We asked cool girl Yan Yan Chan for her advice to young creatives

Also, the one item she can’t live without.

Yan Yan Chan is a name you’ve probably heard a lot of recently. And if you haven’t, it’s high time you crawled out from that rock you’ve been hiding under. 

The content creator and all-round cool girl is a bit of an internet sensation. We’re talking 100k insta followers and an online reach that would make Essena O’Neill jealous.

She’s collaborated with Calvin Klein, Vogue Australia, Nobody Denim, Bec & Bridge, ASOS, Glue Store and a whole lotta other household names.

She’s also only just hit her twenties. Something tells us this is only the beginning.

We had a chance to sit down with the young prodigy and talk about her recent work with Calvin Klein and what she gets up to her in downtime.

First things first, your shoot with CK rules. What are your thoughts on the brand and where it’s headed?

CK is youth, diversity, relevance and a brand that is, and has always been, timeless. 

What was your favourite piece from the collection?

The black hoodie, it’s the jumper of my day laze dreams.

I ____ in my Calvins?

I create in my Calvins.

No surprises there! What’s the best part about creating as a freelancer?

I’m my own boss, and I love what I do.

How about the worst? 

I spend a lot of time working alone, so sometimes it can get a little lonely! Daytime friends are important. 

When you’re not working, what do you like to do?

Switch off and relax. In bed on a rainy day watching movies, out in the sun painting, doodling drawings, a bottle of riesling, always with friends. 

What’s the one item you can’t live without?

Tubereuse 40 by Le Labo, I love smelling good.

You’re stuck on a deserted island and get to bring one person, who do you take?

Nathan. He’s my partner in crime and the funniest person I know. Endless laughter and fun. 

Last app you downloaded?

I don’t remember… I have a minimal amount of apps on my phone. Screen clutter freaks me out. 

What’s your favourite:

Food…  Japanese
Colour… Red
Place to shop… New York
Place to eat… My grandmother’s
Place to drink… Our date night spot, Riley St Garage
Activity… Taking photos
Placed to relax… By the sea.

Any tips for young creatives starting out?

It’s important to know what you want! Sometimes it’s tricky trying to know who exactly you are. We’re so young, we’re constantly changing and growing as people, and our ideas are constantly changing. But I think it’s important to know who you are right now in the present time; what you want; what you stand for; what you like and don’t like. And staying loyal to yourself, your creations and your thoughts. Always reflect, stay open minded, enjoy what you do, be courageous and never get too comfortable. Feeling scared is a good thing. So is criticism. 

What’s next for you?

So many fun things!


Lazy Loading