Model & Photographer Isabelle Yong
I grew up in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur but at heart I’m an island girl. Being around mother nature is my biggest must no matter where I’m living. This drives my passionate and positive personality in everything I do. I’m a bit of a bros girl who is free flowing and enjoys a bourbon neat from time to time but don’t get me confused, I’m not sporty in any form. I’m always up for an adventure discovering cultures and meeting new people. In spite of that, I’ve always felt like I’ve always stood out and never quite fit no matter how adaptable I am. This insecurity has now evolved into what I love most about myself.
What inspired you to start modelling and how long have you been a model?
I’ve never longed and dreamed to be a model as a kid, if anything I was the sassy girl with the comebacks defending my chubby self because I loved to eat and still do by the way. It started off by my love of photography and travel. I was comfortable in my natural curvy body documenting my travels. Embracing my thalassophile spirit and feeling the most confident in a bikini despite my undesired body type before the plus size or normal bodies movement had begun. This is what caught the eye of a local photographer @dreamersrehab, Catherea. That was the first time I’ve ever been asked to model professionally, it was the beginning of my modelling career. I have been modelling now for 5 years.
Which is a memorable or unforgettable photoshoot experience you’ve had before?
The most memorable shoot I’ve been a part of was titled Thique Clique by Catherea.
Do you have a lifestyle or fashion hack that you can’t live without?
One of my cheeky fashion hacks is that I wear most of my bikini bottoms backwards because it gives me a much better overall coverage in the front. The one item that is essential that I can’t live without is my Mason Pearson brush.
Which 3 things do you enjoy doing most in the city you live in?
The top 3 things I enjoy the most is going to the markets for fresh groceries, enjoying an ocean swim and lastly a little retail therapy or grabbing some cocktails at the bar with friends.
On a scale of 1-10, how much of a risk taker are you?
I would say I’m about a 6.5.
How do you like to spend your free time?
The perfect day for me would be having a cocktail by the pool being kissed by the sun or spending the day in cooking and trying new recipes.
What turns you off on a date?
Nothing turns be off quicker than a man who is rude to staff and has really bad hygiene and fashion sense.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Isabelle. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Sexy to me is a form of confidence, a journey of self love and acceptance that can only be overcome by facing and embracing yourself truly.
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