Tao Okamoto

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Tao Okamoto
Born (1985-05-22) May 22, 1985 (age 30)
Chiba, Japan
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 1999; 2006–present
Website TAO-Official site
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Measurements (US) 33-23.5-34; (EU) 84-59.5-86.5
Dress size (US) 4; (EU) 34
Manager The Society Management (New York)
Elite Model Management (Paris)
Donna (Tokyo)
ICM Partners (New York, Los Angeles, London)
Traffic Models (Barcelona)

Tao Okamoto (岡本 多緒 Okamoto Tao?), known professionally as Tao (born May 22, 1985),[1][2] is a Japanese model[3] and actress, who was the face of Ralph Lauren.[4] In 2013, she made her film debut as the female lead, Mariko Yashida, in The Wolverine, opposite Hugh Jackman.[5]

Life and career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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 April 2014, Tao was cast in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Mercy Graves.[6]

In October of the same year, it was announced that Tao had joined the cast of Hannibal as Chiyoh, Hannibal Lecter's family servant.[7]

In January 2015, it was announced that Tao would be starring in the film Crossroads with Filipino actress/cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao.[8]

Modeling[edit]

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.[9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Actor
Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Wolverine Mariko Yashida
2014 Chi no Wadachi Toko Sakagami Mini-series on Japanese TV[11][12]
2015 Hannibal Chiyoh 4 episodes
2015 The Man in the High Castle Betty 1 episode
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Mercy Graves
2016 Crossroads TBA

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