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Model Profile: Hannah Le

Entrepreneurial Hannah Le from Birmingham has recently embarked on a childhood dream of becoming a model. This change of career direction evolved from running a beauty salon and also teaching aspects of it. Hannah’s down to earth approach and experiences of life makes her both realistic and ambitious in pursuing her goals. In this article she speaks to Nee Hao to give us an insight into her world. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, such as where you’re from?

I was born in Vietnam in Saigon.  I’m not sure exactly what age I was when I came to the UK…I was probably around 6 years old.  We came to Birmingham and I’ve been based here ever since. I’m Vietnamese, part Chinese and part French…I can’t remember what my mum said but it’s something like that hehe.

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a very passionate hard working person, if I enjoy something I usually focus all my attention on it to make it as successful as I can. I’m quite a shy person, my pictures might tell you otherwise but I’m not as outgoing as people might think.  Once you get to know me I like to think I’m bubbly and happy.  I always try to smile whatever the situation. I like to be helpful and give to people whenever I can, well at least to the people I love and to those I feel deserve my time. I think I’m also quite forgiving, perhaps sometimes too much so.

How did you get into running a beauty shop, and what is your role?

When I reached the age of 18 I decided that I didn’t want to work for anyone else. I wanted to be my own boss, and to this day I’ve managed to work for myself and make a living. I started working in the nail industry as it was good business at the time and there wasn’t as much competition as there is now, this is how I started my career in the beauty industry. I later opened my first salon when I was 21 and this later developed into other services including beauty, hair extensions, eyelash extensions, the list goes on I now also teach in these areas.

Photos by Hai Nguyen Fotography

Why have you decided to go into modelling?

I’ve always loved the idea of becoming a model and from an early age. I love being in front of a camera. I’m not ashamed to say that I came from a poor background but this is perhaps what has inspired me to do well for myself. Making a living always has to be a priority especially when you have a family to look after, it’s unfortunate that the modelling never really happened because of this. I have a little more time to myself nowadays, this is why I really wanted to explore my childhood dream of becoming a model. Sometimes I think I’ve started too late, but if I never try now I’ll never know. I don’t want to look back at my life with any regret. I love the photography side of modelling and the art that goes with it, I get inspired by beautiful photographs I see.

What to you hope to achieve from it?

I like fashion modelling, the artistic side of modelling, and I love exploring new ideas. Realistically it would be advertising or promotional work that I would probably get into. I really admire work from great photographers and would hope to work with them in the near future.

Hai Nguyen Fotography

What’s in your portfolio so far?

There’s been bits and pieces from the past but I want to look ahead and create a brand new portfolio that really expresses my ideas. I’m working with some photographers at the moment to create some new work so watch this space!

Do you think it’s harder or easier for Brit/Chinese /East Asians to break into modelling in the UK?

From my point of view I think it’s very hard for a little Vietnamese girl like me to break into the modelling industry. I like the challenge and the harder it is the more I want to rise up to it, there’s always no harm in trying new things!

 A wise friend once told me “the word no is a very harsh word, but it’s all part of the journey, accept it and continue to give it your best shot, if you are afraid of hearing the word no you will never get anywhere in life”. I use these words to make me work harder, when I hear no it just makes me want to succeed and prove people wrong.

I know my look and size might potentially limit the sort of modelling career I have but to answer your question, I don’t think being of any particular background is a disadvantage in the UK modelling industry. If you’ve got what they’re looking for then you’ll make it.

Would you describe yourself as a businesswoman?

I would say I am very business minded, I’m always full of ideas sometimes I want to explode with all the ideas I have, haha I give myself a headache sometimes thinking about work and new ideas all the time!

What places have you been to that is really nice? 

In the last 4 years I have done a lot of travelling, I’ve seen many new places, new cultures, each place has its own beauty. I love to eat so it’s great to try all the different types of food. Recently I’ve been to Vietnam, Hong Kong, Venice, Rome, Marbella, LA, Las Vegas, California and Florida, some of them I have revisited because I’ve enjoyed it so much.

Where would you most like to do a photo shoot in? 

Probably somewhere over in America on a nice beach

What’s your favourite cuisine? 

I would have to be loyal and say Vietnamese cuisine but I love all types of food!

What’s a typical day for you?

I don’t really have a typical day, every day is different.  I don’t have much of a routine, one day I could be doing beauty work, another day I could be doing a shoot with a new photographer, on some days I might be doing bridal hair and makeup. I like to keep at least one day a week to spend time with my family, normally a Sunday.

Who do you admire or has influenced you? 

I get inspired by talented people who are passionate about their art. There are too many to list but I’m fortunate that some of them are my friends. I’m sure they know who they are.

What do you do to relax? 

I actually really enjoy photo editing and spend a lot of time doing this. I enjoy cooking and doing the house work, perhaps not other people’s idea of relaxing but I hate doing nothing.

What are your future plans? 

I’m currently working on a glamour calendar which will include me. I’m hoping to get together with some well known girls to produce something pretty good.  I’m looking to open a new salon and I also have an ambition to open up a pho cafe.

Do you have any pets? 

No sorry I’m really scared of animals…even goldfish

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31 Comments

  1. Kevin Le said:

    Hannah Le is the most beautiful asian female I have ever seen. Not only that, Hannah is great with her fans. She is very honest and sincere when she anwers questions about herself. I am fortunate to have discovered her on Facebook. I can’t say enough good things about Hannah Le. I admire her ambitions so much.

  2. WaiJai said:

    What a stunner, I never knew there were British East Asian models in the UK, do more interviews with models.

  3. Mindy Lam said:

    Luv the article, what Hannah says about herself is so true, she caring and always forgiven people so easily…am lucky to her for so long and very PROUD of her, for not letting people knock her down…YOU GO GIRL <3

  4. Nqt009 said:

    I have know Hannah for a few years now and everytime I meet up with her has always been enjoyable, the conversations we have tend sway towards life and career. Which she have always have great insight and advice. I would say the article is great but does not reflect how she really is in real life. A very energetic person and those who are around her feel the same energy that she gives off.

    Little does she know her and her family have been so good to me that I don’t understand what it is that I have done to deserve the love and gratitude. I would like to thank her but there would be no way to show this.

    I would like to wish Hannah all the best in her modelling career as I know she will go so far in the industry. Also whatever you put you mind to will prosper into something immense.

  5. Tqn said:

    I have had Hannah do my bridal makeup and hair. She is such a talented person I feel very touched to have had her make my special even more precious.

  6. Jamie said:

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best with the new career. If the previous adventures is anything to go by I know you will create a great impression on the modelling industry. You have the beautiful looks and amazing eyes that will make any venture you try a successful one

    Do everything with your heart and never give up x

  7. Neva said:

    The pictures that have been uploaded onto the article are wonderful each photo tells a storey. Hannah really sets the notion with all her emotions that she puts into the pictures. I really wish the portfolio was online I would imagine that this will an amazing piece of art.

    One request that I would like to make is for you to do a tutorial on your hair and makeup as they way you are is so beautiful.

  8. Kimberly x said:

    Yes she has an English accent very cute when she speaks she awesome she can speak Vietnamese / Chinese too ,you should watch some of her video on her Facebook page ! Try adding her again …add her modelling page :)

  9. Lin Stang said:

    Hannah I love your makeup and how you do your big hair !!!!!!! So so pretty all your modelling photos on Facebook is absolutely stunning you are one of the prettiest orientals I have ever seen .I’m a big big fan of yours Hannah Le xoxoxox

  10. Tony Wan said:

    Its great to hear and see that someone is ambitious enough to follow their dreams. A lot of people have the beauty and unfortunately not the brains to go with it.
    I hope you succeed in all you do and turn the world stage into your dreams!
    Good luck. Hope to hear from any success you have!

  11. Dom VB said:

    Hannah, you are and always will be beautiful inside and out. You are an amazing girl and I am proud to know you. Love you always, D. xxx

  12. Patrick Ng said:

    Hi Hannah,

    You can do it, keep at it gal.
    Youve been successful so far and we know you still have higher heights to reach.
    Heres all of us awaiting images of you on the TV or on a giant Bill board.

    We can say we know her ;)

    (Albert Wongs site not mine)

  13. Tony said:

    Hi my georgous friend on fb: I would like to say that you warm my heart, just to see your smiling face! Thank you

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