On February 22nd, AKB48 member Sashihara Rino attended a press conference for the fashion brand, ‘Samantha Thavasa‘, as their latest Muse.

Sashihara appeared at the event wearing a pastel-colored blouse and a white mini-skirt. She shared that she was taken by surprise to receive the same title as Beyonce and fellow member Itano Tomomi, who are also Muses for the brand.  ”I had my doubts whether it was real or not,” she said.

Sashihara will be featured on the front cover of the February 28th issue of fashion magazine, “JJ“. When the editors praised, “There is nothing like this in the world,” Sashihara shyly responded, “I gave the biggest proud face of the century.

Additionally, Sashihara has collaborated with “JJ” for a new brand called “Honey Sassy“. 345 original purses in three different colors will be available for purchase on the Internet starting March 4th at 5:00 p.m.

While holding the purse, Sashihara cheekily expressed, “Why is it so cute? It’s because I wasn’t involved in the designs.

It was also announced that Sashihara’s debut song, “Soredemo Sukidayo“, will be released on May 2nd.

Check out photos from the press conference below!