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Piya on bitchy models, outer space and size 32D distractions

The FHM facts
Name: Piyanuch Chanphet (Piya)
From: Thailand; now living in Dublin, Ireland Favourite food: Thai, of course!
Favourite booty-shaker: Sandstorm by Darude

Hi Piya, you don’t have a very Irish name. What does it mean, and where does it come from?

My name is Thai and Piyanuch means “the lovely last one” and Chanphet translates into “the moon that looks like a diamond”.

Exotic! You own a pretty successful business, but you also model. How do you find time for both?

I love my work, and I’m very lucky to have a lot of amazing people around me. The creativity of the team at RoboSteel is such an inspiration. On the modelling side, there are some amazing photographers, including Edina Valentova, that have been very kind to me. I know some fabulous designers who let me borrow their clothes. It can get hectic sometimes, but somehow I manage to find the time to do both.

Are you doubly-intimidating to guys, considering you’re a successful businesswoman and a model?

Yes, sometimes men can find me a little too hot to handle. But once they get to know my personality, most men don’t seem to mind. It’s a lot of fun being the boss!

Which is more fun – photo shoots or crafting steel sculptures?

I love to do both there are a lot of similarities between photo shoots and steel sculptures. To get a photo or a large sculpture perfect, you need to be creative, persistent and work well as part of a team. I get a great buzz when everything comes together and when the ‘wow’ factor is achieved.

In the photos, you’re with the steel sculptures a lot. Do you prefer working with them or actual models?

Working with sculptures is very challenging, because they are not alive and have no personality. It can be a real challenge to make steel sculptures come to life for the photo. When I’m around bitchy models, I don’t let their attitude affect me. I tend to just work harder and focus on my job. If you remain positive with negative people, you will eventually win every time.

We’ve been losing too much lately… What’s your favourite kind of photo shoot?

I love to do anything that is inspirational, but my personal favourites are glamour and FHM-style. It can be cold in Ireland, so wearing skimpy glamour outfits, lingerie and bikinis can be challenging.

Do you get (and like) all of the attention from the nerds and the fans?

Yes sometimes, but to be honest, I am a bit of a nerd myself. I love technology and gadgets, and I find clever people a real turn-on.

There goes us then but how can a guy get your attention?

I am usually very interested in a man who shows no interest in me. I am used to getting a lot of attention, and when I don’t get it, I want to know why. It’s more of a challenge if the man plays hard to get.

Where should he take you on your dream first date?

Anywhere where we can see the stars clearly, the closer we get to outer space, the better.

What would totally destroy that first date?

If he asks too many personal questions, and if he smokes 🙂

Time to butt out. What’s your number one guilty pleasure?

I love to buy expensive lingerie and bikinis. Wearing Agent Provocateur makes me feel so sexy, and going shopping with the girls is great fun.

You’re in Ireland, we’re in Malaysia. Are you okay with long-distance relationships?

Technology has made the world a smaller place, and I travel to Asia at least twice a year. If you want to contact me, you can send me a tweet or leave a message on my Facebook wall. So far no one has invited me to visit them in Malaysia, so I am open to offers!

Woohoo! Finally, if someone made a sculpture of you, what are the features you’d ask them to change?

I’d like a twin. Could you please make both of our boobs smaller? I am a 32D, and most of the time, my boobs get all the attention…

30 Mar 2011

Queen of fantasy

Claire Garvey — queen of fantasy, costume-like fashion, always to be relied upon to create extraordinary, one-off garments and capsule ready-to-wear collections of a soft, romantic, slightly medieval nature — has changed.

Welcome, then, Mistress Garvey, designer of audacious garb for vampy-fairy, 21st-birthday chicks who look as if they have stepped out of the world of manga. If Lord of the Rings had seen Claire’s dresses, I bet the elves would have been dressed differently and Liv Tyler could have smouldered her way through Mordor, instead of being all fey and virginal, and as inspiring as a wet sheet.

It was attending a debs’ show last year and meeting a whole new generation of exciting, unbound clients that brought about the change in Claire. Since then, commissions have rolled in from gorgeous young things, mainly for 21st-birthday parties. Now Claire finds herself having the most fun she has ever had in her design career.

“I never even thought I was fed up with fashion until I did these commissions! Since I started this, it is the most excited I have been,” she said. “Dealing with people who are still interested in fashion . . . You have more life in you when you embrace modernity. A lot of people I know are dwelling on the recession, but young people aren’t. They are still full of enthusiasm, and they make you feel that way,” Claire told me, her voice brimming with excitement.

“They are an interesting group of people to design for. Most of them are in college, or working. They want one-offs and difference. They might ask to be a tree, or a butterfly, or for a ballet dress in leather, but they are interested in the couture end of things. They are informed about fashion, and they’re into modernity, and designers such as Alexander McQueen. So it has been a different angle,” she explained. “It is like the 21st has replaced the wedding as a rite of passage. I mean, the dress does cost nearly as much as a bridal dress.

I think also it is from MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 — they go all-out and hire nightclubs and have all kinds of themes and things. And I think a lot of it is Cheryl Cole, too. I think my sexiness is back!”

Has it made her feel younger? “About a hundred million per cent!” was Claire’s prompt reply. “I still like the romantic, but I prefer modernity. It is a completely different swing. I don’t think I could go back. I don’t know what it is about ageing, but you either love or hate youth. I realise I was working so hard I wasn’t seeing. My eyes are open again,” she told me And how. Go, Claire!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDINA VALENTOVA

MODEL PIYANUCH CHANPHET

STYLED BY JEMMA CONNOLLY

FASHION EDITED BY CONSTANCE HARRIS

Make-up and hair by Beata Ryba

Published Life Magazine 2010

30 Mar 2011

All wrapped up!

Modeling for David Brisco is a real pleasure.

Dave is a photographer who has many skills including creative illustration, digital art, design and creative multimedia expertise. Taking photos with this Irish artist was a lot of fun but the real reward is when you get a chance to see the final edits of the photos. Simple materials such as cashmere can become multi coloured body raps in Dave’s world.

Model: Piyanuch Chanphet | Makeup: Amy McGuire | Photography: David Briscoe Artwork & Design

30 Mar 2011

Bugatti

This fabulous Bugatti Veyron 16.4liter Super Sport is officially the fastest production ever built. 267.81 mph! yes 430.99 km/h.! was recently achieved by Bugatti’s test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel who drove the Veyron around the high speed oval test track at Ehra-Lessian. On hand to witness and record the results were officials of the Guinness book of records and the German Technical Inspection Agency. Raphanel made passes around the huge oval track in both directions just to be sure.

This white Veyron Super Sport in the photos is owned by Afzal Kahn owner of Project Kahn who I had the pleasure of meeting in London. This amazing car comes with the unique UK registered “F1” number plate.

The price for both…… well if you have to ask that question it properly too expensive for you x

UpDate 25th August 2013

News Source: The Daily Mail

Afzal Khan has a lot of money. This is, after all, the guy that spent $870,000 for the United Kingdom vanity plate F1. Now, as further proof of the high-end tuner’s wealth, he’s turned down a 6-million quid offer for the rare license plate. Who offers $9.3 million for a pair of rectangular pieces of metal? And… more importantly, who turns it down?

According to The Daily Mail, Khan rejected the offer, with a spokesman explaining that, “Mr. Kahn has no interest in selling F1, which is his favorite plate.” As The Mail points out, Khan’s move to snap up F1 when it went on the market in 2008 was a prudent financial move if he’s getting multi-million-pound offers for it.

F1, which spends most of its time on Khan’s Bugatti Veyron, isn’t the only rare plate in Khan’s garage – he also counts 4HRH and NO1 as part of his collection, although it doesn’t sound like either one is quite as valuable.

By Brandon Turkus

 

28 Mar 2011

A Matrix model in Dublin

Piyanuch Chanphet a  freelance model in Dublin with no matrix agents or modeling Agencies.

Trinity: I know why you’re here, Neo.   I know what you’ve been doing… why you hardly sleep, why you live alone and why night after night, you sit by your computer. You’re looking for him. I know because I was once looking for the same thing. And when he found me, he told me I wasn’t really looking for him. I was looking for an answer. It’s the question, Neo. It’s the question that drives us. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did.

Neo: What is the Matrix?
Trinity: The answer is out there, Neo, and it’s looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.

“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes”

Well all I know is that I took the red  pill.  Working an Asian model in Dublin and Thailand I have often observed what seemed like glitches in the Matrix.  Going to places you have never been before and feeling like you have been there.  Every now and again you meet someone and you get the same feeling that you know the person.

The term red pill and its opposite, blue pill, are pop culture terms that have become a common symbol for the choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red).

I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid. You’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world … without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries; a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.

Piyanuch Chanphet

A model in Dublin, professional and freelance and fighting the global matrix.

28 Mar 2011

Studio

28 Mar 2011

La Senza

28 Mar 2011

AnneBra

28 Mar 2011

International

International Women’s Day 2011

International Women’s Day (8 March, 2011) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.  This year it celebrates its 100th birthday.

In Thailand there are various events held around the country. While there has been improvements in gender equality in Thailand it is still very much a man’s world. Women work longer generally in low skilled manual labor jobs and get paid less than male counterparts and it is socially acceptable even a fashion for men to have second girlfriends. However, women are becoming increasing more independent. Education for women is improving and many girls are now getting higher level jobs as a result.

This year I will be celebrating International Woman’s Day in Dublin Ireland.  To highlight the day I took part in a photo shoot organised by Tolu OMoyele and photographed by the multi-talented Edina Valentova.  Make-up was provided by Elaine Hopkins and Claire Walsh with Hair styling also by Claire Walsh and Elaine Hopkins.   Models on duty were myself Piya, Lauren, Tolu and Katty.  Tolu provided the styling with outfits by Claire Garvey & Lisa Marie De Bee.  The location was a stylish roof top on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.

On the day itself next Tuesday, 08 March to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day there will be a themed Fashion show held in Temple bar Dublin.  “The Amazonian Warrior” fashion event will feature a collection from Award winning Irish Designer Claire Garvey and South African Designer Lisa Marie De Beer.  All are welcome and there is no cover charge. kick off is at 7.45pm.

For me international womans day is a chance to reflect on what it means to be a woman and celebrate that gender equality is for the most part slowly improving for women all over the world.



27 Mar 2011

The Swan by Claire Garvey

Shape shifting between human and swan form working with Laelia Miller and wearing Clair Garvey designs can only be described as a magical experience. My latest photo shoot on location in an ancient temple in the Wicklow mountains wearing Claire Garvey designs.

Inspired by the Russian Ballet the Swan Dress is part of Clair Garvey’s Spring / Summer Collection 2011.

Designer: Claire Garvey | Photographer: Laelia Milleri | Assistant: Marta Bielecka | Styling and make-up: also by Laelia Milleri | Model: Piyanuch Chanphet

26 Mar 2011

Abandoned

9 Mar 2011
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