Meaw Davis is a professional model with a mix of Thai, Chinese and Cambodian heritage. Despite working towards a business degree and completing commercial modeling projects, she kindly agreed to complete a spotlight interview for Urbanity Chic. Read on to find out about how she prepares for a shoot, what she does to relax when not working which famous celebrities she would like to work with in the future.
Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?
When I was in school/college in Thailand, on several occasions my classmates and teacher voted for me to enter beauty competitions to represent the school/college. When I came to the UK I started modeling 4 months after the birth of my son because several people thought I would make a good model, so I decided to give it a try.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
2010 was good. I had 4 main modelling assignments which were:
- Fashion shoot for “Meaw in Spitalfields” (March 2010 in Brick Lane), London by Dan McCurry photographer
- Studio and location shoot for www.smilephoto.co.uk in April 2010
- Location shoot with Andy Shannon photographer in August 2010 at Regents Park, London
- South East area 2010 Calendar
I also got 2nd place in a Fashion show/model competition on the 28th November 2010 with T2N at Cable club.
Q: Who inspires you?
My mum, as she has worked hard on her own to look after us three (me, my sister and my brother). Even though she often had nothing to eat she always made sure that her children had enough food to eat and had a good education. I want to be a strong woman like my mum and become successful in life as well as in the modeling industry. I believe that success in life can be achieved by standing on your own feet and realizing your dreams.
Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?
I love both because they have completely different atmosphere.
Q: Do you have an interesting story about a particular photo shoot, or a casting you’d like to share?
I was hired to be an extra in a music video called “World of Change” by Sonique. As there were no other street dancers, I was selected to dance on my own in the main scene, as well as dancing with the other extras. After the music video shoot I had a photo taken with Sonique and she was very friendly.
Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?
I always make sure I know exactly where the location for the shoot is and how to get there by looking up on the map and making a route plan well before the day. Also I also check the list to make sure I have all the accessories needed for the modeling fashion shoot/show.
Q: Do you have a favorite photograph?
The studio shoots which was taken in the summer with my son and the photos from the music video shoot with my son also.
Q: Who is your favorite photographer?
My favourite photographers are Tom Webb and Richard G.
Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?
I would love to work with Cameron Diaz and David Beckham!!
Q: What does fashion mean to you?
Being in fashion gives me confidence, helps with my image for my career and also shows my personality.
Q: How would you define your personal style?
Smart and sharp for business but sexy for going out and modeling.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It’s a very interesting area!!!! It’s also very convenient for transport, shops, banks and schools etc.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
The highlight of my career has been being on set in the films Thugs, Mugs & Violence, Le Fear and Tunnel Visions because I enjoyed playing parts different to my own character. I also met many people in the film industry, networked and made new friends.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
I would like to be more successful in my career and travel around the world working with amazing people.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Drink a hot jasmine tea, listen to the music, relax in a hot bubble bath with the nice smell of candles and watch Thai TV shows on the internet.
Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?
I’ve got loads of 1960’s music and also my favourite modern song called “Someone Like You” by Adele.
Q: Do you have interesting hobbies?
Yoga, belly dancing, singing, martial arts and creating webpages too.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring models what would it be?
No matter how far you’ve got to go; no matter what is going to happen down that road; no matter how long it takes to get there; you should keep on trying and I believe success will be there.
Q: What motivates you to do what you do?
I enjoy modeling -- but my main motivation is MONEY!!!!!! (Laugh) because I’m living in the UK on my own (with my little boy). I need to support my son and my family in Thailand as they’re dependent upon me.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Apart from modeling, I’m also a belly dancer, actress (featured in various British films) and also study business management. I’m mixed Thai/Chinese/Cambodian and was born in Thailand.
Editor’s Note: Meaw Davis has a cosmopolitan and athletic look that would enhance any stage. We’re looking forward to Meaw’s modeling and acting career develop over the coming months and years.
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Meaw Davis, just follow the links below:
twitter link: www.twitter.com/meawdavis
facebook link: www.facebook.com/meawdavis
web page link: www.meawdavis.com
Youtube link: www.youtube.com/meawdavisjj