Mia Kang has been modeling since the tender age of 13. The multinational model was born in Hong Kong and has been travelling ever since. She has set the modeling world on fire by appearing in the magazine, Sports Illustrated in 2016. Mia is a lady of many talents.
She’s got a master’s degree in finance, knows her way around a basketball court, and is an ace at catching waves on her surfboard. One look at her voluminous lips, sharp brown eyes, ink black hair, and professionally sculpted body on several of the world’s best beaches will surely make you want to know more about this half-Korean and half-British beauty.
Below are the excerpts from the conversation between Supermodel In-the-making Mia Kang and Namita Nayyar, President – Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You began modeling at the young age of 13. You have modeled for major brands like Chanel and Smoky Roses. You’ve also appeared on the covers of Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. You got your big break when you were named as one of six models in the Sports Illustrated Model Search competition. Tell us something about this fairy tale journey?
Ms. Mia Kang: I am very lucky with the way my career has gone, but I think it’s far from a fairy tale. I’ve worked hard for half my life in this industry and definitely paid my dues. I’ve dealt with a lot of rejection and taken a lot of risks. I’ve quit and started again. I’ve travelled around the world trying to find my market and my place in the industry. I never thought I would be where I am today. I encourage everyone to pursue their dreams because being in Sports Illustrated was a dream come true that I never thought was achievable.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You grew up in Hong Kong and are half-Korean and half-British. You completed your studies from the Bristol University and the School of Oriental and African Studies. We’ve also heard you are a huge basketball lover and also love to do surfing. So would you like to share with us any special moments from your childhood?
Ms. Mia Kang: I had a lot of blessings in my childhood. My father and my siblings love adventure and love to travel so I was exposed to a lot as a child, and I was raised to be fearless and brave. I love sports, I love to travel, I love the outdoors, I love trying and learning new things. My parents value academics and education very highly, and I’m grateful I have that installed in me. I almost postponed by studies due to success in my career but I am thankful my father made me work hard and get it under my belt when I was younger. When I was working from age 13 my parents taught me the value of a dollar and responsibility. I was allowed to work so long as I supported myself and maintained A grades in school. I learnt time management and how to manage myself as a working person. My childhood definitely wasn’t all fun and games but I wouldn’t change a thing because it made me who I am today.
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