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…