Whether bald or wearing flannels with a bandana everyday, “less is more” is an art – Joan and Melissa Rivers, are you listening?
Mey was discovered by her modeling agency at the age of nineteen while marching in the Gay Pride Parade with a shaved head. The hair, or lack thereof, was a symbol of her fresh start from high school and letting go of the desire to fit in. Having the courage to follow your heart and your dreams runs in the family. Mey’s parents escaped the Khmer Rouge in the ’70s and ended up in Brooklyn via Thailand.
Mey’s minimal style remains more or less the same, but not her hair. Its various lengths from long to nothing at all represents a timeline of the emotional and professional stages of her life, although her androgynous and edgy archetype always shines through. There was a time that Mey felt as though she had to be more girly to be accepted in her career, but today she proudly does not own a dress. Instead, she’s striking in breton stripes and trousers and few can make a simple tee and skippies look so of the moment. Of modeling she says, “It has taught me to keep pushing and never give up.”