Posted 01/29/10

Kojii Helnwein: Dublin, Ireland Ashley M. Wells

Dublin is the birthplace of Irish beauty Kojii Helnwein, who appeared on the hit TV series “Project Runway 6”, and its companion show “Models of the Runway.” Based in Los Angeles, Kojii got her first “walking” lesson (from an enthusiastic homeless transvestite in Whicata, Kansas), and has gone on to walk the runways of Prada, John Rocho, Jimmy Choo, and “Project Runway 3” winner, Jeffrey Sebelia. Her unique beauty has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Vogue, while also appearing in campaigns for Ed Hardy, Gap, and Target. Modeling is just a day job for Kojii, who not only walks but also rocks, as lead singer of her eponymous “punked-up quartet”. “Kojii”, the band, is known for its hardcore sound and burlesque-style performances, and Kojii’s musical swagger has earned her comparisons to Blondie. When not on the catwalk or the stage, Kojii spends time with her husband, fine-art photographer Cyril Helnwein, and their daughter, Croi, at Helnwein Castle in Tipperary, Ireland.

Please visit Kojii Helnwein’s Official Blog for more!

The Concierge Questionnaire: Kojii Helnwein,  Model, Actress and Singer

What is your favorite word to describe Dublin? Buzzing.

What word best reflects the people of Dublin? Friendly.

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Dublin? Grogans Pub or The Metro Café.

Grogans Pub: 15 South William Street
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-11:30pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-12:30am and Sunday 12:30pm-11pm

The Metro Café: 43 South William Street
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-8pm and Sunday 8am-8pm

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Dublin? Feeding the ducks and playing my guitar with friends in St. Stephen's Green.

Located in the heart of Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green is Ireland's best known Victorian public park. Landscaped with flowerbeds, trees, a fountain and a lake, The Green is dotted with memorials to eminent Dubliners and features free daytime concerts in the summertime.

What is your favorite indoor activity in Dublin? Seeing a great local band play in any of Dublin's venues especially Whelan's.

Whelan’s: 25 Wexford Street
Please visit Whelan’s for the latest lineup and more!

What is your favorite sound or noise in Dublin? The bells ringing from Christ Church or Saint Patrick’s Cathedrals.

Christ Church Cathedral:
Christ Church Place and Winetavern Street
Please visit Christ Church Cathedral for visitor information and cathedral history.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral:
Patrick Street and Upper Kevin Street
Please visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for visitor information and cathedral history.

What is your favorite smell or taste in Dublin? The scent of Guinness hops while eating breakfast on my balcony will always stay with me.

What drink best reflects Dublin? Guinness of course!

Guinness has been brewed in Ireland since 1759. Now 10 million glasses of GUINNESS are enjoyed daily around the world.

Tourists can visit the Guinness Storehouse to discover how Guinness combines water, barley, hops and yeast to make the perfect pint.

Guinness Storehouse: St James's Gate
Hours: Daily, 9:30am–5pm and July-August until 7pm

What song or type of music best reflects Dublin? Paddy Kelly - Songs of Ireland"Dublin Saunter" springs to mind.

If Heaven were Dublin, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? "Gerr oudda dat garden".

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