I relate to those who are suffering, as I had a chronic illness for ten years. I have grown such a deep appreciation and love for life after almost losing it due to the chronic illness. For many chronic illness sufferers, suicide is the number one cause of death, because living with a body that doesn't work is so unbearable. My goal in life is to give hope and love to anyone who is going through suffering.
Kiki, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I started as a model as a way to spread hope and awareness for chronic illnesses.
Who is your inspiration in life Kiki? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life is my faith in God. Reading the Bible has encouraged me to keep moving forward, no matter how terrible the circumstances are.
We all make mistakes Kiki; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
One time, we were shooting at an abandoned building in the middle of summer in Phoenix. I should have practised better communication and asked more questions about the venue, as there was no air conditioning. I should have found out if I needed to bring more water and a fan.
Kiki, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
As a model, I believe that prioritising client's needs is best done by being adaptable and flexible. Communicating with the client about the needs of the project will help to get a better understanding of the urgency and importance of tasks.
Please tell us Kiki, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
My top priority as a model is safety. I am very strategic when it comes to selecting projects to make sure my safety is not compromised. One way I do this is by practising safety in my online presence. I do not reveal my location on the internet and only work with reputable clients.
Kiki, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
As a model, I am not usually the director of a project or visionary for the shoot. However, when I notice something, such as lighting, wind direction, or an error in makeup or hair, I politely bring up the suggestion to see my point of view, and the head of the project generally appreciates it.
Kiki, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
The proudest moment I have had as a model is every time I receive a comment telling me that I am an inspiration and that I give hope and comfort to those who are hurting.
Kiki, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I love being creative with my work because I have a background in art and interior design. It is exciting to me when I bring together colors to reveal beauty in work!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I would advise them that being a model is not all about appearance. Being a model also means being a positive influence on your audience. Being a model means making this world a better place, not a worse place. This is done by setting good examples for your audience.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I am looking for collaborations with picture editorials, magazines, and brand advertisements.
Photographer: Tiffany Le (1st&2nd photo):@tiffanylephotography