My mom is Thai, dad is German, grandmother is Chinese and grandfather is Indian, but my brother and I are proud Australians, born in Perth. When I was around 5, we left Australia and moved to Germany. I feel my character is built on many different aspects of being an Australian and also having a German dad and dual citizenship.
Being a kid of the ’70s, I was old enough to be swept away by the supermodels of the ’90s and the cultural role they played. At that time it was Elle Macpherson and Claudia Schiffer who ruled my world. As unlikely as it seems, they both influenced me greatly. My German character, you can say, was what Claudia showed the world; control and precision, while my Australian attitude and identity was everything that Elle stood for; fun, carefree. From the age 14, I knew that the fashion and beauty industry was the one for me. I felt it was an arena where ‘different’ people, who thought and did out of the box things, were championed and welcomed.