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Fashion From The Heart - Our Interview with Designer Theary Sim, 12/01/2010

by Nikeya Young

Theary Sim 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 for fashion?

TS: I've had a passion for fashion ever since I could draw and paint, which was about 7 years old.

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.

NY: What 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 my collections.

My family 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?

TS: It 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 management.

NY: Sorry 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?

TS: Thank 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 walking billboard.

NY: Where 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 projects.

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. 





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