! Yes!! I am delighted to scroll through the comments and discover that there are others who also practice the shower ritual of lying in bed naked afterwards. I refer to it as “air drying” and I totally love “nakie cuddle,” “shower nap,” and “little casserole” :D

    • Angela says...

      My husband calls it “towel time.” I like to have my hair wrapped up in a towel and lay in bed after a shower or bath too! When we were dating he’d always make sure to allot time for me to have my “towel time” when getting ready to go out somewhere! Now that we are parents, I don’t have much lounging time, but I love that he enjoyed my idiosyncrasies. I love these other words for it!

    • florence says...

      Same, so relaxing! Though I haven’t done it in ages since I have two young kids… they have a sixth sense whenever I’m lying down and immediately climb all over me.

      Loved Michelle’s excerpt in The New Yorker, can’t wait to read the book!

  33. Lori says...

    I was also unfamiliar with this artist and appreciate the introduction. As a fellow consumer of YouTube workouts, I’m also laughing at her note of the similarity between Anna Konkle’s character and the MadFit instructor – spot on!

  34. Lynne says...

    Wow, Michelle Zauner! What a surprise to open up Cupofjo today and see this post. Never heard of this cool person until this week from NPR and Vogue. Then found myself searching for her music. So happy now to catch up on her style, music, and perspectives on life and food. Looking forward to reading her book. (For more Michelle—NPR Good Food podcast https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444884/k-c-r-w-s-good-foodand in Vogue https://www.vogue.com/article/michelle-zauner-crying-in-h-mart-the-joy-of-korean-cooking)

  35. shannon says...

    We live in Logan (North Philly) ten minutes away from the Cheltenham H Mart! We just went to the food court in the complex there on Sunday! Definitely checking out the Korean bath, and I put Michelle’s book on hold at the library.

  36. Cat says...

    “I had a bad attitude about self care for a long time, until one day when I watched an episode of Queer Eye where Jonathan said that even brushing your teeth is self-care. ” Oh man, as someone who currently has a bad attitude to self care this just hit me. Brushing my teeth IS self care. And I should do it more often.

    Loved this post, away to look up Japanese Breakfast on Spotify – thank you for the introduction!

  37. jdp says...

    that bottom pic of michelle and her mom is just gorgeous. twins!

  38. celeste says...

    Love the nail polish in last pic. And will check out Moves with Nicole.

    • Samantha says...

      Oh, oh – I know this! I’m pretty sure the nail polish is Essie Geranium … Caroline mentioned it as a favourite in her Beauty Update, and I’ve been keeping my eye out for it here in Canada ever since (with no luck).

  39. Court says...

    Oh my gosh! My Nana used to climb into bed naked after her shower and lay down too! She said it was to “rest her pores” before she got dressed for the day. She lived to be 99, so she was doing something right.

  40. b says...

    This was a delight to read. I immediately went and ordered her book, and cued up Japanese Breakfast on Spotify. I didn’t realize there was a connection so that was fun!

  41. Jess says...

    Wow- this morning on the way to work, I thought, hmm, I’ll listen to something I haven’t heard in awhile, ooh, I know, Japanese Breakfast! What a funny & nice coincidence to see Michelle Zauner here this morning. Can’t wait to read her book!

  42. em says...

    “I feel like a little casserole” <3

  43. MRM says...

    YAY for this feature!!! You’re right – Michelle is a force! A brilliant musician/writer/human. I’ve loved her music for a very long time and so excited to read her book.

    • MRM says...

      Also, to follow up – when it’s safe to see shows again, I *highly* recommend seeing Japanese Breakfast. Pure fun times.

  44. Denise says...

    Michelle is luminous but what I think is most beautiful about her is how confident and direct she is in interviews. All the interviews I’ve seen of her she just tells things as they are and lets them sit there, as easy as placing an orange on a table. Here. An orange. That’s confidence in my opinion and I can’t get enough of it. Can’t wait to read her memoir & also Shout Out from Oregon!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love this comment!!!

    • kiki says...

      Thank you! This totally makes me want to go watch an interview of her straight away.

    • Sarah says...

      Agreed! Shout out from Oregon (grew up in Springfield, now in PDX).

      Michelle: your mother’s beauty and presence lives on through you.

  45. Julie says...

    I loved reading about Michelle’s beauty uniform! Thank you for sharing your perspective, Michelle!

  46. Lorraine says...

    I love this! Thanks for featuring Michelle, she’s an inspiring person and musician.

  47. Taylor says...

    My husband and I met at a Japanese Breakfast concert at the Black Cat in DC! At our wedding we played “Everyone Wants to Love You” when we were reannounced as husband and wife. We are so excited to read her book!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so awesome!

    • Amanda H says...

      That is amazing!! I also met my husband at a show. Love it.

      I am SO excited to read Crying in H Mart! Cup of Jo book club pick??

      xx

    • Amanda says...

      I’ve got good memories of shows at the Black Cat. <3

  48. Tiffany says...

    WOW! so excited to have seen a piece on michelle! Saw her perform in 2018 in brooklyn and it was one of the best i’ve seen. I was going through a particularly difficult time in my life but that show was a moment of peace for me – always think about that time

  49. Nancy says...

    Wow, thank you for introducing me to this writer and musician! Both she and her mother are beautiful. And while I love her beauty philosophy of everyone should do what I want, I also appreciate her sharing how her thinking on self-care has evolved. Now, a few decades late to the party, this 50-something is off to explore Korean skincare …

    • Nancy says...

      Oops. I meant … I love her beauty philosophy of everyone should do what *they* want ….

  50. I already love her. Thanks for the introduction!

  51. Martha Tsutsui says...

    I loved this beauty uniform! As a biracial Asian woman myself, it makes me so happy to see people like me represented. I will definitely be pre-ordering Michelle’s book!

  52. Suzie says...

    I knew nothing about Michelle, and now I want to read her book and listen to her music. Thank you for posting.

    • Alison says...

      Exactly! Me too!

  53. Rose says...

    Hi from Eugene, Oregon! What a small world!!

    Also, what a cool profile. Can’t wait to read this book.

  54. Jen says...

    I LOVED this. I love Japanese Breakfast so this was a treat. I just purchased the book. Like this was a vibe. I could relate and that’s speaks volumes.

  55. A says...

    I’ve never commented before but am now to say THANK YOU for featuring Michelle. I’m so glad she’s getting the love and recognition she deserves for her music and her book, and it’s so nice to see her featured here!