Style Profile - Felixia - Skateboarder & Location Scout - Bangkok, Thailand.
Updated: May 26
Felixia is Skateboarder, TV & Movie Production Scout and aspiring Model based in Bangkok, Thailand. From Lopburi to the north of the capital, she moved to Bangkok eight years ago to study.
Street Style Planet Earth caught up with Felixia in Bangkok in October 2019
How did you get involved in film and tv production?
I came to Bangkok to study but earning money from a good job was tempting. A University friend was working in this field and as he was like a big brother to me and helped me find this job. I didn't know anything about how a production company works but I learned quickly on the job.
What does your job entail?
I'm mainly location scouting. I discover locations for shooting advertising, movies, TV series, music videos and more. There's a lot of communication work involved and I enjoy working with people.
How did you get involved with skateboarding and skate culture?
From my x boyfriend when I was young. He was a skater boy but when we broke up he quit. But all his friends remained my friends and being so close to the skate community, it was a natural step to start skating myself.
Is skateboarding popular with Thai Youth?
Yes, it’s both a popular hobby and way of life. Skateboard events sponsored by Vans, Converse as well as local Thai brands are popular. There's also plenty of good skateparks in the city.
How would you rate your own skateboarding skills?
From 1-10 I'd give myself 2 because I suck! Have to be brave to get really good and I'm not so daring.
Are there many good female skaters in Bangkok?
Yes lots! And some are really good. The numbers are growing. Many Pro International Skaters are coming to Bangkok which inspires the local scene. The scene is very friendly and its good to meet and talk with people from all over the world. My work as a location scout gives me a good knowledge of the city so I enjoy helping out foreign skaters find their way around town in my spare time. It's a great way to have a cultural exchange.
What does Fashion & Style mean to you?
I like to mix and match clothes. For me is fashion is fun. Everyday I get excited before I go out because I'm thinking about what I should wear. I wear a different style every day, it depends on how I am feeling. Someday's I have no feelings so I just wear stupid slippers and beachwear like a hippy girl.
I'm not into luxury brands. I was brought up in a poor family so I value the importance of good value. I have to work hard to earn money and a good salary so before I buy anything I always consider value for money, even if the price is low. People should not be influenced by big brands, I respect people that wear what they like and enjoy wearing it.
How did you start modelling?
I never had any thought or ideas about modelling. It's something I never thought I could do. Around 6 years ago, someone from a Thai brand messaged me on Facebook and asked me to model for her. I was so happy to be asked that I said yes straight away without really thinking about it. I've never been confident about my body or my face so it was encouraging to hear brand was interested in me. From there I started doing some acting too which was fun. I love playing different characters.
I would like to be a full time professional model but it seems difficult in Thailand when your look does not fall in with the typical traditional standards of beauty. I've worked with some companies where they just want to change who I am too much. I prefer to be contacted independently by people who like me for what I am. I have no problem working with anyone or with changing my look or character for the job, but I can't change my lifestyle. Reality is important to me. The kind of girls Thai model agencies seem to look for seems for more narrowly defined than Europe.
I don’t have an agency or manager, I do everything by myself. It's difficult but I'm trying to do what I can. I'm hoping that I can make more of a name for myself in 2020.
Do you have any secret spots where you like to find clothes in Bangkok?
I'm not sure but I prefer to go to the market more than go to the mall and not just the well-known markets. There is a great small market near my house. My tip is to go to the famous Chatuchak market on a Friday as it's cheaper than the weekend. I love second hand and vintage shopping. It feels more personal to discover one-of and unique pieces rather than a rack of the same product.
Other than skateboarding, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love festivals and live music. Sometimes I go art galleries, watch a movie on Netflix, sing a song, play game on my phone, eat Korean BBQ alone or hang out with friends. Often if I'm not at work I will stay at home. I love to be quiet.
What are some of your favourite places to visit in Bangkok?
A bar called Skate Cafe
Huamark skate park - a big skate park to meet friends and skate
Wink bar- behind Huamark skate park. I always go after skating
Roti skateboard shop- behind Huamark skate park. There's always a community of friends there.
BACC (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre) Always great artwork changing 2 or 3 times a month.
What are your hopes and dreams for 2020?
I hope I can make more money and take care of my Momma and Grandma as much as I can as I've only got 2 of them in my life. To be a professional model is my dream. I approach every day with as a fresh challenge and try and do as much as I can for my future. You never know which day could be your last day.
Shot on location in On Nut, Bangkok, Thailand
Interview & Photos by Al de Perez
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