Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do to your hair to make them look so stunning?
Ms. Mia Kang: Thank you! Keep your skin hydrated. I do a lot of face masks and carry facial mist spray. Try not to wear makeup when you don’t have to, let your skin breathe. Working out and sweat is also great for your skin. I take multivitamins every day which I believe helps your hair. My hair gets damaged a lot at work so I make sure I take them, and sometimes do double doses when I need a boost.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have to travel a lot across the world such as London, Tokyo, Hamburg, Seoul, Los Angeles, Milan, Dubai, Singapore, Miami and many more for your professional career. For a model adjusting to new countries with their own cultures it must be difficult and then to adjust with the modeling career in a new foreign land, what advice can you give to fellow models in a similar situation?
Ms. Mia Kang: Just be yourself! Enjoy it and embrace it. Modelling is a career that is short lived, so appreciate it while you have it. We are lucky to travel the world and see new places we would never normally go, so keep your eyes and your mind open. It gets exhausting, it gets very lonely, and the world thinks we live a glamourous life. But we can spend days alone on planes, in cars and in empty hotel rooms in a strange city where you know no one, sleep deprived and jet lagged and under pressure to look good. It’s not all glitz and glamour, but it’s important to count your blessings and enjoy the different cities and cultures of the world.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us about your Top 3 Fashion must-haves?
Ms. Mia Kang: 1) Maxi dresses. So great for day to night transitions. Appropriate to wear almost anywhere. And great for when you’re feeling bloated haha.
2) Classic black high heel pumps. Mine are ‘Kate’ Christian Louboutins. They match everything and can take an outfit from 0 to 100 real quick!
3) Invest in a great purse. You can wear anything, even gym clothes, but a fab purse can make it a chic look. My bag of the moment right now is the Saint Laurent Sac De Jour.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is it like to be a Sports Illustrated model? To work with such an iconic brand that instantly adds the oomph factor to your portfolio, would you like to share with us your experience?
Ms. Mia Kang: Honestly, it is nothing but a real pleasure. The team is phenomenal, amazing human beings. They are so easy to work with and make it so delightful. Before I shot with them I was so scared and intimidated, after all it’s sports illustrated! Such a huge name, an iconic establishment, an empire of a band, and every girls dream. But come the shoot day, it just flew by and was filled with laughs and smiles. Every single person I met was great and supportive, they made me feel so comfortable and welcomed me with open arms. Being in sports illustrated is a dream come true for any girl, but it means more than people think to me because I truly never ever thought I would be here. When I was overweight and bullied in school I had the Tyra Banks cover of sports illustrated hung on my bedroom wall. Today I grace those pages along side the most beautiful and inspiring women on the planet. A magazine that icons have passed through. I am walking proof that dreams actually do come true!