How did you start modeling?
While I was feeling pressured to find a college major for myself, I was scouted by Elbert Ivory Model Management for a face to face interview and casting call. I was given a contract that very night with a phone call from Elbert himself. I had only turned 18 and I was still trying to figure out my goals in life so I turned down the contract. I’m still modeling because I want to do everything my 18-year-old self-didn’t have the confidence to do. I do regret declining the contract, but I believe that when you close one door another one will open.
Tell us what are you into besides modeling?
I love singing. I practice almost every day and try to push my voice further so I can surpass my vocal range. Not that I want to be a singer, but I love singing, it’s a beautiful hobby. I’m also into flaming hot Cheetos, cats, cereal, Korean drama, and cranberry juice. In that order.
Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite visual artist is Dale Chihuly. I used to do a lot of sculpture and ceramic arts when I was in high school. I was even offered to take AP courses for my sophomore year. But like singing, it was just a hobby I liked. Dale Chihuly inspired every single piece of imagination I cranked out. Now that I live in Atlanta, I can visit his art whenever I want to at the Botanical Gardens. I never thought I would be able to live near such fine art.
My musical artist changes almost every week. I’m a lot more passionate about singing than I am about sculptural art. So I keep a very open mind when it comes to new music and artists. I’m currently listening to “Rockets” by Ella Henderson and “Tears” by Clean Bandit and Louisa Johnson on repeat.
What/Who Inspired you to pursue Modeling?
My siblings. They live in a world where being different is both “looked down on” and “praised for.” My younger brother isn’t there smartest but he is praised for doing his best. My younger sister is the smartest but she’s gay, and she hasn’t told anyone else except my brother and me for fear of being looked down on or, even, shunned, by my parents. I cut my hair short for them. To show them that you don’t have to be what you were told to be. I don’t have to be a feminine woman to be a meaningful model. And I don’t have to live up to anyone’s standards. And neither should they. They are also whom I try to give most of my free time to. I’m 20 years old, I’m soon to move out into my own apartment, and I’ve come to realize that I have taken their presence for granted. I’m so used to coming home to laughter and my 2 little best friends. Soon, I will have no one but my cat to greet me after work. They’ve taught me to cherish the time I have for myself and the time I have for others because, in the end, it’s you and your family.
What’s the biggest city you’ve been to?
Philadelphia. I made 17 years worth of memories in that city and because it’s the city with the most memories built in, its the biggest one I’ve been to.
What’s your most favorite city to visit?
Everywhere I’ve never been is my favorite city. I love the excitement of stepping onto the unknown soil.
What city do you have on your list to go to before you die?
I want to visit as many tropical cities worldwide. I love sun, sand, and beaches.
Do you like pets? Do you own any?
I LOVE animals. I love dogs, cats, reptiles, and an assortment of insects. I have a cat actually. Her name is Pearl and she’s an American Shorthair Calico. She’ll be 2 in April.
What turns you on about a man?
I think “what turns me on about men” has nothing to do with who I am and how I define myself as a person, so this question is irrelevant.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
My strengths and weaknesses are the same. I’ve always struggled with being too prideful and too independent. I always feel as if I can do it alone and I don’t need anyone’s help. At times, I’ll realize that my influence is only so powerful and sometimes I will and do need guidance. Whether it by advice or a literal push towards my goal. What I’ve found is that my pride and independence are what keep me strong and sane. I am where I am because I believe in myself and I’m confident in my movements and choices. I’m also happy because I govern my life 100%.
Tell us about your management company? Many models look forward to the backing, but few land it. How did you do it?
I am not in a management. I am a freelancing model who is seeking a management that isn’t biased towards height and race.
If you could make a difference in the world how would you do that?
I’d become the influencer. Just like Ashley Graham is being a plus-size model and influencing young girls to love their bodies. I’d like to be an influencer for Asian women and show them it’s not all “tradition” and you don’t have to be submissive. I also want to show the modeling industry that my height should not determine my talent. I am 5’5” which is 2” shorter than the industry minimum, which means I receive many declined applications. I can’t imagine how many wasted talents there are in the world right now.
How can we follow you online?
I can be found via Instagram @Phamnkim
I also run a Wix https://phamnkimmie.wixsite.com/kimmie
This article is published in February Issue 91
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