Yumi Nu is making waves in more ways than one. The SI Swimsuit rookie is not only currently gracing the cover of Vogue’s September issue, she has also just released a new single, “Bouquets.” The fashion and music industries continue to provide Nu with platforms to express herself and empower others simultaneously.
“Bouquets” is a love song set to the dreamiest melody. Tuneful and original, the main chorus “Tell me that it’s better with me. Yeah yeah. This is different from what you see. Yeah yeah.” hooked us from the minute we heard it. The 25-year-old singer’s rich and expressive vocals did exactly what she intended, transporting us elsewhere. More than just a melodic tune, Nu’s emotions radiate from “Bouquets”.
Nu began taking singing lessons at the age of 12 and was writing songs at 15. She released her debut track in 2017 for Dim Mak, the label founded by her uncle, Steve Aoki. Today, her musical style has evolved away from its pop and EDM roots and grown into a more alternative-R&B genre. This is demonstrated in “Pots and Pans,” a single released in July. Nu shared that this song was written from the perspective of someone who “just got out of a breakup and had to rebuild themselves from scratch.” This embodies the vulnerability and honesty Nu radiates.
Nu has a hunger to make a difference for others. As a curve model of Japanese and Dutch descent, breaking into the entertainment sphere hasn’t been easy for Nu. She recognizes the influence she holds and understands that the power to promote change is in her hands. She expresses this with complete transparency through her music.
You can find Nu’s discography, which includes “Ghosted,” “Camouflage,” “Pots and Pans,” “Find You,'' and “Bouquets” on streaming platforms Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music and Pandora.