|Native name||岡本 多緒|
May 22, 1985 |
|Years active||1999; 2006–present|
|Spouse(s)||Tenzin Wild (m. 2015)|
|Height||5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)|
|Manager||The Society Management (New York)
Elite Model Management (Paris)
ICM Partners (New York, Los Angeles, London)
Tao Okamoto (岡本 多緒 Okamoto Tao?, born May 22, 1985), known professionally as Tao, is a Japanese actress and model. In 2009, she was one of the faces of Ralph Lauren. In 2013, she made her film debut as the female lead, Mariko Yashida, in The Wolverine, opposite Hugh Jackman. Tao played Mercy Graves in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Early life and career
Tao was born in Chiba, Japan. She started modeling as a teenager in Japan, when she was 14 years old. In 2006, she made a decision to move to Paris and develop her career on an international level. Soon after that, Tao made her debut on the European runways, breaking barriers as one of the very few prominent East Asian models of that era. Through her long catwalk career, she has walked for numerous top brands, including Alexander Wang, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Ralph Lauren, and Yves Saint Laurent.
In 2009, Tao moved to New York City and made waves in the industry by donning a unique bowl haircut. It became an inspirational look and even prompted designer Phillip Lim to model the hairstyle of his entire Fall/Winter 2009 show's cast after Tao's cut.
Tao has been involved with various advertising and editorial projects. She has fronted campaigns such as Dolce & Gabbana with Mario Testino, Emporio Armani by Alasdair McLellan, Kenzo with Mario Sorrenti, and Tommy Hilfiger with Craig McDean. Editorially, she has shot for i-D Magazine, V Magazine, W Magazine, and various international editions of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.
The November 2009 issue of Vogue Nippon (Japanese Vogue) is dedicated to Tao, with her featured exclusively inside as well as on the cover – the first Japanese model to do so in nearly a decade. Tao is widely recognized as one of the top models to ever come from Japan, having won honors such as "Model of the Year" from the Japan Fashion Editor's Club and being dubbed as one of Vogue Nippon's "Women of the Year" in 2010.
In 2013, Tao made her film debut as the female lead, Mariko Yashida, opposite Hugh Jackman, in 20th Century Fox's The Wolverine, also known in some parts of Asia as Wolverine: Samurai. In October 2014, it was announced that Tao had joined the cast of Hannibal as Chiyoh, Hannibal Lecter's family servant.
In January 2015, it was announced that Tao would be starring in the film Crossroads with Filipino actress/cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao. In 2015, Tao starred in The Man in the High Castle. Tao played Mercy Graves in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Okamoto has modeled for Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Burberry Prorsum, Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Donna Karan, Emanuel Ungaro, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Maison Martin Margiela, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Moschino, Paul Smith, Phillip Lim, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tommy Hilfiger, Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent and more.
In 2015, Okamoto had married Tenzin Wild, the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Last Magazine. They had their wedding party in May 2016.
|2013||The Wolverine||Mariko Yashida|
|2014||Chi no Wadachi||Toko Sakagami||Mini-series on Japanese TV|
|2015||The Man in the High Castle||Betty||4 episodes|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Mercy Graves|
- Tao Okamoto's likeness was used to portray her character Mercy Graves in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tie-in prequel comics, released by Dr. Pepper on February 3, 2016.
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