Her father is half-Japanese and half- Spaniard , while her mother is Mexican,  and she later gained Mexican nationality. Her hobbies are making accessories and making friends, and her special skills are speaking English and Spanish and natural food and colour coordination. Born in Mexico, she was emigrated to Nara when she was two years old. In , she was selected as a first year student of the Okinawa Actors School Tokyo and received singing and dancing lessons for about a year.
For some, the struggle continues even after success - Nikkei Asian Review
Walking down the runway as one of the world's top models at Paris Fashion Week, appearing on TV shows and magazine covers, being lavished with attention from female fans -- success seemed to come easy for Ivan. But for her, life was built on a fragile foundation that could "crumble at any moment. Ivan recalls how she would walk confidently down the runway dressed in men's clothing, all the while feeling "more humiliated than if I had been naked. It was women's clothing that she felt she belonged in, but how would people react? There was only one way to find out. With support from family, friends and her talent agency, Ivan decided to come out on a TV show in when she was living publicly as a man.
He discovered a culture and cuisine that would shape the rest of his life. After graduating, Ivan immediately moved to Japan to teach English and he quickly cemented his love of everything Japanese. He returned to the US in and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America, and began his culinary training. He had still never given thought to combining his love for cooking and Japan, but that was soon to change. Ivan was anxious to start a food-related business in Japan but was unsure of which direction to take.
Ivan Orkin just happened to be the first to commit so fully. Tokyo is home to more than 10, ramen shops serving every combination of fatty broth and noodle imaginable. Even when he expanded his growing ramen empire halfway across the world to open a new Ivan Ramen in New York City last May, the refrain echoed loud as ever. In , when Ivan Orkin was 15, he took a job as a dishwasher at the local Japanese restaurant in his hometown. He harbored no strong affinity for sushi, tempura or ramen, but the gig paid five dollars an hour, which was enough to lure him into the kitchen.