with Mercy Li / @dr.mercy.li
Formerly a banker working in Public Relations at a prestigious bank, Dr Mercy Li made a life-changing decision to pursue a career aligned with her true passions. Transitioning into freelance Public Relations consulting, she also embarked on a new venture as a glamour model. Hailing from Singapore, Dr Mercy Li captivates audiences with her striking Asian beauty and remarkable intellect. She obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of London and possesses an intriguing background in the realm of erotica, being born to a Chinese father and a French mother. With her statuesque 5’7″ frame and distinctive mixed Chinese/French heritage, she boasts an eye-catching 34DDD-23-35 figure that sets her apart in the world of glamour modeling
How did you get started in the modeling industry? Greetings! I am Dr Mercy Li, a Singaporean individual who embraces taking risks. After working as a Public Relations Manager at a prominent bank, I realized that the traditional office environment wasn’t the right fit for me. Consequently, I made the bold decision to become a freelance Public Relations Consultant. However, that is not all. I have also discovered a newfound passion for glamour modeling! It all began unexpectedly when I encountered a modeling agency scout while shopping at a lingerie boutique. This scout believes that I have the potential to excel in the field of glamour modeling. Although my parents are unaware of this development, it is not a concern as they are not particularly adept with technology. Join me on my journey as I fearlessly pursue my dreams.
Can you tell us about your first modeling gig? My experience working in Australia was a significant milestone in my modeling career. It was during this time that I found myself in a new environment, away from home, and learned how to navigate the industry and protect my interests. Being immersed in the modeling business firsthand allowed me to truly understand its inner workings. I firmly believe that this city played a pivotal role in shaping me into a genuine model and provided me with opportunities that I successfully capitalized on.
What is the most exciting project you’ve worked on so far? Currently, the most thrilling project for me is the feature in the FHM Australia Dec 2023 issue. Not only am I honored to be on the cover of this prestigious magazine, but I also have the opportunity to travel to the Australian outback for the photoshoot.
What’s your secret to staying in great shape and maintaining a healthy lifestyle? The key to maintaining my fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle involves engaging in sports activities 3-4 times a week, practicing intuitive eating, and utilizing a range of skincare, body care, and hair care products. I prefer not to wear makeup, prioritize staying hydrated by consuming ample water, and avoid excessive tanning.
What advice do you have for aspiring models trying to break into the industry? One of the most challenging aspects of modeling is mastering the skill of “working with the camera” while being naturally photogenic is important, a successful model must also possess the ability to effectively engage with the camera. It is crucial to remain calm and composed during shoots and arrive well-prepared with unique ideas and suggestions. Rather than solely relying on the photographer, successful models collaborate with them to create captivating images. It is not just about looking good in photographs, but about utilizing the camera as a tool to convey a character and tell a compelling story. By doing so, your photographs will become more captivating, ultimately leading to a more prosperous modeling career.
Are there any models or fashion icons who inspire you? I find inspiration from a diverse range of individuals and sources, but I must admit that my mother has been the most profound source of inspiration for me. Despite her tireless efforts, she consistently wore a smile and demonstrated love towards everyone she encountered. Her unwavering positivity and compassion have had a lasting impact on me.
How do you stay up-to-date with the latest fashion trends and industry developments? In my everyday life, I do not actively pursue fashion trends. I have developed my own personal style, which leans towards a more classic aesthetic, and I have a good understanding of what suits me best. However, when it comes to my professional life, I rely on the expertise of my agents and stylists who ensure that I am always dressed in the latest and trendiest fashion.
Do you have a dream project or campaign you’d love to be a part of one day? Certainly! My goal for the upcoming year is to become the brand ambassador for a cosmetics company. I am confident in my strengths and believe that my personality aligns perfectly with this role. Since childhood, I have admired the models featured in advertisements for renowned brands like L’Oréal, Givenchy, and Chanel. It is my aspiration to join their ranks in the near future.
How do you balance your professional career with your personal life and relationships? I have personally made the decision that success in my career, fulfillment, and love are all equally important to me. I believe that choosing one over the others would create a sense of imbalance in my life. Fortunately, I am currently single, but I have found an online soul mate who supports me wholeheartedly and understands the demands of my schedule.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in your career as a model? In the past, I used to struggle with being assertive and advocating for myself and my needs. Asking questions or expressing my desires felt like a challenge to others. Throughout my modeling career, I have encountered a few uncomfortable situations where photographers or clients made me feel uneasy. Examples include being observed while changing, filming the shoot on a personal iPhone, or being asked to undress for an “impromptu edgy look” Over the years, I have learned to address these issues directly or indirectly. It is important to remember that it is perfectly acceptable to voice your discomfort, both in personal and professional settings. I practiced asserting myself in smaller situations so that when faced with more challenging circumstances, I felt confident and unashamed to defend my rights.
Can you share some of your favorite beauty and fashion tips? I can’t live without the very basic makeup items such as my Shu Uemura eyelash curler and mascara, Kate eyeliner, Cle De Peau concealer, Fresh Sugar lip balm and Chantecaille Future Skin foundation. Brands-wise, I am a loyal fan of Chanel and Suqqu and I tend to collect new pieces from all their new collections.
How do you handle the pressure of constantly being in the spotlight? Glamour models often face significant pressure due to being in the spotlight. While each individual may have their own approach to handling this pressure. It is important to note that everyone is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s crucial for glamour models to find strategies that align with their values and prioritize their well-being throughout their careers.
What are your go-to fashion staples or must-have items in your wardrobe? To express my personal femininity, I believe that certain items are essential in my wardrobe. These include bras, G-strings, and naughty lingerie. These pieces represent my intimate style and help me embrace my inner femininity.
What role has social media played in your modeling career, and how do you engage with your followers? One of the key aspects of my approach is treating all my followers as friends. I make a point to keep them updated on my status and consistently respond to their comments on all my posts. In addition, I have created multiple social media platforms to maintain engagement with them. This strategy has proven to be highly effective and has generated positive outcomes.
What are your long-term goals and aspirations in the modeling industry? To be frank, I am not someone who extensively plans for long-term goals. Instead, I believe in living each day to the fullest and enjoying life as it comes. However, one thing I hope is to inspire others to actively pursue and engage in activities that bring them joy and fulfillment.
Can you share some upcoming projects or ventures that your fans can look forward to? I am thrilled to announce that there are some exciting collaborations in progress. Therefore, I kindly request my dear fans to keep their notifications on. The future holds not just brightness but sheer brilliance, and I am eagerly looking forward to having all of you join me on this exhilarating journey.
Thanks so much for your time, Where can our readers follow you on social to stay updated on what you’re up to? To stay updated with my life and keep track of my activities, the most effective method for my fans is to follow me on the different social media platforms that I am currently active on;
– Instagram: dr.mercy.li
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– Twitter: drmercyli
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