This article was first published in Journeys Magazine, Winter 2016.
Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw (Class of 2013) is a model and graduate of Singapore American School. Currently pursuing her undergraduate studies in psychology and biology at King’s College London, she represented Singapore in Asia’s Next Top Model where she made it to the top three, and is represented by local modeling agency, Basic Models Management.
How did your family come to move to Singapore and enroll in SAS, and what challenges did you face as a third culture kid here?
My family moved to Singapore because my dad’s job brought us all here, and I guess I didn’t really notice how it was as a third culture kid because I’ve been moving around my whole life. The only thing that I noticed is that it takes some time to explain to people where I’m from: “My dad’s English, my mum’s Chinese, but I live in Singapore. Yes, I sound American because I went to an American school. No, I’ve never lived in the States...”
What are your favorite Mr. Hoe dishes from the SAS cafeteria?
Black pepper chicken!
Where was your favorite spot on campus?
My friends and I would always like hanging out in the library back in high school. It was always a pretty chill place.
What was it like to be a student at SAS and what are some memories you have with your schoolmates which stand out?
I pretty much grew up in Singapore American School. I lived so close to school and had a great community of friends who lived nearby as well. And when I was a student, SAS really pushed me academically and encouraged me to chase what I loved doing—dance.
As a model working in Singapore and Asia, what was the most challenging assignment that you’ve done, and why?
This wasn’t a particular assignment, but one of the most challenging things I had to deal with was probably traveling all the way to Paris by myself after staying in Asia for almost 18 years. That was pretty daunting, especially in a country where English is not the main language.
To you, what is modeling?
My passion. I love being able to put in hours of work and collaborate with new people each time for a project with an outcome that I am beyond proud of. It’s different just seeing a photo compared to knowing all the work it took to get to where it is, and I love being a part of that process.
Not only are you a model, but you’re also into circuit training and dancing. Did you get involved in these at SAS and what other sports, clubs, or activities were you part of?
I was an active member of Dance Club back at SAS and devoted a lot of my time to it. I choreographed the Class of 2013’s senior piece at the end of our last dance show in school, and have also taken part in the IASAS dance exchange and taught middle school dancers as well.
What do you miss from Singapore now that you’ve moved to the UK?
Yong tau foo, fishball noodles, and bak chor mee! All the great food.
What is it like to work and live in London, and what do you see yourself doing in the near future as you work on your degree and career?
It was pretty exciting to have moved to London of all places. I’m such a city person, and I feel like I picked the right place for myself. So far, I’m loving it. In the near future, I’m going to focus mainly on my studies and hopefully do some work when I get time off.
If you were to give an SAS student who aspires to be in the modeling, TV, or entertainment industries some advice today, what would it be?
Try. It’s a tough industry to break into, but if you keep on delaying the day you try for it, then it’ll never happen. It requires thick skin and hard work, but at the end of the day, if it’s your true aspiration, then it’ll all be worth it. You just gotta try!
Thanks to www.basicmodels.com.sg.
Photo credits to Digital Fashion Week, Nathan Alliard, Neutrogena Singapore
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