For those of you who have met me before, your first impression of me would be “You’re so tall!”. And you wouldn’t be the first. Ever since my teenage years, I have always been the tallest girl in the class. To be honest, I used to be ashamed of my height. Nobody really laughed or made fun of me in class, but I always felt different from the others, sticking out like a sore thumb. Whenever there were dance performances, as much as I wanted to take part, I couldn’t, because my extra height would make the dance formation look weird. During assembly, when we had to queue up at the hall, I always had to be the last one in line due to my height. Also, when we had dance balls during secondary school, no guys would ask me to dance because really, they’d look like midgets next to me.
Thankfully, when I started going to university, I got to know more people from different parts of the country, and I was told over and over again that my height was perfect to be a model. Back then, I always thought that models had to be super skinny, beautiful and had lots of fashion sense, all of which I didn’t have. So I just brushed the comments aside. When I started working, I went through the same ordeal again, with people asking me to go and try out with modeling, and some even asked me to join pageants. I guess no one really pushed me or convinced me enough, plus I did not know where to start, so I did not go ahead with it.
with Amber Chia
Until one night, a couple of weeks back, I was fortunate to have dinner with Amber Chia, a super model that needs to introduction. Surprisingly she was really down-to-earth and friendly! Before we left the dinner, I asked for a picture and that was when she noticed my height. She immediately said that she loved my height and asked me to see her at her academy, while passing me her card. Of course, to get such a comment from her was flattering, although I still did not have the intention of going down the modeling line. Saucer, who witnessed this, kept asking me to call her the next day, but I was just too shy! Days later, I chatted with my best buddy online and when she found out about the incident, she immediately exclaimed “GO! What are you waiting for? This is a chance of lifetime!”. I guess that was the push needed, for I found myself calling Amber that night, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Amber Chia Academy
Therefore, I’m now a student (again) at Amber Chia Modeling Academy (ACA)! It’s such an unexpected twist of fate for me that I have to document it down, so I hope you don’t mind reading through my reflections every week. It’s going to last for just 6 weeks, for now. So bear with me!
How do I feel now? I just went to the first class on Tuesday, and met a group of young and spirited people who inspire to be professional models. Seeing their enthusiasm and excitement fueled me to carry on with this class in an upbeat mood. Due to my less-than-ideal age, I don’t have very big dreams in this path, but just to learn on how to carry myself better, with more confidence and perhaps, to strike the runway at least once.
Make up area
The good thing about this academy is that it will accept people from all ages as students. I had a conversation with Amber before I joined the class and her vision is to provide an avenue for people who want to be a model but do not know where to start, as well as to help people build their confidence, regardless of their age. So, if you’re interested, stay tuned to my documentaries every week, where I will be detailing my experience in the classes, with no holds barred.
The 4 colours of basic heels
Our first class was taught by Benjamin Toong, who is a catwalk guru well-known in the industry. He is apparently the only person who could walk with a pair of 9-inch heels! Speaking of heels, all of the students are required to wear 5.5 inches heels during class, custom-made from ACA. 5.5 inches! All my life, the highest pair of heels I’ve ever worn was only 3 inches high, and even then I only did so for less than 5 times. I can’t imagine walking in this super high heels for the next few weeks!
The catwalk studio
The first class was more to introduction, where we got to know the students and their aspirations, as well as what are the models Do’s and Don’ts. I just have to say, Ben is a funny trainer with a sense of sarcasm. I can foresee classes with him to be very interesting and noisy, filled with laughter. One of his quotes that I remember very well:
“Models are sales persons! The difference is they sell products without speaking.”
How very apt.
The class schedule
Did you also know that the standard gown measurements for models is 32″ – 25″ – 36″? Apparently, this is the standard size when fashion designers tailor their gowns, so if you’re not around this size, you’ve got some work to do!
Ben briefing on the runway terms
The difference between the main stage and the runway
The first class is over but we’re given some homework to do: To walk and familiarize with our 5.5-inch heels at home! I have tried and let me tell you, it’s not easy. Let’s just hope practice does make it perfect.
Amber Chia Academy heels
My pair of 5.5-inch heels
What do you think of my little twist? I hope you guys support me in this decision of mine, for an experience of a lifetime. Of course, posts on food will still be coming in (I still need to eat! :P). Wish me luck and stay tuned for my next class update!
*Studio pictures courtesy of Amber Chia Academy
Complete series of my Modeling Pro (Basic) course stories:
- An Unexpected Twist
- Basics of Catwalk
- Guest Instructor at the Academy
- The Correct Facial Expression
- First Video of Modeling Students
- Fashion Sense & Trends with Keith Kee
- Posing & Expression with Amber Chia
- First Impressions & Communication Skills of A Model
- A Model’s Diet
- Hair Care Tips
- Basics of Nude Look Makeup
- Smoky Eyes Unveiled!
For the complete series of Advanced Modeling Catwalk, check out this link.