Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Amber Chia: Malaysia’s Diva

Amber Chia is a Malaysian super-model, whose face has graced the covers of numerous international and domestic fashion magazines like Her World Singapore, Marie Claire Malaysia, Bazaar Malaysia, Malaysia Woman’s Weekly and many more.

Amber, who was born Chia Lee Peng in Ipoh in 1981, grew up in the city of Tawau in Sabah, East Malaysia. Amber’s life story is a classic ‘rags to riches’ tale, as she was born into a family of extremely modest means. He father worked as a fishmonger, who went door to door to sell fish. He was assisted in his task by is six young children, including fiercely independent Amber who always harbored dreams of making it big in the world of glamour.  When she was just seven, Amber was given up to foster parents, as her own parents couldn’t afford to care for her.

When Amber turned 17 she left Tawau for Kuala Lumpur with just RM300 in her purse to find fame and fortune. Mocked for her seemingly odd looks and unfashionable small-town attire, she attended countless casting calls and auditions over a period of five years, only to face rejection time and again. Fate ultimately smiled on her in 2004, when she beat contestants from 60 countries, to become the international brand ambassador of Guess Watches.

After that there was no stopping Amber, for modeling and endorsement offers poured in and the sultry model with the razor sharp cheekbones and bee-stung lips was chosen to front the local campaigns of international names like Sony, L’Oreal, Mitsubishi and many others. Amber was also voted the Malaysian Model of the Year, twice in a row in 2004 and 2005 and a few years later, she was one of only four models handpicked by Victoria Beckham to present her collection at New York Fashion Week. 

Aside from modeling, Amber has also tried her hand at acting and has appeared in various TV sitcoms and Chinese movies in China and Taiwan. Amber went on to marry her manager and business partner, Adrian Wong in March 2010 and now is the mother of a bonny baby boy.
Currently, Amber who is in her early thirties continues to model as well as manage her two successful businesses, Amber Creations, a film and events company, and The Amber Chia Academy, a school for modeling and beauty.

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