I am waiting for Estelle at the train station from this city, located in the North of Paris. She comes to me a few minutes later, leather jacket, curly hair, a huge smile. She takes me to a park, not far from the train station, a sunny and calm place.
I’ve met her on the social networks, under the nickname Zoovie Kazuyoshi. “It’s simple, Zoovie is a nickname a friend of mine gave me one day, saying that it fits well, so I kept it. And about Kazuyoshi, one day, I looked for some Japanese last names, I found that one and kept it as well, as it sounded good!”
Estelle’s biggest passion is Japan. “I started watching mangas when I was in primary school, I used to watch what was on television. I started getting interested in the japan culture around 13 because I had a bunch of friends who were in the “japan kawaii” style, but it is more around 17 that I got REALLY interested in this culture, mangas, … I’ve never been to Japan, but it is one of my dreams.“ Her favorite mangas? "I’d say Nana and Tokyo Ghoul. Nana is truly a manga that touched me, I love the story, the characters, the mood. Everything is captivating.”
We can even find this passion on her tattoos, that she collects on her skin. “My last tattoo is the one you can see on my forehead, "Deter”. I recently met someone, and we both wanted to get tattooed the other’s name. On a whim, she got tattooed “Zoovie”, and I was telling myself that it was the right moment to get my face tattooed, I had this idea in my head for a while.“ The tattoo that impacted me the most on her is the one with two eyes (in a manga way) that she has on her forearm. When I ask her which one impacted her the most, she replies that there are two of them. "The first one is a really important tattoo to me because my mom drew it. The second one is a Japanese tattoo that I have on my neck, which means Jesus Christ. I converted to Christianity a few years ago, so this one truly means a lot to me.”
Estelle other’s passion is photography. “I’d rather be behind the lens, but it doesn’t bother me to be in front of it. Actually, I like the picture, I want to make people feel emotions through a picture. Creating a beautiful one is something I love. I would like to do photography more and more, and, why not, make it my job later.” Estelle dropped out of school kinda early, when she was 16. “I had like a school phobia, I wasn’t feeling good, I felt like school wasn’t for me. Today, I regret a bit, because it is hard to work when you do not have diplomas. This problem is due to the system, which make it almost impossible to find a job without doing studies or having certificates. So I do regret it a bit, but, well, there’s always a way to get out of this.”
About music, Estelle went through different things : "I listen to a bit of everything. Let’s say I had a rock period, and then a big rap period… Nowadays, I listen to a bit of everything. These days, I listen a lot to XXXTentacion, as well as k-rap, jazz and some depressing songs.”
A real girl is an authentic girl, a girl who stands out, a girl who does not pretend.