by Nikeya Young
is a Plus Model, and the Designer/Founder of her signature hit clothing line,
"YouTheary Khmer". The 25 year-old Cambodian beauty has made quite a
name for herself in the Atlanta fashion scene with her hip new line! Hope you
enjoy getting to know Theary Sim.
NY: So you
are a plus size model and a fashion designer; how long have you had a passion
had a passion for fashion ever since I could draw and paint, which was about 7
Even when I was younger, I was heavier than the average child so I
knew that having the most fashionable clothes was out of my reach so I started
making my own clothes when I was 14. That's when I knew I was going to have a
career in fashion.
inspired you to launch your own clothing line at such a young age? How
supportive have your family members/friends/community been, of your line?
TS: I went
to school for fashion design in Atlanta, GA. During my tenure I styled for many
music artist for awards, performances and music videos. I noticed that I was
having a difficult time pulling unique looks that the celebrities wanted, so I
just learned how to sew the designs myself. Music is still a big inspiration in
and friends have been very supportive of my career. They knew, when I was very
young, I'd be the one to venture off and do my own thing. My father was a huge
inspiration and support in my life. After he passed, I knew that I had to
follow my dreams, because life was too short. I've been overwhelmed by the
acknowledgment I've received within my Cambodian community, for both my
standard and plus line. I'm 25 years old and I have a lot of learning and
growing too do. It can only get better from here!
NY: Has it
been difficult to balance a successful modeling career and clothing line?
hasn't been that difficult to balance modeling and my clothing line, but it
does have a give and take factor. I love modeling and I plan to continue,
however I have been focusing on my clothing line and I haven't been able to
attend as many castings or travel for bookings. I guess it comes down to time
to hear about the loss of your dad; I'm sure he's VERY proud of all that you've
accomplished. What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment in terms
of modeling and your clothing line?
you, I know he would be proud of his little girl. I would say my biggest
accomplishment with plus modeling would be paying it forward by speaking at
panels to aspiring plus models who want advice to get into the modeling
industry. That let's me know, I did something right. LOL My biggest
accomplishment with my clothing line is launching my REAL collection. It felt
so great creating a plus collection verses standard only. I can finally be a
do you see yourself 10 years from now?
TS: In 10
years, I see myself more on the creative directorial side of the modeling
industry. I want to provide an outlet where plus models can have the opportunity
to learn and work with the best in the business. I don't want a modeling agency,
simply a place where talented individuals come together to create amazing
I see my clothing line becoming a household name; everyone will be
talking about Youtheary Khmer at the kitchen table. In 10 years I will have
opened my 100th store.