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:: Spotlight :: Model Profile - Leah Ssu

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

A delightful and charming young model graces our Mediasearch pages. This is Leah Ssu from New South Wales. She is in her second year at university studying a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. Leah is a dancer and has extended her career into modelling - already achieving a good deal of commercial work - fashion and hair shoots. So, with her studies and modelling work, Leah is one busy young lady who is keen to expand her modelling horizons

Q. What is your family background?

A. I've actually been adopted and moved to Australia when I was 4 months old. I was born in Taipei, Taiwan. But have grown up with the Australian/Western culture my whole life! So I look Asian but would classify myself as Australian! I have a mother, a father and a younger brother.

Q. Did you grow up in your early teens wanting to be a model?

A. Not really, I mean I definitely had thoughts about it, especially looking at all the pretty girls featured in the magazines! But I think, as many young teens these days also want, I wanted to be a hairdresser or make up artist!

Q. What have you discovered / learnt from the modelling scene?

A. I have learnt to be myself! The photographer can see straight through any falseness you may be leading he/ she with! I have also learnt to be direct and immediately state what you are and aren't comfortable with doing.

Q. Career highlights to date?

A. Well for hair alone I have modelled for brands such as De Lorenzo, VitaFiveCPR, Keune and Goldwell!

Q. Favourite hobbies?

A. Dancing is my number one! I have been dancing since age 3 and have trained in numerous styles including; jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip- hop and theatre jazz, just to name a few! I also love to spend my time going to the gym, being crafty and creative, socialising and shopping! Yes! I would say shopping is definitely a hobby!

Q. Favourite music?

A. My tastes are constantly changing! But if I have to pick something I'd say I'm a fan of dance, pop and RnB!

Q. Favourite films?

A. I can't say I have an actual favourite film! However I love anything action! I love fast paced, crazy action packed films!

Q. What is your fashion sense?

A. For winter I love my super skinny jeans and ankle boots with a heel! Every girl should have the basic black, light and dark blue jeans to compliment their wardrobe! In summer high waisted shorts and crop tops are the way to go, accompanied with a pair of strappy sandals!

Q. Beauty tips?

A. I feel beauty begins with your face! A well cared for face is your best accessory! Therefore wash morning and night! I like to use a flannel dipped in warm water to remove the face wash! Then follow with a soft and light layer of moisturiser!

Q. Advice for young girls aspiring to be models?

A. Once again, be yourself! Learn to be confident and love yourself for who you are! Secondly, in this industry, you will have many ups and downs! Learn to take them in your stride and not get too big for your boots! That is not a quality photographers like! Thirdly, know how to take direction and learn quickly from any mistakes! And lastly always be punctual, reliable and trustworthy!

Q. Do you think a man should treat a woman like he does his car?

A. Well, this would depend on the car! But if you mean love, protect and care for, then 100% yes! No woman should invest their limited and valuable time in a man that does not care for and treat his woman with love, and protection!

Q. Favourite place visited?

A. I would have to say my family's annual holiday getaway in North Haven (About 30mins south of Port Macquarie, NSW). Nothing can beat a week spent on the beach in this town!

Q. Do you have a role model/s?

A. This might sound corny but it's definitely my mother! Sure we have a few discrepancies here and there but she has my utmost respect and she is a woman I look up to! She had taught me to be the confident and hard working person I am today! In essence she has allowed me to achieve many great things in life!

Q. People you've admired generally?

A. In general, I tend to look up to people who are successful and famous by name and achievements rather than through silly media stunts! I admire top models who have made it to star level in this industry through hard work. I also admire fitness ambassadors on social media who target a young girls' health rather than solely body image!

Q. Are there any issues that you feel strongly about and would like to briefly discuss?

A. Not necessarily an issue but more a character trait. Being selfish - I feel that people need to think about others and not just themselves! They need to put others first, think about what suits the other person and not solely about what suits them.

Q. Future ambitions?

A. My ambition as a model is to walk through my local shopping centre and see myself featured on a poster on the wall or in the windows of my favourite shops! My main ambition, is to complete my bachelor degree of Sport and Exercise Science and then a masters of Exercise Physiology!

Ethnicity- Taiwanese
Height- 172cm
Weight- 50kg
Dress size- 6-8
Shoe size- 7
Bust- 80 cm
Waist- 60 cm
Hips- 82 cm
Skin Colour- Olive
Eye Colour- Dark Brown
Hair Type- Straight
Hair Length- Hip Length
Hair Colour- Dark Brown

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