- Published: Friday, 16 January 2015 18:57
SINGAPORE — With all the hype ongoing about the latest cars on display at the Singapore Motorshow 2015 hosted at Suntec City Convention Centre, we decided to do something a little different, to spice things up a little.
So we took a break from engaging with four-wheeled models and spoke to one of the two-legged kind at the Toyota booth. Car make lousy conversationalists, anyway. So here's a peek into the life of a Race Queen. What goes on behind the toothy smiles?
Meet Rachel, a 23 year old student who's been in the modelling industry for over four years.
Q: What made you decide to set foot into the modelling industry?
A: I actually started out through helping a friend, as a last minute replacement model for one of the events. Thereafter, I found working in this line interesting as I stand a chance to know new people, something I enjoy doing.
Q: What are the pros and cons of such a job?
A: Well, the pros of the job include gaining an insight to new exposures, new experiences at each event I work in.
Q: So, as a model I'm sure you have to be mindful of your diet to keep in shape; do you stick to a strict diet plan or work out on a daily basis or anything of the like?
A: Yes, we do have to be mindful. Personally, I enjoy swimming and I swim a lot. As for my diet, for six days a week I try to practice eating clean, sticking to boiled and steamed foods. Fast foods are not my preference so I normally do not normally eat them. I implement one 'cheat day' a week, where I break away from my usual diet to indulge in treats that I enjoy.
Q: I'm sure you've encountered the 'cheekopeh' photographers and members of the public before, trying to get a bit touchy-touchy with you; how do you deal with such individuals who have a motive lurking up their sleeves?
A: I'm more of a straightforward person so I usually tell them directly no touching involved once they cross certain acceptable thresholds. Acceptable extents are of having one's arm around my shoulder or waist, but anything beyond that is crossing the line.
Q: What is your worst modelling experience to date thus far?
A: Actually the issues that we face are normally the same couple of things; upskirt photos, over-demanding photographers and individuals who try to touch us at inappropriate areas of our body.
Q: Do you get any lewd propositions from members of the public? For instance 'how much for a night?' or things along the line?
A: Yes I did get such questions before, such as how much for a night and things like 'may i bring you out for dinner and we could xxx afterwards'
Q: Are you attached? What does your boyfriend and family think about you working in such a line?
A: Yes, I am. He actually has no qualms about me working in the modelling industry as he himself is doing events management, hence I guess he understands how it works. For my family, they were initially hesitant and had their doubts, but as I explained to them I will look out for my well-being, they gradually understood and approved my working in this line.
Q: Let's say you're single and a guy, an average joe, at an event, wants to get to know you; what does he need to do to pique your interest? Perhaps a sincere individual who harbours no ill intentions?
A: Well, I guess the most important attribute is for him to be humorous. Working in such events, we clock in long hours each day, easily surpassing 10 hours and most of the time we are standing throughout. It's actually a very taxing and tiring job. Hence, it would be nice for someone to crack a joke perhaps and light up our faces, to brighten up an otherwise mundane day at work.
In addition to the list of questions stated above, we also found out that the stereotype of models who are party girls who go clubbing on a frequent basis actually does not stand true, but is one of a personal choice of sorts. We also carried out a survey amongst Rachel and her fellow models at Toyota, to find out if it was essential for a guy to drive a car, or at least possess some form of personal transport in order to date models in general.
To our surprise, all of the models we queried stated that owning a form of transport is not of essential importance. The focal point is actually that of the guy's character.
For the boyfriends of a couple of the models who do drive, the cars they drive include a Nissan Sunny, Suzuki Swift, Mazda RX8 and a Volvo XC60. One of them even rides a motorbike, namely, a Gilera.
And for all the 'cheekopehs' out there, yes, models do wear safety shorts beneath their outfits, so you should stop trying to take upskirt photos of them.
Lastly, for the average joe out there, don't be daunted if you are interested in hitting up a model at any event. Looks are not all that matter. On the contrary, looks are not a main consideration to many of the girls in the industry; possessing humour and being able to make her laugh is a trait of even more importance.